Dr. Shaw served as Associate Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management for four years and oversaw significant growth in enrollment during that time. She also served as department chair for 12 years.  She loves engaging with students in the classroom and beyond and helping students achieve their goals. 

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Areas of Research Interest

International Organizations, Conflict Resolution, Human Rights, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Areas of Teaching Interest

International Relations, International Organizations, Human Rights, Global Issues, Conflict Analysis, Model United Nations, First Year Seminars


Select publications:

Cooperation, Conflict, and Consensus in the Organization of American States  New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

"Legalizing Norms of Democracy in the Americas" with Darren Hawkins, Review of International Studies (July 2008), 34, 459-480.

"The Evolution of Regional Human Rights Mechanisms: a Focus on Africa" Journal of Human Rights Vol 6:2 (Spring 2007)

“The Unexpected Gift – Oh, and you’ll be responsible for Model UN” in Pedagogical Journeys Through World Politics: Adventures in Teaching.  Jamie Frueh, ed.  Palgrave MacMillan, 2019.

"Designing and Using Simulations in the International Relations Classroom" with Bob Switky (2018)  Journal of Political Science Education Vol 14:1 (2018).  

 “Using Role Play Scenarios in the IR Classroom:  An Examination of Exercises on Peacekeeping Operations and Foreign Policy Decisionmaking” International Studies Perspectives.  Vol 5:1 (February 2004) 1-22.

Awards and Honors

President's Distinguished Service Award (2023)

Distinguished Scholar Award, ISA Active Learning Section (2019)

Leadership in the Advancement in Teaching Award (WSU) (2012)

Fulbright Scholar, University of Marie Curie Sklodowskiej, Lublin Poland (2011)

Excellence in Teaching Award Recipient (WSU) (2007)

Member of Phi Beta Kappa (1991 - )

Areas of Service

Select areas of service:

Faculty Ombudsperson (2022 -  )

Faculty Senate President (2017-18), President-Elect (2016-17), Vice President (2015-16), Secretary (2014-15)

University Strategic Planning Steering Committee (2018-2020)

Tenure and Promotion Committee (LAS College 2015-2018, Chair 2016-2018) (University Committee 2016-2018)

University Program Review Committee (2016-2018)

International Studies Association (ISA) (Vice President 2014-15, Regional President 2011, numerous service committee and section executive roles)