“Look in thy heart and write.” – the Muse to Astrophil

Justin P. Shaw is a PhD Candidate in English Literature at Emory University. His research engages issues of race and disability in the poetry and drama of early modern England. His dissertation, “Race and Melancholy in Early Modern English Literature,” explores the interwoven rhetoric and performances of racial difference and melancholy in drama, poetry, and prose works from 1590 to 1690. Justin has taught courses in First Year Writing and Composition, Renaissance studies, and British Literature (poetry, drama, and prose) from medieval to mid-20th Century. Justin’s writing-intensive courses carried themes of Immortality and Ethics (Fall 2016) and Shakespeare, Politics, and Identity (Spring 2017). At Emory, he has served as Project Manager for Shakespeare & the Players and the Andrew Mellon Intern and Assistant Curator for two exhibits in the Michael C. Carlos Museum: First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare (2016) and Desire & Consumption: The New World in Age of Shakespeare (2017).

He holds degrees from Morehouse College (BA 2011) and the University of Houston (MA 2014). He has worked as an adjunct instructor at Lone Star College in Houston, and was formerly a public school educator in the Boston area with Match Education and Breakthrough Collaborative.

Justin is originally from Beaumont, Texas and also enjoys volunteering, discussing TV shows and 90’s Disney movies, cooking and eating. Follow him on Twitter @JustinPShaw.