About John Shaw

  • Psychology Professor
  • Former Public Defender
  • Neophyte Author
  • Proud Father and Husband 
  • Old Enough to Remember Rotary Phones
  • Young Enough to Know Who’s in One Direction

As a psychology professor and former public defender, John Shaw brings an intimate familiarity with the criminal justice system and the science of genetic engineering to Death by DNA, his first novel. John resides in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with his wife Carolyn and their two children, Carson and Kendall.

Education

  • Ph.D. – University of California, Los Angeles (1994) — Social Psychology
  • M.A. – University of California, Los Angeles (1990) — Social Psychology
  • J.D. – Stanford Law School (1980)
  • B.A. – Vanderbilt University (1977) —  Majors: Latin and Economics

Academic Positions

Lafayette College (1997 to the present)

  • Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Department Head, Department of Psychology

University of Texas at El Paso (1994 to 1997)

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Criminal Justice Program

 University of California, Los Angeles (1989-1994)

  • Teaching Associate
  • Research Advisor for Undergraduate Researchers

Office of the Public Defender of Los Angeles (1982-1989)

Deputy Public Defender IV – As a criminal defense attorney, handled several thousand criminal cases. Completed over 100 jury trials including numerous serious felonies such as rape and murder. For the last two and a half years personally trained approximately 160 new deputy public defenders. Frequently lectured on a variety of criminal law topics at departmental training meetings.

Office of the City Attorney of Los Angeles (1980-1982)

Criminal Prosecutor – Prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases for the City of Los Angeles.

Honors and Awards

  • Faculty Member of the Year (Awarded by Order of Omega (Lafayette College, 2015)  
  • Student Government Superior Teaching Award (Lafayette College, 2012)
  • Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award (Lafayette College, 2012)
  • Student Government Superior Teaching Award (Lafayette College, 2009)
  • Student Government Superior Teaching Award (Lafayette College, 2008)
  • Crawford Award for Outstanding Classroom Instruction (Lafayette College, 2007)
  • Student Government Superior Teaching Award (Lafayette College, 2007)
  • Marquis Distinguished Teaching Award (Lafayette College, 2006)
  • Student Government Superior Teaching Award (Lafayette College, 2006)
  • Thomas Roy and Lura Forrest Jones Lecture Award (Lafayette College, 2002)
  • Student Government Superior Teaching Award (Lafayette College, 2002)
  • Student Government Superior Teaching Award (Lafayette College, 1999)
  • Theta Chi Board of Governors Teaching Award (Lafayette College, 1999)
  • Shepherd Franz Distinguished Teaching Award (UCLA, 1994)