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Barksdale-Shaw, Lisa

Visiting Assistant Professor

Case Hall
842 Chestnut Rd Room S304
East Lansing, MI 48825
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00-2:00 p.m. or by appointment


Lisa M. Barksdale-Shaw is a Visiting Assistant Professor in James Madison College’s Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy major. She completed her law degree at the University of Michigan Law School and her doctoral degree from Michigan State University. Professor Barksdale-Shaw’s scholarly specialization examines the narrative of justice, by combining several disciplines, including law, literature, and medicine. In her work, she foregrounds evidence and criminology, litigation practices and procedure, trial advocacy, material culture, stage properties and performance, racial trauma, ethics, state actors, and the history of law. Professor Barksdale-Shaw is a past recipient of several fellowships and grants, where as a graduate student, she was awarded the King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship and as a post-doctoral fellow, the Erikson Scholar at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA. She has published several essays and articles, most recently a piece on the political implications surrounding steganography, entitled “‘That you are both decipher'd': Revealing Espionage and Staging Written Evidence in Early Modern England," in A Material History of Medieval and Early Modern Ciphers, Material Readings in Early Modern Culture series for Routledge. Professor Barksdale-Shaw is working on several research projects, specifically on written evidence and racial trauma. This fall she will teach MC 111 (“Writing About Rights: Interventions in Critical Methods”) and in the spring MC 202 (“It’s the Principle of the Thing: The Law, Ethics, Criminality, and the Global Society”).