Gary Shaw, professor of history, professor of medieval studies, was appointed Interim Dean of the Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Programs for the 2010-2011 academic year, beginning this July.
In his 20 years at Wesleyan, Shaw has served as chair of the History Department, vice-chair of the advisory committee, chair of EPC, and has been a member of FCRR and the faculty merit appeals committee. He is the associate editor of History and Theory. His numerous awards include an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, an American Philosophical Society Research Grant and Wesleyan’s Carole A. Baker ’81 Memorial Prize.
Shaw’s current project studies the “piepowder people” in the late Middle Ages, focusing on historical agency, mobility, and the circulation of culture. He is the author of Necessary Conjunctions: The Social Self in the Middle Ages (2005), The Creation of a Community: The City of Wells in the Middle Ages (1993), and is editor, with Philip Pomper, of The Return of Science: Evolution, History, and Theory (2002).