Professor of Religious Studies
B.A., Arizona State University (1977)
M.A., Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara (1980)
Ph.D., Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara (1987)
Phone: (508) 565-1355
Office: Cushing-Martin, 164
Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, Shaw graduated from Arizona State University in 1977 as Outstanding Senior in the Fine Arts College. He earned an M.A .(1980) and Ph.D. (1987) in Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Joining Stonehill in 1987, he has enjoyed working in the Religious Studies Department and with the entire Stonehill community.
Research interests include Religions of Late Antiquity, especially Neoplatonism; history of divination with an emphasis on dreams; contemporary religious movements that draw from Hermetic and Platonic sources; Jungian psychology; UFO phenomena.
He has published several articles on Neoplatonism and religions in Late Antiquity and a book, Theurgy and the Soul: The Neoplatonism of Iamblichus (Penn State Press, 1995).
RS 490 Directed Study
RS 412 Senior Thesis
RS 316 Neoplatonism
RS 315 Dreams and the Sacred
RS 314 Mysticism
RS 255 Religions in the Roman Empire
RS 252 Introduction to the New Testament
GR 140 Critical Encounters - Religious Studies (Honors)
GR 100 Critical Encounters - Religious Studies