Dr Rebecca Shaw

Dr Rebecca Shaw


I joined the School of Law as a Lecturer in Law in October 2021, having completed my PhD in Law and Classics at the University of Bristol.

Research interests

I am a legal-narratologist with particular research interests in the story scripts, dynamics and characterisations of socio-legal and cultural narratives which frame and underpin legislation, and specifically women’s experiences with the law.

My research to date has involved carrying out a narratological study of a body of ancient Roman legislation dating to 18BCE, focusing on, inter alia, the characterisation of women and the impact of the law’s creation of profoundly unpopular and artificial character roles.

I am to develop this narratological methodology further in a modern context, focusing on how narrative theory can be used to examine and understand the development of master and counter narratives regarding both victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse. 

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  • PhD Law and Classics
  • Bachelors of Law (Hons)
  • MA (Hons) Classical Studies and Ancient History

Professional memberships

  • Fellowship of the HEA
  • British and Irish Association for Narrative Studies
  • International Society for the Study of Narrative
  • Society of Legal Scholars

Student education

I teach a number of modules across the undergraduate LLB, including Criminal Law, Foundations of Law, Law and Society, Gender and the Law, and Evidence. I also supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Criminal Justice Studies
  • Centre for Law and Social Justice