Dr Rebecca Shaw

Dr Rebecca Shaw


I joined the School of Law as a Lecturer in Law in October 2021, having completed by 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 aim to develop this narratological methodology further in a modern context, focusing on how can narrative theory can be used to examine and understand the development of hegemonic narratives regarding the construction of women, both victims and perpetrators, and their place within the modern criminal justice system.

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

Professional memberships

  • International Society for the Study of Narrative

Student education

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