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1Name:  Dr. Brent D. Shaw
 Institution:  Princeton University
 Year Elected:  2012
 Class:  4. Humanities
 Subdivision:  404a
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1947
For advanced research work in Classics I went to Cambridge University in 1973 where I completed my doctoral dissertation research on pastoral nomadism and state regulation in the Roman empire under the aegis of Joyce Reynolds. After serving some of my first years in academia in the University of Birmingham and then at undergraduate institutions in Canada, I moved to the University of Pennsylvania in 1996, following a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study and a year as Visiting Professor of Classics at Princeton University. I then went to Princeton University in 2004, where I am currently the Andrew Fleming West Professor of Classics and Chair of the Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity. My principal areas of research have included the regional history of the Roman world with special emphasis on the African provinces of the empire; the demographic and social history of the Roman family; problems of violence and social order, beginning with studies on banditry in the mid 1980s, but shifting to problems of sectarian violence to which my current large work, Sacred Violence: African Christians and Sectarian Hatred in the Age of Augustine (Cambridge University Press 2011) is devoted. My current research is split between a major collective project on global history, entitled "Worlds Together, Worlds Apart," shared with other faculty in the Department of History at Princeton, and my own current work on the problem of economic activity and metaphorical representation.
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