Department of Psychology and the College
Alex Shaw studies how children and adults navigate the complex social world by maintaining their own and tracking other people’s reputations, including the behavioral strategies that people deploy to manipulate their public images and counter-strategies that others use to see through such self-promotion. His research to date has been primarily focused on why people have a concern with fairness and a desire for people to be paid equally for doing equal work. His investigations draw on theories that are rooted in philosophy and behavioral economics, as well as developmental, social, and evolutionary psychology, to investigate the ways in which people modify their behavior in order to change how others see them. Shaw has also conducted research on children’s developing intuitions about intellectual property, morality, resource conflict, gossip, and alliances (friendships).
Shaw is the lead author of numerous scholarly articles appearing in such publications as Developmental Science, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, and Current Directions in Psychological Science.
He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his PhD from Yale University. He then held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.