S. Bradley Shaw

S. Bradley Shaw

McAllaster Senior Fellow and Coordinator of New Faculty Development

Year Started at GU: 1991
Phone: 618.882.3325
Email: brad.shaw@greenville.edu
Areas of Responsibility:

McAllaster Scholars Senior Fellow
Coordinator of New Faculty Development
Fulbright Program Campus Representative

Ph.D., American Literature, University of Illinois, 1991
M.A., English, University of Illinois, 1996
B.A., English and Religion, Greenville College, 1983

About S. Bradley Shaw

Since 1991 S. Bradley Shaw has served in a variety of roles at GC:  Professor of English, Department Chair, Director of General Education; Director of the McAllaster Scholars Honors Program; Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences.  From 2012-2014 he was the college’s chief academic officer as Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty during a presidential transition.  Currently he serves as McAllaster Senior Fellow and Coordinator of New Faculty Development. 

Shaw earned his Ph.D. in American Literature at the University of Illinois focusing on the work of popular women writers in the nineteenth century.  Since coming to GC he has expanded his areas of interest by exploring African-American literature and the Slave Narrative Tradition, the Literature of the American South, and the relationship between popular film and religious belief. 

During the course of his career he has been awarded research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Pew Charitable Trust, and Yale University's Gilder/Lehrman Institute of American History.  In May 1998 he was an invited lecturer for a two-week graduate seminar at Rome’s Center for American Studies.  In 1997-1998 and again in 2004-2005, Shaw was appointed Fulbright Professor of American Literature & Culture at the University of Bergen in Norway.  In 2011 he partnered with Craig Detweiler of Pepperdine University to edit a special theme issue of the academic journal Christian Scholars’ Review on “Intersections between Faith & Film.”  In 2016 he was a named a CCCU Dellenback Fellow to support his faculty development work at Ugandan Christian University.


  • African-American Literature
  • Introduction to Film Studies
  • Film History & Theory

Publications and Presentations

Selected Publications:

  • “Reel Presence: Intersections between Faith & Film.” Editor, special theme issue of Christian Scholar's Review. Summer 2011.
  • “Baptizing Boo:  Religion in the Cinematic Southern Gothic.”  Mississippi Quarterly.  Summer 2010:  445-476.
  • "New England Gothic by the Light of Common Day: Lizzie Borden and Mary E. Wilkins Freeman's The Long Arm."  The New England Quarterly 70 (1997):  211-236.
  • "The Pliable Rhetoric of Domesticity."  The Stowe Debate: Rhetorical Strategies in "Uncle Tom's Cabin."  Lowance, Westbrook, and De Prospo, editors.  Amherst:  University of Massachusetts, 1994.  73-98.

Selected Presentations:

  • “Using FLIC Videos as a Faculty Development Resource.” CCCU CAO Meeting, CIC Institute for Chief Academic Officers, November 3, 2012.
  • “Gospel Spooks: The Cinematic Southern Gothic from To Kill a Mockingbird to Get Low.”  Transcendence: Dark and Light--Cinema Studies Conference, Los Angeles Film Studies Center, April 1, 2011.
  • “3:00 a.m. Questions:  Balancing Teaching, Research, and the Demands of Family Life.”  CCCU New Faculty Workshop.  Azusa Pacific University.  June 6, 2007.
  • “Baptizing Boo:  Religion in the Cinematic Southern Gothic.”  Faculty Forum.  Greenville College.  March 29, 2007.
  • “Grand Canyon:  A Short Story.”  Plenary Address.  Greenville College, April 5, 2006.
  • “Mary Louise Booth and Mary E. Wilkins Freeman’s Fashionable Fiction.”  Modern Language Association. Washington, DC, December 28, 2005.
  • “Religion and the Cinematic Southern Gothic from Boo Radley to Sling Blade.”  Nordic Association for American Studies. Växjö University, Sweden, May 26, 2005.
  • “Horton Foote, Robert Duvall and Religious Dimensions of the Cinematic Southern Gothic.”  French Association for American Studies. University of Lille, France, May 24, 2005.
  • “Mary E. Wilkins Freeman’s Sentimental Cure for the Problematic Puritan Origins of the American Self.”  Irish Association for American Studies. University of Cork, April 22, 2005.
  • “The Displaced Person in a Gray Flannel Suit:  O’Connor’s A Good Man Is Hard to Find 50 Years Later.” British Association for American Studies. Cambridge, England, April 14, 2005.
  • “Southern Re-Renaissance: Contemporary Fiction of the American South.”  The American Studies Association of Norway. Oslo, September 24, 2004.
  • “Small Worlds,” Convocation Address. Greenville College, September 5, 2002.
  • “A Critical Edition of Mary E. Wilkins Freeman’s Pembroke.”  Pew Summer Research Seminar.  Gordon College, June 10, 1999
  • “Fulbrighting in Norge.”  Colloquium. Greenville College, October 27, 1998.
  • Free Will and Determinism in 19th-Century American Literature.  Five invited lectures delivered at the Center for American Studies in Rome, May 1998:
    • “Following the Footsteps: Reading The Scarlet Letter through Catherine M. Sedgwick’s Hope Leslie.
    • “Perilous Passages in Romantic Self-Authorship: Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs.”
    • “‘Determined Women’?:  Kate Chopin’s The Awakening and Wharton’s The House of Mirth.
    • “‘Too Much Man:’  Elizabeth D. Livermore and the Matriarchal Politics of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
    • “Mary Wilkins Freeman: Dissecting the Diseased Puritan Will in the Sentimental Novel.”
  • “Genre and Gender in the American Slave Narrative Tradition.” Invited Lecture. University of Bergen, February 1998.
  • “Elizabeth D. Livermore’s Radical Domesticity: Mrs. Pumpkin’s ‘Too Much Man.’” Margin and Center Seminar. English Institute, University of Bergen, November 1997.
  • “‘The Cool Web’ of Language: An Introduction to Deconstruction.”  Problems of Post-Modernism Lecture Series. Greenville College, April 1997.
  • "Sentimentality, Domesticity, and Gender in Uncle Tom's Cabin."  American Literature Association. San Diego, June 1994.
  • "Anti-Slavery Literature and Sentimental Discourse."  National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College Teachers: "Uncle Tom's Cabin and Antebellum American Culture." Newberry Library, Chicago, August 1992.

Professional Affiliations

  • Fulbright-CIES Campus Representative
  • American Literature Association
  • Modern Language Association
  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators
  • Christian Scholars’ Review

Related Experiences

  • Dellenback Fellow, CCCU, 2016
  • Humanities Editor, Christian Scholar’s Review, 2004-2010
  • English Program Review Consultant, Blackburn College, Spring 2010
  • Participant, Slave Narrative Faculty Seminar, Gilder/Lehrman Institute of American History, Yale University, June 2008
  • Faculty Mentor and Invited Speaker, CCCU New Faculty Workshop, Azusa Pacific University, June 2007
  • Fulbright Scholar, University of Bergen, Norway, 2004-2005
  • Pew Summer Research Seminar, Gordon College, June 1998
  • Pew/Reinhard Research Fellowship, Greenville College, 1998-1999
  • Fulbright Scholar, University of Bergen, Norway, 1997-1998
  • Assistant Director, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar: “Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Antebellum American Culture,” Newberry Library, June-July, 1995
  • Participant, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar: “Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Antebellum American Culture,” Newberry Library, June-August, 1992 

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