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           Ph.D.                                         Columbia University                                                  1988


          Certificate (M.A.)                      Columbia University                                                   1988

                                                              East Asian Institute

                                                              School of International Affairs

          M.A.                                           Teacher's College                                                       1979

                                                              Columbia University

                                                              Family and Community Education

                                                              Univ of California, Santa Barbara                              1978

                                                              International Education

          B.A.                                            Cal State College, Sonoma                                         1975

                                                              Psychology and Pre-med

                                                              Emory University                                                        1972

                                                              Psychology and Pre-med



         2001-present                               Adjunct Professor, Cal. State Sonoma

         2003-2005                                  Adjunct Professor, St. Marys College

         2000-2005                                  President, Interact Research.  Consumer opinion surveys

         1999-2000                                  Educational consultant and writer for Mosaica Education, Inc.

         1998-1999                                  Academic Dean, Verde Valley School

         1990-1998                                  Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development and Psychology, Harvard University Graduate School of Education

         1990-1993                                  Research Associate.  Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University

         1988-1990                                  Research Associate, Project Director.  Far West Laboratory for Educational Research, San Francisco

         1989-1990                                  Lecturer, Anthropology.  City College of San Francisco

         1988                                            Lecturer, Anthropology.  Stanford University



          Saint Marys College                   Qualitative Research Methods in Education

          Sonoma State Univ.                     Liberal Studies, core curriculum.

                                                              Human Development Seminar

                                                              Freshman Seminar

                                                              Global Studies 200, 300, 350, 498

          Harvard University                      Culture and Human Development. 

                                                              Youth, Culture, and Society in Comparative Perspective.

                                                              Cultural Construction of Self, Person, and Individual. 

                                                              Practicum in Qualitative Methods in Education. 

          City College of San Francisco     China: Tradition and Revolution. 

                                                              Introduction to Cultural Anthropology.

          Stanford University                      Cultural Bias. 



          Board member (2010-present), Novato Youth Center.  Novato, CA.

          Director of Faculty and Curriculum (Academic Dean) at Verde Valley School.

          Duties:  hiring, mentoring and evaluating faculty, planning and scheduling courses, curriculum development, school accreditation, tracking student achievement, communicating with parents, coordinating application of special learning resources, developing academic policy.

         Director of Taiwan Studies Workshop for Harvards Center for East Asian Studies.

          Duties:  Manage a budget for inviting outside speakers, planning publications.

         Faculty Director of Masters Admissions, Harvard Graduate School of Education.

           Duties:  Oversee a group of (30) faculty and students for the purpose of evaluating candidates for admission to HGSE.



          1993-1995                                  Who Commands the Respect of Youth: Study of youth and moral authority in the Boston metropolitan area.

                                                              Funded by the Spencer Foundation

          1992-1994                                  Individualism in Taiwanese middle class youth. 

                                                              Funded by the Spencer Foundation, the Milton Fund (of the Harvard Medical School), and the Harvard Graduate       School of Education.

          1991-1992                                  Asian students adjust to American school settings.

                                                              Funded by the American Institute for Foreign Study Scholarship Foundation.

          1990-1991                                  Undercount in a multiethnic public housing project.

                                                              Funded by the U.S. Bureau of the Census.

          1988-1990                                  Changing Relations:  Asian  immigration in a San Francisco neighborhood.  Funded by the Ford Foundation.

          1988-1990                                  Community-based change in education.

                                                              Funded by the U.S. Office of Education through Far West Laboratory.

          1984-1986                                  Youth cultures, social identity, and social mobility in an urban Chinese setting (Taipei, Taiwan).

                                                              Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and the Pacific Cultural Foundation of Taipei.




       Shaw, Thomas A.  1996  Review of Van Maanen, John, ed., Representation in Ethnography.  Thousand Oaks:  Sage Publications.  In Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.

          Shaw, Thomas A.  1996  The ethnographer as youth's apprentice.  Journal of Child and Youth Care Work.  Vol. 11.  Pps. 61-71.

          Shaw, Thomas A.  1996  Taiwanese Schools Against Themselves:  School Culture versus the Subjectivity of Youth.  In The cultural production of the educated person.  Critical ethnographies of schooling and local practice.  Levinson, Bradley A., Doug Foley and Dorothy Holland  (Eds.). Pps. 187-207.  Albany, N.Y.:  State University of New York Press.

          Shaw, Thomas A.   1995  Review of Farber, Paul, Eugene F. Provenzo, and Gunilla Holm, eds.  Schooling in the Light of Popular Culture. Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press.  In Educational Philosophy and Theory, Vol 27, No 2, Pg 89 (3).

          Shaw, Thomas A.  1995  Are the Taiwanese Becoming More Individualistic as They Become More Modern.  In Harvard Studies on Taiwan:  Papers of the Taiwan Studies Workshop.  Fairbank Center for East Asian Research.  Vol. 1.  Harvard University.

          Shaw, Thomas A.  1994  "We like to have fun":  Leisure and the Discovery of the Self in Taiwan's New Middle Class.   Modern China.  Vol. 20, No. 4, Pps. 416-445.

          Shaw, Thomas A.  1994   The Semiotic Mediation of Identity.  Ethos.  Vol. 22, No. 1.  Pps. 83-119.

          Shaw, Thomas A.    1992  Review of Common Culture. by Paul Willis.  Harvard Educational Review, Vol 62, No 4, Pg. 552 (15).

          Shaw, Thomas A.  1991  Schooling for success in a non-Western culture:  A case study from Taiwan.  Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education  Vol 4, No 2, Pps 109-120.

          .Shaw, Thomas A.  1991  Taiwan: Gangsters or Good Guys?  In Deviance: Anthropological Perspectives.  Freilich, Morris, Douglas Raybeck and Joel Savishinsky, (Eds.)  New York:  Bergin & Garvey.

          Shaw, Thomas A.    1989  Review of A Chinese Beggars' Den: Poverty and mobility in an underclass community.  by David C Schack.  American Ethnologist, Vol 16, No 3, Pg. 579 (2).

          Shaw, Thomas A.  1985  To Be or Not To Be Chinese: Differential expressions of Chinese culture and solidarity in the British West Indies.  Ethnic Groups  Vol 6, Pps. 155-185.

 books in progress  

          Shaw, Thomas A.  in progress  Choosing New Ancestors:  Modernity and Moral Authority among Youth in a Changing Society.

          Shaw, Thomas A.    in progress   Learning youth culture:  Ethnography as Apprenticeship in the Everyday Lives of Young People.

 reports and papers

      Shaw, Thomas A.  1989  Newcomers and established residents in North Beach,  San Francisco.  Published for the Ford Foundation at Far West Laboratory for Educational Research.

          Jenks, C. Lynn and Thomas A. Shaw  1988  Educational restructuring: an early look.  In The Redesign of Education:  A Collection of Papers Concerned With Comprehensive Educational Reform.  Vol 1.  Far West Laboratory for Educational Research.  San Francisco.

 presentations at conferences

          Shaw, Thomas A.   1997   Symbolic entitlements:  The culture of new middle class youth in urban Taiwan.  September.  Conference on Taiwan.  University of Illinois, Urbana.

          Shaw, Thomas A.    1996  Individualism and collectivism in American youth.  Talk given at the Institute of Higher Education.  August 3.  Beijing, China.

          Shaw, Thomas A.    1995  The adolescent imperative:  identity and the historical moment.  Society for Psychological Anthropology.  October.  San Juan, Puerto Rico.

          Shaw, Thomas A.    1995  Convergence vs. Alternation:  Male and female perspectives in urban youth culture.  Building Identities.  Gender perspectives on children and urban space.  April.  Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

          Shaw, Thomas A.   1995   Youth and the historical moment:  the relevance of Erik H. Erikson for an anthropology of human identity.  Dept. of Psychology.  Yale U. Oct.

          Shaw, Thomas A.   1995   Self, knowledge and the historical moment in urban Taiwan.  American Anthropological Association annual meeting.  Washington D.C.  November.

          Shaw, Thomas A.   1995  The pursuit of pleasure:  Taiwanese youth adopt an international youth culture.  Pacific Bridges Conference.  October.  Davis & Berkeley, California.

          Shaw, Thomas A.   1995  Moral authority in Chinese political culture.  Conference of the Boston Area Cultural Psychology Forum.  May.  Cambridge, MA., Harvard University.

          Shaw, Thomas A.    1994  Modernity's changing sources of self.  Society for Cross-Cultural Research meetings in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Feb. 16-20.

          Shaw, Thomas A. and Colette Daiute    1993  The lived diversity of children's cultural identities.  American Educational Research Association Meetings in Atlanta, Georgia.

          Shaw, Thomas A.    1993  Ethnography and the study of adolescent lives.  Conference on Ethnographic and Qualitative Research in Education.  University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

          Shaw, Thomas A.    1992  The changing values of "modern" youth.  Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica.  August.  Taipei, Taiwan.

          Shaw, Thomas A.   1992   Modernization, moral authority, and the new Taiwanese youth.  New England Regional Conference of the Association for Asian Studies.  Boston, Massachusetts.

          Shaw, Thomas A.    1991  Youth styles and status differences in Taiwan.  Part of a panel at the American Anthropological Association meetings in Chicago, Ill. on Youth Subcultures and Styles:  Status and Identity in Pre-adulthood.

          Shaw, Thomas A.    1991  Who can command the respect of youth?  Conference on New Perspectives in Adolescence.  Harvard Graduate School of Education.

          Shaw, Thomas A.    1990  On Rivers and Lakes:  the moral sources of self for Taiwanese hoodlums.  Harvard Graduate School of Education Psychological Anthropology Colloquium.

          Shaw, Thomas A.    1989  The Chinese students:  A cultural analysis of Tiananmen square rebellion.  California State College, Sonoma.  Invited talk.

          Shaw, Thomas A.    1989  A Chinese cultural model of rebellion.  American Anthropological Association Meetings in Washington, DC.

          Shaw, Thomas A.    1987  Social identities of youth in a Taiwanese educational setting.  American Anthropological Association Meetings in Chicago, Illinois.

          Shaw, Thomas A.    1986  Liumang: rebels or reactionaries.  Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University.  Invited talk.

          Shaw, Thomas A.    1986  Cultural conservatism in the guise of deviance: A delinquent subculture in urban China.  American Anthropological Association meetings in Phila, Pennsylvania.

          Shaw, Thomas A.    1985  Youth cultures in the everyday lives of young people in Taipei.  Institute of Ethnology.  August.  Academia Sinica.  Taipei, Taiwan.



          1982-1983                                  Columbia University President's Fellowship

          1982-1983                                  National Resource Fellowship for study of Chinese.

          1976-1978                                  Kappa Delta Pi (honors society in education)



          Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

          American Anthropological Association

          American Ethnological Society

          Council on Anthropology and Education

          Society for Psychological Anthropology

          Association for Asian Studies

          Fairbank Center Advisory Committee, Harvard University



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