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Amber Shaw

Amber Shaw

Amber Shaw is an Assistant Professor of English at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA, where she teaches a range of courses in 19th-century American and British Literature. She teaches both introductory as well as advanced courses ranging from an introduction to research methods to a colloquium for honors theses writers and from a course on American women writers to a senior seminar on transatlanticism. In the first-year seminar program, Dr. Shaw teaches courses on travel literature and the literary afterlives of the Brontë sisters.  She also serves as National Fellowship Advisor, guiding students through the process of applying for awards such as the Fulbright, Rhodes, and Truman.

Most of Dr. Shaw's research focuses on material culture and the transatlantic intersections of ideas, authors, and texts. Her recent work appears in venues such as Symbiosis, The Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, and Crossings in Text and Textile. She is currently completing a monograph on mid-19th-century realism and the international cotton trade.

Through her scholarly work, Dr. Shaw also has gained archival research experience. In 2014 she held a research fellowship at Winterthur Museum and Library in Delaware, and in 2016 she was a McNeil Fellow in Early American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia and Historical Society of Pennsylvania.