Erikson Institute

Current Scholar

Lisa Barksdale-Shaw, JD, PhD is the current Erikson Scholar at the Austen Riggs Center.Lisa Barksdale-Shaw, JD, PhD completed her law degree at the University of Michigan and after several years of practice returned to school at Michigan State University and completed a PhD in English Literature. Dr. Barksdale-Shaw's scholarly specialization is in the fields of "early modern English drama and the study of law and literature with interests in material culture, stage properties and performance, evidence and criminology, violence, justice and the history of law."

Dr. Barksdale-Shaw uses her specialties to consider themes of revenge and the genre of tragedies in literature and drama, and the nature of evidence and how it is presented on the stage and in the court. Her project as an Erikson Scholar is "The warrior gene: Racial trauma and identity in William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe."