Emily Shaw

Emily D. Shaw

Strategic Information Manager, Bloomberg Center for Government Excellence, Johns Hopkins University

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About Emily

Shaw is a researcher, writer, and advocate with a passion for state and local government. Prior to coming to GovEx, she spent several years leading state and local policy work at the Sunlight Foundation where she supported the development of open data policies as well as other initiatives aimed at increasing public access and involvement. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and has written on municipal civic technology, data publication, privacy, and the implications of state and local policy shifts for political outcomes. Emily has worked for a range of governance-focused organizations including the ACLU, Human Rights Watch, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Global Integrity, and mySociety. Although she now works primarily on US subnational government, Emily originally focused on the countries of the former Yugoslavia, from which she feels she learned some important lessons about the interaction of policy and politics.

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Emily D. Shaw quoted on municipal fees by Illinois News Network, "State Towns Rely Heavily on Tickets, Traffic Violations" Rock River Times, September 29, 2016.
Emily D. Shaw quoted on data and civil rights by Stephan Babcock, "Police Data Played a Big Role in DOJ’s Damning Baltimore Report" Technical.ly, August 18, 2016.
Emily D. Shaw quoted on regulating persuasion, "Lobbyists Provide Information" Topeka Capital-Journal, October 16, 2015.
Guest to discuss government transparency on Valley Public Radio, Emily D. Shaw, October 13, 2015.
"Warm California Sun," Emily D. Shaw, Sunlight Foundation, October 7, 2015.
Emily D. Shaw quoted on ballot measure campaigns by Jeff Amy, "Money for School-Funding Issue Traced to Three Big Donors" Sun Herald, October 3, 2015.
Emily D. Shaw quoted on government transparency by Andrew Ryan, "Text Messages off Limits, Walsh Says" Boston Globe, August 9, 2015.
Emily D. Shaw quoted on working towards transparent government by Brian Heaton, "Will California Mandate Local Government Data Inventories?" Techwire, April 28, 2015.
"Opening Data for Stronger Cities: The 'What Works Cities' Initiative," Emily D. Shaw (with Christopher Gates), Sunlight Foundation, April 20, 2015.
Emily D. Shaw's research on systems set up within government to share data discussed by Ryan Sibley, "There's More to Criminal Justice Data than You Think: Delve into It with Sunlight's New Inventory," Sunlight Foundation, February 25, 2015.
"When Can We Legally Share Protected Data?," Emily D. Shaw, Sunlight Foundation, February 6, 2015.
Emily D. Shaw quoted on efforts by the Los Angeles city government to increase its transparency by Jean Merl, "LA County Supervisors Ok Creation of Open-Data Website" Los Angeles Times, January 20, 2015.
"Maine's New Marriage Law in Context," Emily D. Shaw, Bangor Daily News, January 8, 2013.
"Everyday Maine Politics: Be Informed, Get Involved," Emily D. Shaw, Bangor Daily News, October 30, 2012.
"Changing Rules Cloud Campaign Picture," Emily D. Shaw, Portland Press Herald, October 7, 2012.
"We Have No Shield against Negative Ads," Emily D. Shaw, Portland Press Herald, August 12, 2012.
"LePage's Restrictions on Bonds Hurts Businesses He Claims to Support," Emily D. Shaw, Bangor Daily News, July 24, 2012.
"Just Another Brick in the Wall," Emily D. Shaw, Portland Press Herald, July 8, 2012.
Guest to discuss Maine’s primary results on MPBN's Maine Calling, Emily D. Shaw, June 13, 2012.
"Analyst Takes Stock of Maine Primary Election Results," Emily D. Shaw, Interview with Tom Porter, MPBN News, June 13, 2012.
Guest to discuss Maine's last legislative session on MPBN's Maine Calling, Emily D. Shaw, April 26, 2012.


"Voting Norms: The Effects of Existing Practice on Opinion, Coverage and Reform," 2012 Annual State Politics and Policy Conference, January 31, 2012.
Studies state-level opinion and news coverage to find that state-level variation in voting laws create and reflect local cultures of voting. These differences refer both to concrete effects, such as the levels of voter turnout within a state, as well as less tangible ones, including opinions on the very meaning of voting and civic participation.
"Trends in Heroic Rhetoric under Economic Stress: Obama’s First Year," 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, August 31, 2010.
Posits that the economic crisis offered an excellent opportunity for presidential "heroic framing," a rhetorical technique in which the speaker aligns contemporary political issues with a heroic narrative of a victory over powerful antagonists. Given Obama's reputation as a speaker, it was somewhat surprising to find that Obama did not use significant heroic framing during his first year, even in connection with the economic crisis.