Associate Professor

Office phone: (773) 702-1534
Fax: (773) 702-0886
Office: Green Hall 409


Alex Shaw joined the faculty at The University of Chicago in 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Psychology. Broadly he is interested in how human beings navigate the complex social world by tracking each others' reputations and by signaling to others. More specifically, he studies fairness, intellectual property, and reputation and how these things develop throughout childhood. Previously he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business and received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at Yale University.

Research Interests

  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Fairness
  • Moral Psychology
  • Friendships (alliances)
  • Gossip and Reputation


Shaw, A., & Olson, K.R. (2015). Whose idea is it anyway: The importance of reputation in acknowledgement. Developmental Science.

Shaw, A. (2013). Beyond "To share or not to share": The impartiality account of fairness. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 22, 413-417.

Shaw, A., DeScioli, P., & Olson, K.R. (2012). Fairness versus favoritism in children. Evolution and Human Behavior, 33, 736-745.

Shaw, A., & Olson, K.R. (2012). Children discard a resource to avoid inequality. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141, 382-395.


Visit the Developmental Invesitigations of Behavior and Strategy Laboratory (DIBS) website.

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