Lisa M. Barksdale-Shaw an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and an Affiliated Faculty in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. She is also a member of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. In 2016, she studied racial trauma in-residence during a post-doctoral fellowship as the Erikson Scholar in the Erikson Institute for Education and Research at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She examines narratives of justice using law, literature, race, and medicine. Examining law and literature, she has published on early modern cryptography using Shakespeare, Marlowe, and Webster in Routledge’s “Material Readings in Early Modern Culture” series (2018), land reform and Julius Caesar’s will in Shakespeare in Southern Africa (2020), and Othello’s racial trauma in Shakespeare Survey (2022). She has presented her work at international conferences such as Shakespeare Association of America, Renaissance Society of America, the Globe’s Shakespeare and Race Festival, and Shakespeare Society in Southern Africa.