Julia D. Shaw studies and writes about American political thought as research associate and program manager for The Heritage Foundation’s B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies. Her subjects include the American founding, progressivism and modern conservatism.

Shaw also oversees the content of Heritage’s First Principles educational programming, from the Congressional Fellows and James Madison Fellows programs on Capitol Hill to the internal lecture series of the Center for American Studies.

She is editor of New Common Sense, the weekly e-newsletter of the First Principles initiative, and a contributor to The Foundry, Heritage’s rapid-fire policy blog.

A Texas native, Shaw received a bachelor’s degree in politics from the University of Dallas, where she graduated second in her class and summa cum laude. She won the Willmoore Kendall Award in Political Philosophy, given to the top student in the Politics Department. Shaw also was a Hatton Sumners Fellow through the University of Dallas, a Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute and a Fellow at the American Enterprise Summer Institute.

She and her husband currently reside in Washington, D.C.