Before accepting a position at UT, Professor Shaw worked in several political campaigns as a survey research analyst. Shaw also served as a strategist in the 2000 and 2004 presidential election campaigns. He teaches American Government, Campaigns and Elections, Political Parties, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior, and Applied Survey Research. He is a member of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the National Election Studies Board of Overseers, the editorial board for American Politics Research, and serves on the national decision team for Fox News and on the Advisory Board for the Annette Strauss Institute.
In 2008, Shaw's book Unconventional Wisdom: Facts and Myths about American Voters (co-authored with Karen Kaufmann and John Petrocik) was published by Oxford University Press. This comes on the heels of his 2006 book, The Race to 270, which was published by the University of Chicago Press. In addition, Shaw has published articles in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, Political Behavior, Political Communication, PS: Political Science, Party Politics, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and American Politics Research. Along with Roderick Hart, he co-edited Communications in U.S. Elections: New Agendas, a 2001 book featuring innovative research in the field of political communication.