Jane S. Shaw

Jane S. Shaw retired as president of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy in 2015. Before joining the Pope Center in 2006, Shaw spent 22 years in Bozeman, Montana, with PERC, the Property and Environment Research Center.

Earlier in her career, Shaw was a journalist. She was an associate economics editor of Business Week in New York City after working as a correspondent for McGraw-Hill Publications in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. She received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Wellesley College.

She is the author or coauthor of several books, mostly on environmental topics, including Facts, Not Fear, written with Michael Sanera. She initiated a Greenhaven Press book series for young people, Critical Thinking about Environmental Issues, and was an author of two books in the series. In recent years, her writing has been primarily about higher education.

Shaw is a member of the editorial advisory board of Regulation (a Cato Institute publication) and the academic advisory council of the Institute of Economic Affairs in Great Britain. She is a former trustee of the Philadelphia Society, a group that encourages classical liberal thought, and a past president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, which promotes free market education. She is a member of the Board of Visitors of Ralston College, a college under development in Savannah, Georgia.

 Shaw is married to the economist Richard Stroup and lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.