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R. Daniel Shaw

Senior Professor of Anthropology and Translation

As senior faculty at Fuller, this professor primarily mentors students and only occasionally, if ever, teaches courses.

BA, MA, University of ArizonaPhD, University of Papua New Guinea

Courses Taught

MB520: Thinking AnthropologicallyMB560: Methods of Observing and Interpreting CultureMR520: Human Spirituality in Culture


C. David Weyerhaeuser, Faculty award (2006)$217k John Templeton Foundation award (ID 59142) Recruiting Field Data for Cognitive Science of Religion Questions, November 2015-May 2017.American Anthropological Association “Distinguished Member” award, Novemb

Areas of Expertise

Social anthropology, cognitive anthropology, anthropology of mission, Bible translation, communication theory, qualitative research methods

“Communication of the gospel message must account for the original communication as well as the communicators’ and the contemporary receptors’ circumstances. They enter into dialogue with the source that cannot change and, therefore, serves as the foundat


Dr. Shaw, in his book Communicating God’s Word in a Complex World. Explore more voices from the Fuller community on changing missiology here.


R. Daniel Shaw came to what was the School of World Mission in 1982 tasked with developing a degree in translation. Over his 35 years at Fuller he has taught anthropology and translation and specializes in research and methods courses particularly for PhD

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