Prof. Sheley’s research considers how the law should account for subjective narratives in evaluating criminal and tort harm, particularly in the areas of sexual assault and white-collar crime. Drawing on her doctoral work on narrative and cultural memory, she combines insights from the fields of psychology, narrative studies, and sociology to make the case that the narrative aspects of harm ought to play a more consistent role in shaping civil and criminal liability, procedure, evidentiary rules, and remedies. Her work has appeared in the Duke Law Journal, the Wake Forest Law Review, the Indiana Law Journal, the North Carolina Law Review, and the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, among others. Her book, Criminality and the Common Law Imagination in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, has been published by Edinburgh University Press.
Prof. Sheley joined the School of Law in 2020. Before coming to CWSL she was an Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law. She has also served as a Visiting Associate Professor at the George Washington University Law School and an Olin-Searle Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to academia she practiced for several years in the litigation group of the Washington, D.C. offices of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. While in practice she was commended by the Humane Society of the United States for her pro bono work in the prosecution of dog fighting sponsors. She is proud to have served on the Board of Directors of the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society.