Vivian Shaw

Affiliated Graduate Students

Vivian Shaw is a PhD Candidate in the Sociology Department at The University of Texas at Austin and a Visiting Scholar at Sophia University (Tokyo). Her research interests are in the areas of race & ethnicity and gender, focusing especially on these issues in relation to science/technology, culture, and human rights. Her dissertation, “Human Fallout: Post-Disaster Citizenship in Anti-Nuclear and Anti-Racism Collective Action in Japan,” involves an ethnographic study of anti-nuclear and anti-racism social movement networks in Tokyo and Osaka, examining how the political crisis of nuclear disaster has set the stage for emerging anti-racism politics. Vivian's dissertation research is funded by a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellowship, the latter of which is a joint award with the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). Vivian is also a Graduate Fellow in the Urban Ethnography Lab, a group of faculty and graduate students involved with ethnographic and qualitative research. In 2015, Vivian served as a Summer Graduate Fellow with the UT's Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. Prior to her time in Texas, she earned her BA from New York University and worked in maternal-child health policy and program administration at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.