Department of Sociology

Vivian Shaw

M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Vivian Shaw



Asian & Asian American Studies; Culutral Studies; Ethnography and Qualitative Methods; Gender; Race & Ethnicity; Science and Technology; Japan


Vivian Shaw is a graduate student 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 science/technology, culture, and human rights. Her dissertation, "Post-disaster Citizenship: The Politics of Race, Belonging, and Activism after Fukushima" involves an ethnographic study of anti-nuclear and anti-racism social movement networks in Tokyo and Osaka, capturing a yet unexplored dimension of the 2011 disaster by 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 a Graduate Fellow in the Urban Ethnography Lab, a group of faculty and graduate students involved with ethnographic and qualitative research. She is also a researcher for The Digital Edge, a Connected Learning Research Network project led by Dr. S. Craig Watkins that is funded by the MacArthur Foundation. She is also completing graduate portfolios in Women's and Gender Studies and in Asian American Studies. Vivian is a 2015 Graduate Fellow with the UT's Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice and currently serves as the Student Representative for the Section on Asia & Asian America for the American Sociological Association.

In 2006, she completed her B.A. at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. Prior to her time at UT-Austin, Vivian spent several years working in maternal-child health policy and program administration at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.


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