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Vivian Shaw is a graduate student in the Sociology Department at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests are in the areas of race & ethnicity and gender, focusing especially on science/technology, culture, and politics as they converge to produce racial and gender inequality. Her dissertation, "Human Fallout: Biological citizenship in anti-nuclear and anti-racist collective action in post-3/11 Japan," is a multi-sited ethnography that investigates the practices, mechanisms, and narratives through which Japanese anti-nuclear and anti-racist collective action groups organize and collaborate around issues of biological and social risk, citizenship, and political rights in the wake of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi on March 31, 2011 (3/11).
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.
In 2006, she completed her B.A. in Individualized Study, with a focus on Literary Theory and Gender Studies, 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.