VIVIAN SHAW                                                                                                      

ヴィヴィアン ショー


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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, “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, 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 2012, Vivian received her M.A. in Sociology from UT-Austin. Prior to her time in Texas, she attended New York University and worked  in maternal-child health policy and program administration at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

ヴィヴィアン ・ ショーはテキサス大学オースティンの博士課程大学院生である。研究テーマは、2011年3月11日の東日本大震災以降の、社会 運動の変化である。特に、反原発運動と反人種差別運動に関心がある。2006年、ニューヨーク大学を卒業した。

research projects


“Human Fallout: Post-Disaster Citizenship in Anti-Nuclear and Anti-Racism Collective Action in Japan”  (PhD Dissertation, in progress)
How is the emergence of anti-nuclear and anti-racist collective action after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster (3/11) shaped not only in crisis but through preexisting conditions of social inequality and discrimination? Where do gender and race factor in the processes of determining risks, both social and biological? In this study, I suggest that 3/11 surpasses the “local” politics of Japanese civil society, revealing transnational formations at work that structure cultural meanings around toxicity, disaster, gender, and race/ethnicity. I explore these questions through ethnographic fieldwork with anti-nuclear and anti-racist social movement organizations in Tokyo and Osaka.

“Atomic Memory: Theorizing Post-racial Memory and Trauma in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum” (MA Thesis, 2012)

Drawing from interview data, spatial analysis, and critical theories of race and memory, this project focuses on Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum to analyze the transnational conflicts that must be negotiated within institutional efforts to memorialize the atomic bombings. In this study, I argue that the atomic bombings and their cultural representations provide an important case for tracing the global roots of contemporary post-racial ideologies. 

The Digital Edge, Connected Learning Research Network

This collaborative ethnography was conducted with a team of researchers in Austin, Texas over three years. In this study, we followed students at a Central Texas High School and their families to investigate how conditions of social inequality. In our research, we found that such structures of marginality simultaneously constrained students’ opportunities to capitalize on the “promises” of digital technology while also motivating innovative practices of resistance against these very barriers.

Read my blog post: “Life after the Digital Club: Minority Students navigating their Creative Ambitions.”

Copyright Vivian Shaw 2015