Graduate students in the School of History and Sociology's PhD program in the History and Sociology of Technology and Science (HSTS) are excelling in their respective fields. This semester, we are featuring the work of three students in the HSTS program, Alice Clifton, Renee Shelby, and Mario Bianchini.
Alice Clifton has been selected to participate in the 2019 Summer Institute in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine at the Huntington Library in Pasadena, California, convened by Professor Janet Browne of Harvard University. The highly selective two-week institute on the theme of "How Historians Explore Science, Technology and Medicine" has admitted and fully funded sixteen graduate students or early career professors. It aims to give participants insights into creative strategies for collections-based research while providing ample access to the archive's comprehensive holdings of rare books and manuscripts.
Renee Shelby recently had her article titled, "Whose Rape Kit? Stabilizing the Vitullo® Kit through Positivist Criminology and Protocol Feminism" published in the journal Theoretical Criminology. Her article "Techno-Physical Feminism: Surveillance, Anti-Rape Technology, and Shifting Risk Paradigms," forthcoming in Feminist Media Studies, has won the 2019 Body and Embodiment Graduate Student Paper Award from the American Sociological Association. In addition, Shelby is one of 67 fellows from 42 US universities to be selected as a Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Completion Fellow. The fellowship provides a $30,000 stipend and up to $8,000 in research funds and university fees to advanced graduate students in their final year of dissertation writing. Renee was also recently given the Yvette Upton Empowerment Award by the Women's Resource Center at Georgia Tech and in 2018 received the Ivan Allen College Legacy Award for graduate students.
Mario Bianchini has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in Germany on his dissertation entitled “Modeling a Technological Future: Culture and Technological Imagination in East Germany, 1945-1990.” He will be affiliated with Germany’s leading research center on East Germany, the Potsdam Center for Contemporary Research. Bianchini is the recipient of numerous other awards including a DAAD Fellowship in 2017-18 when he launched research for his dissertation, and a Linda Hall Fellowship in 2019-20.