Declan Abernethy

Ph.D. Student

Member Of:
  • School of History and Sociology
Office Location: Old Civil Engineering Building, 221 Bobby Dodd Way
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Declan Abernethy was born and raised in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Declan earned a B.A. in Science and Technology Studies in 2018 from Cornell University. At Cornell, Declan wrote a senior honors thesis, Governing Bodies: Rules, Technoscience and Athletes in Elite Competition, which studied the impacts of technoscience on athletes and rulemaking for new technoscientific developments within sport. 

After graduating from Cornell, Declan joined the Georgia Institute of Technology as a PhD student in the History and Sociology of Technology and Science. Declan's master's paper, Imagining a United Atlanta: Atlanta United FC, Imagined Community, and Inequality in Modern Atlanta used a mixed-methods approach to study the rise and impact of Atlanta's Major League Soccer franchise on Atlantans. Declan is currently working on his dissertation, a history of the United States Women's National Soccer Team, titled Grass Ceiling: The United States Women’s National Team, Politics, and the Making of 21st Century Icons. In addition to his dissertation, Declan is a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at Georgia Tech and helps to facilitate the program's mission of improving graduate and faculty teaching on campus. 


Faculty Advisor:
Johnny Smith
  • B.A. Magna Cum Laude, Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University - 2018
  • M.S. History and Sociology of Technology and Science, Georgia Institute of Technology - 2020
Awards and
  • Homer Rice Award 2021
  • Herbert P. Haley Award 2022
  • Blended and Online Learning Design (BOLD) Graduate Fellow
  • Center for Teaching and Learning Graduate Teaching Fellow 2022-2023
Areas of
  • Sport History, Soccer History, USWNT, Science And Technology Studies, Sport Sociology


Research Fields:
  • History of Technology/Engineering and Society
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy
  • Science and Technology
  • Sports