Declan Abernethy

Ph.D. Student

Member Of:
  • School of History and Sociology
Office Location:
Old Civil Engineering Building, 221 Bobby Dodd Way


Declan Abernethy was born and raised in Saint Petersburg, Florida prior to attending Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Declan earned a B.A. in Science and Technology Studies in 2018. 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 current work focuses on the relationship of professional sport and community. He is concluding his master's paper, Imagining a United Atlanta: Atlanta United FC, Imagined Community, and Inequality in Modern Atlanta, which uses a mixed methods approach to study the rise and impact of Atlanta's new Major League Soccer franchise. 


More generally, Declan aims to work within the Sports, Society, and Technology program to further examine the role of sport in complex webs of technoscience. Declan's work focuses in the sports of soccer, football, track and field, and swimming but he enjoys working in interdisciplinary fields across sport. 

  • B.A. Magna Cum Laude, Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University - 2018


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