Renee Shelby

Ph.D. Candidate

Member Of:
  • School of History and Sociology
Office Location:
Old Civil Engineering Building


Personal Pronouns:

Renee is a sociologist with research experience in gender and crime, technology, and youth violence. Renee is originally from Lansing, Kansas, and has earned an M.A. in sociology and public health at Georgia State University. In 2012, she was selected as Outstanding Graduate Student and served as an Urban Fellow in the School of Law 2013. Before beginning the HSOC Ph.D. program at Georgia Tech, she taught Social Problems and Introduction to Sociology at Georgia State University

My current project examines how technology helps to produce different cultural meanings of sexual violence. I've done research on digital communication technologies, the rape kit, and anti-rape wearable technology. I'm also interested in excavating forgotten artifacts related to gender equity and citizenship, like the Victorian-era board game Suffragetto.


Public/Academic Projects:

Race and Racism in Contemporary Biomedicine Working Group

Suffragetto: Reading Physical Feminism in Analog Game


Faculty Advisor:
Mary G. McDonald
Awards and
  • ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2019-2020
  • Presidential Fellowship, Georgia Tech, 2015-2019
  • Legacy Award, Ivan Allen College, 2018
  • Homer C. Rice Award, History and Sociology, 2018
Areas of
  • Body And Embodiment
  • Critical Legal Studies
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Race, Gender, And Class
  • Science, Knowledge, And Technology
  • Social Theory


Research Fields:
  • Digital Media
  • Media Studies
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy
  • Gender
  • Inequality and Social Justice
  • Bioethics, Bioscience, Biotechnology
  • Community engagement
  • Digital Humanities
  • Human/Machine Interaction
  • Language and Popular Culture
  • Science and Technology
  • Technology