Renee Shelby

Ph.D. Student

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

I'm 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
Distinctions:
  • Georgia Tech President's Fellowship, 2015-2019
  • Graduate Student Paper Award Winner. Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2018
  • Ivan Allan College Legacy Award, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018
  • Homer C. Rice Award, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018
  • Excellence in Teaching Higher Education, Georgia State University, 2016
  • Fellow in the Urban School of Law, Georgia State University, 2012-2013
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Georgia State University, 2012
Areas of
Expertise:
  • Body And Embodiment
  • Critical Legal Studies
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Race, Gender, And Class
  • Science, Knowledge, And Technology
  • Social Theory
Interests
Research Fields:
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy
  • Spanish
Issues:
  • Gender
  • Inequality and Social Justice
  • Bioethics, Bioscience, Biotechnology
  • Community engagement
  • Genetics
  • Human/Machine Interaction
  • Language and Popular Culture
  • Science and Technology
  • Technology