Vivian Shaw earned a B.A. from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. During 2018-19 she was a Postdoctoral Fellow for the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard. Her research uses feminist ethnographic methods to examine racial politics and social crisis in Japan and cross-national contexts. She is the author of “‘We Are Already Living Together’: Race, Collective Struggle, and the Reawakened Nation in Post-3/11 Japan” in Precarious Belongings: Affect and Nationalism in Asia (2017, Rowman & Littlefield), and “Anti-racism Before and After Fukushima” in Alternative Politics: Ethnographic Studies of Activist Cultures and Social Movements in Contemporary Japan (forthcoming, University of Hawaiʻi Press). She has received grants and awards from the National Science Foundation, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the U.S. Department of State, and other institutions. While at Harvard, she plans to complete her book manuscript on the dual emergence of hate speech and anti-racism social movement networks in the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
As a Harvard College Fellow during 2019-20 Dr. Shaw will teach three undergraduate courses: a lecture course on Asian-Americans; a seminar on Environment and Inequality; and a junior tutorial on Social Movements with a methodological focus on ethnography.
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