Vivian is a College Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University and the Lead Researcher (co-PI) for the AAPI COVID-19 Project a multi-method investigation into the impacts of the pandemic on the lives of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin with graduate portfolios in Asian American Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies. From 2018-2019, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Weatherhead Center for International Relations’ Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, also at Harvard. Dr. Shaw is the author of several articles and chapters, including “Strategies of Ambivalence: Cultures of Liberal Antifa in Japan,” forthcoming in Radical History Review, “‘Extreme Pressure’: Gendered Negotiations of Violence and Vulnerability in Japanese Anti-Racism Movements,” in Critical Asian Studies (2019), and “‘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), among other pieces. She is currently working on a book that examines the ways that disasters shape political contestations over the meanings of governance, citizenship, and social inclusion. Exploring these boundaries, the book analyzes the rise of nativist, far-right groups in Japan, alongside the rise of antiracism/antifa movements in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear 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 environmental inequality; and a seminar on the sociology of science and technology.
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