Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
Shelly Steward is a doctoral candidate in the department of sociology at University of California, Berkeley and a National Science Foundation graduate fellow.
Her research examines the intersection of economic, cultural, and urban sociology, focusing on how people understand their own place in the economy and society. Steward’s dissertation looks at the ways in which people make sense of economically volatile industries, focusing on the American oil and tech industries in Houston, North Dakota and Silicon Valley.
Originally from Oregon, her career in sociology began as an undergraduate at Harvard, where she wrote a thesis about moral understandings of neighborhoods. Steward is also passionate about teaching, working with students both at UC Berkeley and at Williston State College in North Dakota. Prior to graduate school, she was a middle school science teacher on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.