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Julie SheltonJulie Shelton

I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Sociology with concentrations in criminology and political economy. I received my B.A. (2002) and M.A. (2008) degrees in Sociology from Western Kentucky University.   During and between my academic endeavors, I worked for not-for-profit agencies offering community services to individuals with developmental disabilities.   My research interests include criminology theory, inequality, homelessness, structural violence, social movements, and social justice.  My most recent projects are exploring the discourse promoting solutions to homelessness and the effectiveness of digital activism in achieving mobilization.


  • 2013-14 - Social Justice and Social Change, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • 2007-08 - Introductory Sociology, Western Kentucky University
  • Julie Shelton.  "Structural Violence as a Cultural Project."  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, November 19-24, 2013, Atlanta, GA. 
  • Chien-fei Chen and Julie Shelton.  "How Do Social-Psychological Factors Influence Electricity Conservation and Support for Renewable Energy Policy."  Presented and the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, August 10-13, 2013, New York, NY (Presentation made by Chien-fei Chen)

2013-2014         Graduate Teaching Associate, Department of Sociology, University of Tennessee Knoxville

2012-2013         Graduate Research Associate, CURENT, Department of Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

2006-2008         Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Sociology, Western Kentucky University

  • American Sociological Association
  • The American Society of Criminology

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