Ph.D., University of California, 1988
Dr. Scott is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Kentucky. She is the Past President of the Appalachian Studies Association. Her interests center upon social inequality, gender, the politics of identity and commemoration, theory, qualitative methods, participatory action research and social movements in Appalachia and Northern Ireland. Dr. Scott's work appears in Rural Sociology, Annual Review of Sociology, Qualitative Sociology, Journal of Appalachian Studies, Appalachian Journal, and Action Research. Dr. Scott is an affiliate of the University of Kentucky Appalachian Center, Center for Poverty Research, Social Theory Committee, and Gender Women Studies.
Dr. Scott's ethnographic and interview research takes a feminist critical theoretical approach to understanding politics, commemoration, community and economic development and planning, identity construction and community dynamics. She is particularly interested in understanding and promoting democratic practices and social justice projects in conflictual, stratified, rural contexts. Her work focuses primarily upon Central Appalachia, although she has done research in Northern Ireland and New Zealand.
Shaunna L. Scott. (in press) “Social Class and Memory in Appalachia.” The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Vol. 21: Social Class. James Thomas, editor. Oxford: University of Mississippi Press.
Shaunna L. Scott.(2009) “Discovering What the People Knew: The 1979 Appalachian Land Ownership Study.” Action Research 7(2): 185-205.
Shaunna L. Scott. (2009) “Miners.” Encyclopedia of Rural America. Second edition. Gary A. Goreham, editor. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
Shaunna L. Scott. (2008) “Revisiting the Appalachian Land Ownership Study: An Oral Historical Account.” Appalachian Journal 35 (2): 236-252.
Stephanie McSpirit, Shaunna L. Scott, Duane Gill, Sharon Hardesty and Dewayne Sims. (2007) “Public Risk Perceptions after an Appalachian Coal Waste Disaster: A Survey Assessment.” Southern Rural Sociology 22 (2): 83-110.
Shaunna L. Scott, Stephanie McSpirit, Sharon Hardesty and Robert Welch. (2005) “Post Disaster Interviews with Martin County Citizens: ‘Gray Clouds’ of Blame and Distrust.” Journal of Appalachian Studies 11 (12): 7-29.
Stephanie McSpirit, Shaunna L. Scott, Sharon Hardesty and Robert Welch. (2005) “EPA Actions in Post-Disaster Martin County, Kentucky: An Analysis of Bureaucratic Slippage and Agency Recreancy.” Journal of Appalachian Studies 11 (12): 30-58. Current Research Projects
Co-editor of Taking Stock: Appalachian Studies Examined, with Chad Berry and Phil Obermiller. This volume will chart the history, contributions and mis-steps of the interdisciplinary field of Appalachian Studies from a variety of perspectives.
Growing Local Economies, a study of a UK Appalachian Center-sponsored local economic development planning project that is occurring in three economically distressed Appalachian Kentucky counties: Elliott, Estill and Owsley.
Long-Term Impacts of a Coal Slurry Disaster in Martin County, Kentucky, a study of the long-term community impacts of the October 2000 coal slurry disaster which released over 300 million gallons of toxic materials into Wolf and Coldwater Creeks in Martin County, Kentucky.
Kentucky’s Stream and Wetlands Planning Evaluation, a study of stakeholders’ perceptions of and suggestions for programs and policies designed to preserve and restore the state’s streams and wetlands.