Ashley Shew is an Associate Professor in Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech, where she participates in the STS PhD program, the Medicine & Society minor, the Disability Studies minor, the Bioethics graduate certificate, and Integrative Graduate Education Program on Regenerative Medicine. Her current research is about disabled expertise and disability-led narratives about technologies (in contrast to the tropey stories we usually get). She’s working on open educational resources on Technology & Disability with Hanna Herdegen, Damien Williams, and a team of undergraduate research assistants, made possible through NSF Grant #1750260, and she is writing a book called Technoableism to be published in 2023.
Ashley’s past work has been in philosophy of technology with particular interest in technological knowledge, animal studies, and emerging technologies. She is co-editor-in-chief of Techné, the journal of the Society for Philosophy and Technology. She is sole author of Technological Knowledge and Animal Constructions (2017) and co-editor of three philosophy of technology volumes: Spaces for the Future (with Joe Pitt, 2017), Feedback Loops (with Andrew Ganar, 2020), and Reimagining Philosophy and Technology, Reinventing Ihde (with Glen Miller, 2020). She believes in cross-disciplinary, cross-disability, and public-facing scholarship: she has written for IEEE Technology & Society, Nursing Clio, Nature, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Inside Higher Ed. She is a grateful participant with her local disability advocacy and activist community in the Disability Alliance and Caucus at Virginia Tech and the New River Valley Disability Resource Center (a CIL).