My research focuses on technology, justice, and inequality (racial, gender, sexuality, and other forms of inequality), and what kinds of relationships form between people, information, and technology.

My work asks questions like “how is the design of information and surveillance technologies shaping social, legal, and data relations?” And, “how can we organize data and knowledge in a way that results in a more democratic and just society?”

Conference Proceeding Papers
Generative AI in Creative Practice: ML-Artist Folk Theories of T2I Use, Harm, and Harm-Reduction
ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (ACM CHI) 2024
R. Shelby, S. Rismani, & N. Rostamzadeh

How Knowledge Workers Think Generative AI Will (Not) Transform Their Industries
ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (ACM CHI) 2024
A. Woodruff, R. Shelby, P. Kelley, S. Rousso-Schindler, J. Smith-Loud, & L. Wilcox

In Whose Voice? Examining AI Agent Representation of People in Social Interaction Through Generative Speech
ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (ACM DIS) 2024
A. Hsing-Chi Hwang, O. Siy, R. Shelby, & A. Lentz

Creative ML Assemblages: The Interactive Politics of People, Processes, and Product
ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (ACM CSCW) 2024
R. Shelby, R. Srinivasan, K. Burgdorf, J. Lena, & N. Rostamzadeh

Sociotechnical Harms of Algorithmic Systems: Scoping a Taxonomy for Harm Reduction (Honorable Mention Best Paper Award Winner)
AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society (ACM AIES) 2023
R. Shelby, S. Rismani, K. Henne, A. Moon,
N. Rostamzadeh, P. Nicholas, N. Yilla-Akbari, J. Gallegos, A. Smart, E. Garcia, & G. Virk

Beyond the ML Model: Applying Safety Engineering Frameworks to Text-to-Image Development
AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society (ACM AIES) 2023
S. Rismani, R. Shelby, A. Smart, R. Delos Santos, A. Moon, & N. Rostamzadeh

Infrastructuring Care: How Trans and Non-Binary People Meet Health and Well-Being Needs through Technology (Best Paper Award Winner)
ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (ACM CHI) 2023
L. Wilcox, R. Shelby, R. Veeraraghavan, O. Haimson, G. Erickson, M. Turken, & B. Gulotta

AI’s Regimes of Representation: A Community-Centered Study of Text-to-Image Models in South Asia
ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (ACM FAccT) 2023
R. Qadri, R. Shelby, C. Bennett, & E. Denton

From Plane Crashes to Algorithmic Harm: Applicability of Safety Engineering Frameworks for Responsible ML
ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (ACM CHI) 2023
S. Rismani, R. Shelby, A. Smart,
E. Jatho, J. Kroll, A. Moon, & N. Rostamzadeh

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
Terms-We-Serve-With: Five Dimensions for Anticipating and Repairing Algorithmic Harm
Big Data & Society (2023)
B. Rakova, R. Shelby, & M. Ma

Situating Questions of Data, Power, and Racial Formation
Big Data & Society (2022)
R. Shelby & K. Henne

The Datafication of #MeToo: Whiteness, Racial Capitalism, and Anti-Violence Technologies
Big Data & Society (2021)
K. Henne, R. Shelby, & J. Harb

Technology, Sexual Violence, and Power-Evasive Politics: Mapping the Anti-Violence Sociotechnical Imaginary
Science, Technology, and Human Values (2021)
R. Shelby

The Prevalence and Correlates of Labor and Sex Trafficking in a Community Sample of Youth Experiencing Homelessness in Metro-Atlanta
Social Sciences (2021)
E. Wright, A. LaBoy, K. Tsukerman, N. Forge, E. Ruel, R. Shelby, M. Higbee, Z. Webb, M. Turner-Harper, A. Darkwa, & C. Wallace

Whiteness in and through Data Protection: An Intersectional Approach to Anti-Violence Apps and #MeToo Bots
Internet Policy Review (2021)
R. Shelby, J.Harb & K. Henne

Whose Rape Kit? Stabilizing the Vitullo Kit Through Positivist Criminology and Protocol Feminism
Theoretical Criminology (2020)
R. Shelby

Techno-Physical Feminism
Feminist Media Studies (2019)
R. Shelby

Obscuring Sexual Crime: Examining Media Representations of Sexual Violence in Megan’s Law
Criminal Justice Studies (2014)
R. Shelby & A. Hatch 

Book Chapters
Hesitancy, Solidarity, and Whiteness: The Limits and Possibilities of Rape Reporting Apps
Technocreep: The Creep of Caring Relations (Forthcoming)
R. Shelby

Value-Responsible Design and Sexual Violence Interventions
The Handbook on Public Criminologies (2020)
R. Shelby

The Pharmacy Prison: Auditing Prison Pharmaceutical Regime
Silent Cells: The Secret Drugging of Captive America (2020)
A. Hatch & R. Shelby

Sex Trafficking, Inequality, and Our Evolving Legal Consciousness
Focus on Social Problems (2020)
R. Shelby
Feminism, Intersectionality, and the Problem of Whiteness in Leisure and Sport Spaces and Scholarship
The Handbook of Feminisms in Sport, Leisure, and Physical Education (2018)
M. McDonald & R. Shelby

The Conjoined Spectacles of the Smart Super Bowl
Engaging Science and Technology Studies (2020)
R. Shelby, S. Barnes, N. Parvin & M. McDonald

‘I Incite This Meeting to Rebellion’: Sexual Violence, Law Enforcement, and the Radical Feminism of the 1909 Board Game Suffragetto”
ROMChip: Journal of Game Histories (2019)
R. Shelby

Lab Meeting: How Black Lives Matter in Forensic Matter
Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, and Technoscience (2017)

Public Sociology
Access and Opportunity (Chapter 15)
The Ethics of Advanced AI Assistants (2024)
S. Bergman & R. Shelby

Data, Power, and Racial Formation: Situating Data within Interlocking Systems of Oppression   
Big Data & Society Blog (2022)
R. Shelby & K. Henne

Apps Against Sexual Abuse Have Been Tried Before. They Don’t Work
The Conversation (2021)
K. Henne,  J. Harb, & R. Shelby

Bonus Episode: Rape Kits
Stuff Mom Never Told You (2019)
R. Shelby

Harm Amplification in Text-to-Image Models (2024)
S. Hao, R. Shelby, Y. Liu, H. Srinivasan, M. Bhutani, B. Karagol Ayan, S. Poddar, & S. Laszlo

Safety and Fairness for Content Moderation in Generative Models (2023)
S. Hao, P. Kumar, S. Laszlo, S. Poddar, B. Radharapu, & R. Shelby

S. Bergman & R. Shelby