Doctoral Candidate

Contact Info

Baldwin Hall, Room G-20
Office Hours:
Fridays 1:30-3:20

Shelly Biesel is a cultural anthropologist working in the Humans and Environmental Change Lab. Her research explores the gendered and racialized dimensions of agro-industrial energy development in Northeast Brazil. She also contributes to the ADAPTA project in Ceará, examining how contrasting water ethics inform water allocation and governance in semi-arid regions affected by climate change.

Shelly is affiliated with UGA's Institute for Women's Studies and the Latin American and Caribbean Institute (LACSI). She is also President of the Anthropology Graduate Student Organization (AGSO).

Of note:

2019 Graduate School Dean's Award for Arts and Humanities

2019 Willson Center Graduate Research Award 

2018 LACSI Summer Research Award 

2017 FLAS Fellow, Department of Education

2016 FLAS Fellow, Department of Education

2016 Rhoda Halperin Memorial Award, Society for Economic Anthropology


M.A. Anthropology, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

B.A. Anthropology and Studio Art, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY