Renée Blackburn is a PhD candidate in the History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology and Society (HASTS) program at MIT. Her dissertation examines traffic safety and technology policy from the 1940s through 1980s, exploring changing ideas of freedom, responsibility, and gender in American culture. She analyzes how traffic safety policies emerged and were influenced by the triangulation of political actors, engineers, and the public, who garnered support for specific safety causes, like drunk driving and seat belt use, through grassroots movements and safety programs.
Renée has a M.S. in Industrial Archaeology from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, and a B.A. in Anthropology from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.