Laurel Smith-Doerr

Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts

Laurel Smith-Doerr is a sociologist who investigates how science, gender, and organizations are connected and become institutionalized in contemporary knowledge-based communities. Smith-Doerr conducts research on interorganizational collaboration, implications of different organizational forms for women’s equity in science, gendering of scientific networks and scientists’ approaches to social and ethical responsibilities, and tensions in the institutionalization of science policy. Results of this research have been published in her book, Women’s Work: Gender Equity v. Hierarchy in the Life Sciences (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2004) and scholarly journals including Nature Biotechnology, Administrative Science Quarterly, Minerva, Regional Studies, American Behavioral Scientist, Sociological Forum, Industry & Innovation, Sociological Perspectives, and Gender & Society.

Professor Smith-Doerr is Director of the Institute for Social Science Research and Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and previously held faculty appointments in the Boston University Department of Sociology from 1999 to 2013. In 2004-5 she received a Jean Monnet fellowship to the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Study at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. In 2007-9 she was appointed as a Visiting Scientist and Program Officer in Science, Technology and Society at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA. She received the NSF Director’s Award for Collaborative Integration for her work at NSF in leading the Ethics Education in Science and Engineering program and on the committee implementing the ethics education policies of the America COMPETES Act of 2007. She was elected as a Council Member at-large to both the American Sociological Association (2012-14) and the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) for a three year term (2011-13). She received her BA from Pomona College in Claremont, CA and her MA/PhD from University of Arizona.