The University of Massachusetts Amherst


Laurel Smith-Doerr

Professor and Director of Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR)


Ph.D., Sociology, University of Arizona, 1999
M.A., Sociology, University of Arizona, 1993
B.A., Sociology, Pomona College, 1991

Research Areas

Science /Technology Studies, Sociology of Gender, Organizations, Social Networks

Selected Publications

Felt, Ulrike, Rayvon Fouche, Clark Miller, and Laurel Smith-Doerr, editors. 2017. Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, 4th Edition, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Smith-Doerr, Laurel, Sharla Alegria, and Timothy Sacco. 2017. “How Diversity Matters in the U.S. Science and Engineering Workforce: A Critical Review Considering Teams, Fields, and Organizational Contexts.” Engaging Science, Technology and Society 3: 139-153. 

Smith-Doerr, Laurel and Itai Vardi. 2015. “Mind the Gap: Formal Ethics Policies and Chemical Scientists’ Everyday Practices in Academia and Industry.” Science, Technology & Human Values, 40(2): 176-198.

Smith-Doerr, Laurel. Women’s Work: Gender Equality vs. Hierarchy in the Life Sciences. 2004. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers.

Smith-Doerr, Laurel and Jennifer L. Croissant. 2011. “A Feminist Approach to University-Industry Relationships: Integrating Theories of Gender, Politics and Capital.” Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering 17(3):261-269.

Smith-Doerr, Laurel. “Decoupling Policy and Practice: How Life Scientists in Three Nations Respond to Policies Requiring Ethics Education.” 2008. Minerva 46:1-16.

Whittington, Kjersten and Laurel Smith-Doerr. “Women Inventors in Context: Effects of Organizational Context on Disparities in Patenting.” 2008. Gender & Society 22(2):194-218.

Powell, Walter W., Kenneth W. Koput, and Laurel Smith-Doerr. “Interorganizational Collaboration and the Locus of Innovation: Networks of Learning in Biotechnology.” 1996. Administrative Science Quarterly 41:116-45. (Award for Scholarly Contribution, ASQ, 2002)

Paletz, Susannah, Laurel Smith-Doerr and Itai Vardi. 2011. National Science Foundation Workshop Report: Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Innovative Science and Engineering Fields.