Thompson 706

Institute for Social Science ResearchUMass ADVANCE



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, Gender/Race/Class, Organizations, Social Networks

Selected Publications

Smith-Doerr, Laurel, Mickey, Ethel L. and Kane-Lee, Ember Skye W. "Deciding Together as Faculty: Narratives of Unanticipated Consequences in Gendered and Racialized Departmental Service, Promotion, and Voting." 2023. Journal of Organizational Sociology (online first).

Joyce, Kelly, Laurel Smith-Doerr, Sharla Alegria, Susan Bell, Taylor Cruz, Steve Hoffman, Safiya Umoja Noble, and Benjamin Shestakofsky. 2021. “Toward a Sociology of Artificial Intelligence: A Call for Research on Inequalities and Structural Change.” Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World. 7: 1–11.

Smith-Doerr, Laurel, Sharla Alegria, Kaye Husbands Fealing, Debra Fitzpatrick, and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey. 2019. “Gender Pay Gaps in US Federal Science Agencies: An Organizational Approach.” American Journal of Sociology 125 (2): 1-43. (Awarded the Devah Pager Prize for best article from the Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility section of the American Sociological Association, 2020).

Villegas, Rodrigo Dominguez, Laurel Smith-Doerr, Henry Renski, and Laras Sekarasih. 2019. “Labor Unions and Equal Pay for Faculty: A Longitudinal Study of Gender Pay Gaps in a Unionized Institutional Context." Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy Vol. 11 , Article 2.

Smith-Doerr, Laurel, Shlomo Zilberstein, Tiamba Wilkerson, Shannon C. Roberts, Henry Renski, Venus Green, and Enobong H. Branch. 2019. NSF Workshop Report—HTF (Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier): Understanding Emerging Technologies, Racial Equity, and the Future of Work

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.