Jason Owen-Smith is a sociologist who examines how science, commerce,
and the law cohere and conflict in contemporary societies and economies. Together with collaborators, Jason works on projects that examine the dynamics of high-technology industries, the public value of the research university, and the network organization of surgical care. He
seeks to understand how organizations, institutions, and networks can maintain the status quo while generating novelty through social transformations,
scientific discoveries, and technological breakthroughs. Findings from this
research have been published in outlets including Administrative Science Quarterly, the American Journal of
Sociology, the American Sociological Review, Cell, Cell Stem Cell, Higher Education, Management
Science, Medical Care, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Methods, Organization Science, Research Policy, Science, and Social Studies of Science.
Professor Owen-Smith is Director [On Leave AY 14-15] of the Barger Leadership Institute. Starting in 2015, Jason will serve as Executive Director of the Institute for Research on Innovation and Science (IRIS).
He is the Barger Leadership Institute Professor of Organizational Studies, Professor of Sociology and Research Professor in the Insitute for Social Research (ISR) Survey Research Center (SRC) at the University of
In 2006, he received a National Science Foundation
Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award and an Alfred P. Sloan
Foundation Industries Studies Fellowship in Biotechnology. In 2008 he was awarded the University of Michigan's Henry Russel Award, which recognizes
mid-career faculty for exceptional scholarship and conspicuous teaching ability. In 2014 he was awarded the LSA Excellence in Teaching Award and the John Dewey Award by the college of Literature, Science and the Arts. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology at the University
of Arizona and a B.A. in Sociology and Philosophy from the New College of
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