Tom and Marie Patton School Chair, Professor
Georgia Tech School of Public Policy
The institutionalization of disparities in science
Despite progress, racial and gender disparities in science persist. Women and scholars of color remain underrepresented in the scientific workforce and under rewarded for their contributions. This talk will examine multiple layers of disparities in science, triangulating data from bibliometric data and social surveys to provide a broader perspective on intersectional disparities in scientific communication. Science of science provides a novel lens to evaluate these issues, drawing upon theories from sociology of science and utilizing new developments in scientometrics. The work will examine the contributions to scientific articles, disparities in productivity, and the impact of scientific work. Factors from grant funding to parenting will be examined as well as the ways in which the pandemic has amplified these disparities. The talk will close on a discussion of the science policy implications of this evidence and what institutions can do to improve equity and justice in higher education.