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We are a section of the American Sociological Association, and our purpose is to promote scholarly research and professional activity in relation to the sociology of science, knowledge, and technology. We began as a “section-in-formation” in 1987 and then became a full section the following year. As of 2018, our section has 586 members.

SKAT scholarship addresses a broad range of relevant questions, like: what makes some kinds of evidence credible? How do experts gain and lose trust? How do states set priorities for research funding, and who gets a say in the technological decision-making that undergirds decisions affecting population health, national security, or environmental sustainability? SKAT, therefore, engages with issues that are fundamental to building local communities, sustaining democracy and engaging human values.

The SKAT section organizes sessions at the ASA annual meeting, selects and presents awards for books and articles in our field, organizes mentoring activities, publishes three newsletters per year, and communicates with our members about relevant events, activities, and opportunities.

ASA-SKAT Section Officers 2020-2021

Chair Laurel Smith-Doerr, University of Massachusetts-Amherst (2019-2021)
Chair-Elect Aaron Panofsky, UCLA (2019-2021)
Past Chair Alondra Nelson, Institute for Advanced Study (2019-2021)
Secretary-Treasurer John Parker, National Science Foundation (2020-2022)

Section Council
Alka Menon, Yale University (2019-2022)
Kevin M. Moseby, Drexel University (2019-2022)

Katherine Weatherford Darling, University of Maine at Augusta (2018-2021)
Joanna Kempner, Rutgers University (2018-2021)
Diana Graizbord, University of Georgia (2020-2022)
Martine Lappe, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo (2020-2022)

Student Representatives
Renee Shelby, Northwestern University (2019-2021)
Cal Garrett, University of Illinois-Chicago (2020-2021)

ASA-SKAT Committees for 2020-2021

Nominations Committee:
Aaron Panofsky (committee chair)
Alondra Nelson (ex oficio)

Membership Committee:
Joanna Kempner (chair)
Madeline Pape
Alex Hanna

Mentoring Committee:
Alka Menon (committee chair)
Danielle Giffort
Mel Jeske

Communications Committee:
Kate Darling (chair)
Shiv Issar (social media)
Joris Gjata (newsletter editor)
Jeremiah Morelock (webmaster)

Merton Book Award Committee:
Owen Whooley (chair)
John Parker
Cal Garrett
Ethel Mickey
Shobita Parthasarathy

Star-Nelkin Article Award Committee:
Alka Menon (chair)
Renee Shelby
Jimi Adams
Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra
Alexandra Vinson

Hacker-Mullins Student Paper Award Committee:
Diana Graizbord (chair)
Grant Shoffstall
Shiri Noy
Yu Tao
Tyler Walton

Mentoring:
Martine Lappe (chair)
Alka Menon
Tim Sacco

Public Engagement/Liaison Committee:
Patrick Grzanka

Contact the Communications Committee

ASA-SKAT Bylaws

American Sociological Association

How to Join the ASA-SKAT Section

Online Teaching Resources

Video editor: Janet Vertesi