Susan Cozzens

Professor Emerita

Member Of:
  • School of Public Policy
  • Development Studies Program
  • Technology Policy and Assessment Center
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Susan E. Cozzens is Professor Emerita in the School of Public Policy. Dr. Cozzens’s research interest is innovation and inequality, with a focus on how science, technology, and innovation policies affect the intersections between them. Her current projects are on the potential for artificial intelligence to increase or decrease inequalities and on women in leadership in science-intensive U.S. federal agencies. Dr. Cozzens is on the Scientific Board of GLOBELICS, the global network on the economics of learning, innovation, and competence building systems, as well as its AfricaLICS regional chapter, and Chair of the Advisory Committee of CESTII, the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators of the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa.

From 2012 to 2017, Dr. Cozzens served as Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Faculty Development for Georgia Tech. Earlier she was Associate Dean for Research in the Ivan Allen College and Chair of the Georgia Tech School of Public Policy. From 1995 through 1997, Dr. Cozzens was Director of the Office of Policy Support at the National Science Foundation. The Office coordinated policy and management initiatives for the NSF Director, primarily in peer review, strategic planning, and assessment. Before joining Georgia Tech, Dr. Cozzens spent eleven years on the faculty of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Dr. Cozzens has served as a consultant to the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy of the National Research Council, Office of Science and Technology Policy, National Science Foundation, Institute of Medicine, Office of Technology Assessment, General Accounting Office, National Cancer Institute, National Institute on Aging, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Institute on Occupational Safety and Health. She has served on advisory committees for the Institute of Medicine (Committee to Evaluate Centers of Excellence at the National Institutes of Health, Framework Committee on NIOSH Evaluation), National Academy of Sciences (Committee to Prevent Destructive Uses of Biotechnology), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Liberal Education and the Sciences, EPSCOR Evaluation), the National Academy of Sciences (NSF Decisionmaking for Major Awards), and the Office of Technology Assessment (Human Genome Project). She has been an invited speaker and consultant on science policy and research evaluation at the National Research Foundation of South Africa, Ministry for Research and Technology in France, the Research Council of Norway, the Institute for Policy and Management of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, and the Fundamental Science Foundation of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Dr. Cozzens has a distinguished record of service in the fields of science policy and science and technology studies. She is past Chair of the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; past Chair of AAAS Section Y; past editor of Research Evaluation; senior consulting editor for Science and Public Policy; past editor of Science, Technology, & Human Values, the journal of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S); and has served on councils and committees for several professional societies. She received over $2 million in external funding over her career, for projects on policy topics ranging from Antarctic research to neuroscience to water supply and sanitation in developing countries.

Dr. Cozzens has published two edited volumes on technology and inequality: Innovation and Inequality: Emerging Technologies in an Unequal World (Edward Elgar, 2014), co-edited with Dhanaraj Thakur, and the Yearbook of Nanotechnology in Society Volume II: The Challenges of Equity, Equality, and Development (Springer, summer 2010), co-edited with Jameson Wetmore. She is also author of Social Control and Multiple Discovery in Science: The Opiate Receptor Case (SUNY Press, 1990), and co-editor of Theories of Science in Society (with Thomas F. Gieryn; Indiana University Press, 1991); The Research System in Transition (with Peter Healey, Arie Rip, and John Ziman; Kluwer, 1991); and Invisible Connections: Instruments, Institutions, and Science (with Robert Bud; SPIE, 1992). Her work has appeared in Issues in Science and Technology, Research Evaluation, Policy Studies, The Journal of Technology Transfer, Evaluation and Program Planning, Neuroscience, Social Studies of Science, Knowledge: Creation, Diffusion, Utilization, Scientometrics, Science and Public Policy, and Research Policy, and she has contributed chapters to more than two dozen books. She shared the Lang Award of the Technology Transfer Society for an article co-authored with Julia Melkers.

Her Ph.D. is in sociology from Columbia University (1985) and her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University (1972, summa cum laude). She is a recipient of Rensselaer’s Early Career Award, a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2015 she was recognized as a "Section Star" at the 25th anniversary event of the Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association.


  • Ph.D., Columbia University, Sociology
  • B.S., Michigan State University, Sociology (summa cum laude)


Research Fields:
  • Program Evaluation, Public Management and Administration
  • S&E Organizations, Education, Careers and Workforce
  • Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy
  • Africa (Sub-Saharan)
  • Latin America and Caribbean
  • Energy
  • Gender
  • Inequality and Social Justice
  • International Development
  • Race/Ethnicity


  • PUBJ-8000: Joint GT/GSU PhD Program
  • PUBP-4020: Policy Task Force II
  • PUBP-6401: Sci,Tech & Public Policy
  • PUBP-6753: Comp Science&Tech Policy
  • PUBP-8530: Adv Science& Tech Policy