Susan Cozzens, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

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  • School of Public Policy
  • Technology Policy and Assessment Center
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Susan E. Cozzens is Professor of Public Policy, Director of the Technology Policy and Assessment Center, and Associate Dean for Research in the Ivan Allen College. Dr. Cozzens's research interests are in science, technology, and innovation policies in developing countries, including issues of equity, equality, and development. She is active internationally in developing methods for research assessment and science and technology indicators. Her current projects are on water and energy technologies; nanotechnology; social entrepreneurship; pro-poor technology programs; and international research collaboration.

From 1998 through 2003, Dr. Cozzens served as 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, funding, and publication 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 has received almost $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.

Cozzens's newest book, co-edited with Jameson Wetmore, is the Yearbook of Nanotechnology in Society Volume II: The Challenges of Equity, Equality, and Development (Springer, summer 2010). 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)