Kaye Husbands Fealing

Chair and Professor

Member Of:
  • School of Public Policy
  • Development Studies Program
  • Technology Policy and Assessment Center
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Kaye Husbands Fealing is Chair of the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She specializes in science of science and innovation policy, the public value of research expenditures related to food safety, and the underrepresentation of women and minorities in STEM fields and workforce. Prior to her position at Georgia Tech, Husbands Fealing was a professor in the Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, and she was also a study director at the National Academy of Sciences. Prior to the Humphrey School, she was the William Brough professor of economics at Williams College, where she began her teaching career in 1989. She developed and was the inaugural program director for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program and co-chaired the Science of Science Policy Interagency Task Group, chartered by the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Policy Council. At NSF, she also served as an economics program director. Husbands Fealing was a visiting scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Technology Policy and Industrial Development, where she conducted research on NAFTA’s impact on the Mexican and Canadian automotive industries, and research on strategic alliances between aircraft contractors and their subcontractors.

Husbands Fealing is on the Executive Board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and AAAS Fellow. She was awarded the 2017 Trailblazer Award from the National Medical Association Council on Concerns of Women Physicians. She currently serves on NSF’s Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering, the National Institutes of Health’s National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council, the National Academies panels on Review of the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs at the Department of Energy, the National Academies panel on Reengineering the Census Bureau’s Annual Economic Surveys, and the Georgia Intellectual Property Alliance. She is a board member for the Center for Organization Research and Design at Arizona State University, and for the Society for Economic Measurement. She has served on several committees and panels, including: the National Academies’ Developing Indicators for Undergraduate STEM Education panel; Council on Canadian Academies workshop steering committee; American Academy of Arts and Sciences Data Advisory Group; U.S. Department of Agriculture review panel; NSF’s Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Advisory Committee; several AAAS committees; and American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economic Profession. At Georgia Tech, she serves on the Institute for Data Engineering and Science Council, and the Intellectual Property Advisory Board.

Husbands Fealing holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University, and a B.A. in mathematics and economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Ph.D. in economics, Harvard University
  • B.A. in mathematics and economics, University of Pennsylvania
Awards and
  • Committee on Equal Opportunity in Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation, 2018-2021.
  • National Medical Association Council on Concerns of Women Physicians, 2017 Trailblazer Award, July 2017.
  • National Science Foundation, 2017- 2018, Workshop for Broadening Participation in the Economics Profession: Proposal Writing and Grants Management, with co-investigator Angelino Viceisza (Spelman College).
  • National Science Foundation, 2017-2018. Science Policy Research Report: A Research Agenda for Science of Broadening Participation in STEM, Employment of People with Disabilities, with co-investigators Paul Baker (Georgia Tech) and Connie McNeely (George Mason University)
  • AAAS Board, 2017-2021
  • AAAS Distinguished Fellow
  • Council of Canadian Academies, appointed for term 2016-2017.
  • National Institutes of Health, National Institute of General Medical Sciences Advisory Council, appointed for term 2017-2019.
  • National Academy of Sciences, Panel on Reengineering the Census Bureau’s Annual Economic Surveys, appointed for term 2015-2017.
  • National Academy of Sciences, Committee on Developing Indicators for Undergraduate STEM Education, appointed for term 2015-2017.
  • National Science Foundation grant, 2015, Science of Broadening Participation in STEM, with co-investigator Connie McNeely (George Mason University)
  • United States Department of Agriculture grant, 2014: Assessing the Outputs of Government-Funded University Research: The Case of Food Safety and Security, with co-investigators Stan Johnson (National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy) and Julia Lane (New York University).
  • Teacher of the Year Award, 2009 – 2010 & 2014: Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • Council of Graduate Students Outstanding Faculty Award, 2014: University of Minnesota
  • National Science Foundation grant, 2013: Science of Science and Innovation Policy Principal Investigators Conference, convened at the National Academy of Sciences, September 2012.
  • National Science Foundation, 2012: Women in Science and Technology Policy project, collaborative project with co-investigators Susan Cozzens (Georgia Tech), Debra Fitzpatrick (University of Minnesota), and Laurel Smith-Doerr (University of Massachusetts-Amherst).
  • National Science Foundation, Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences, 2008 - Distinguished recognition of leadership for developing the Science of Science and Innovation Program in 2006.
  • National Science Foundation POWRE Grant, 1998
  • MIT/Lean Aircraft Initiative Grant, 1993
  • Social Science Research Council, 1992
  • Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1992
  • MIT/International Motor Vehicle Program Grant, 1992
  • AT&T Bell Laboratories Corporate Research Fellowship Program award, 1981 (National Science Foundation Minority Fellowship award granted but declined to accept the fellowship Bell Labs).
Research Fields:
  • S&E Organizations, Education, Careers and Workforce
  • Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy
  • PUBP-4410: Science,Tech& Pub Policy
  • PUBP-6001: Intro to Public Policy
  • PUBP-6401: Sci,Tech & Public Policy
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