Erin Leahey



Erin Leahey is Professor and Director of Sociology at the University of Arizona and an elected member of the Sociological Research Association. She is known largely for her work on science, scientific careers, and inequality therein. Recently she has focused on studying the costs, benefits, and precursors of interdisciplinary research at both the individual and organization levels. She has published over 32 peer-reviewed articles, including six in our discipline’s top three journals (ASRAJS, and Social Forces) and two in the Annual Review of Sociology.  Professor Leahey has been awarded over $1 million in research grants from the National Science Foundation and a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in 2008-09.  She has served on the editorial board of two of the three top generalist journals in sociology (ASR and Social Forces) as well as specialty journals like Sociological Methodology and Journal of Higher Education.  Professor Leahey has been elected to council positions in three sections of the American Sociological Association: Methodology; Organization, Occupations, and Work (OOW); and Science, Knowledge, and Technology (SKAT).  Her works extends beyond sociology into the fields of higher education, management, and information science – where you can find many of her collaborators and some former PhD students as well. Professor Leahey regularly gives invited talks around the country, and has been invited to give talks or keynote addresses in Germany, Sweden, Italy, Singapore, The Netherlands, Canada, England, and Wales.