Erin Leahey (LAY-HEE) is a Professor and Director of Sociology at the University of Arizona. Her main research interests are scientific practice, scientific careers, and innovation. Recently, she has conducted investigations of knowledge that spans domains – both subfields and fields. With Sharon Koppman (UC Irvine), she has traced the diffusion of three unconventional techniques that were imported into sociology from other fields. With Jim Moody she has found that subfield-spanning research is more highly cited (Social Currents 2014). With Christine Beckman, she finds that field-spanning, interdisciplinary research fares similarly, but there’s a trade-off: engagement with interdisciplinary research also depresses scholarly productivity (Administrative Science Quarterly 2016). In a current NSF-funded project (SciSIP award #1461989), Professor Leahey is developing measures of universities’ commitment to interdisciplinarity, and assessing both the drivers of commitment levels, and the consequences of them for scientific research output and university prestige. With Attila Varga and Jerry Jacobs, she is examining whether and how large, secondary datasets serve as hubs that help scholars from multiple disciplines coalesce.
- Leahey, Erin, Christine Beckman, and Taryn Stanko (2016). “Prominent but Less Productive: The Impact of Interdisciplinarity on Scientists’ Research.” Administrative Science Quarterly.
- Leahey, Erin (2016). “From Solo Investigator to Team Scientist: Trends in the Practice and Study of Research Collaboration.” Annual Review of Sociology, 42: 81-100.
- Koppman, Sharon, Cindy L. Cain, and Erin Leahey (2015). “The Joy of Science: Diversity in Emotional Expression.” Science, Technology, and Human Values 40(1):30-70.
- Cain, Cindy L., and Erin Leahey (2014). “Cultural Correlates of Gender Integration in Science.” Gender, Work, & Organization 21(6): 516-530.
- Leahey, Erin, and James Moody (2014). “Sociological Innovation through Subfield Integration.” Social Currents 1(3): 228-256.
- Leahey, Erin, and Cindy L. Cain (2013). “Straight from the Source: Accounting for Scientific Success.” Social Studies of Science 43(6): 927-951.
- Leahey, Erin, and Laura A. Hunter (2012). “Lawyers’ Lines of Work: The Role of Specialization in the Income Determination Process.” Social Forces 90(4):1101-1132.
- Hunter, Laura A., and Erin Leahey (2010). “Parenting and Research Productivity: New Evidence and Methods.” Social Studies of Science 40(3) 433–451.
- Leahey, Erin, Bruce Keith, and Jason L. Crockett (2010). “Specialization and Promotion in an Academic Discipline.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 28(2): 135–155.
- Leahey, Erin (2008). “Methodological Memes and Mores: Toward a Sociology of Social Research.” Annual Review of Sociology 34: 33-53.
- Leahey, Erin (2007). “Not by Productivity Alone: How Visibility and Specialization Contribute to Academic Earnings.” American Sociological Review 72(4): 533-561.
- Leahey, Erin (2006). “Gender Differences in Productivity: Research Specialization as a Missing Link.” Gender & Society 20(6): 754-780.
- Leahey, Erin (2005). “Alphas and Asterisks: The Development of Statistical Significance Testing Standards in Sociology.” Social Forces 84(1): 1-24.