Edward Hackett

Professor in the Department of Sociology

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Email: ehackett@brandeis.edu
Office: Gryzmish Center 2nd Floor
Phone: 781-736-2131
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Social organization and dynamics of science; science and technology studies; sustainable development; social research design and methods.


  • SOC 120a - Technology and Society


  • Cornell University
  • Cornell University
  • Colgate University

Edward Hackett

Professor in the Department of Sociology


I study the social organization and dynamics of scientific research, and am generally interested in creative processes within collaborative groups. Of particular interest are groups that combine varied disciplines, professions, and members of the public. I am also interested in strategies to reduce global inequality while achieving long-term social and environmental sustainability. I am currently editor of Science, Technology & Human Values, the official journal of the Society for Social Studies of Science and published by SAGE.

Awards and Honors

  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2018)
  • Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer (2016 - 2017)


  • Edward J. Hackett, John N. Parker, Niki Vermeulen, and Bart Penders. "The Social and Epistemic Organization of Scientific Work." Handbook of Science and Technology Studies. Ed. Ulrike Felt, Rayvon Fouché, Clark Miller, and Laurel Smith-Doerr. Cambridge, MA: MIT, 2017. 733-764. (forthcoming)
  • Edward J. Hackett and John N. Parker. "From Salomon’s House to Synthesis Centers." Intellectual and Institutional Innovation in Science. Ed. Thomas Heinze and Richard Muench. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016 (forthcoming)
  • Cymene Howe, Jessica Lockrem, Hannah Appel, Edward Hackett, Dominic Boyer, Randal Hall, Matthew Schneider-Mayerson, Albert Pope, Akhil Gupta, Elizabeth Rodwell, Andrea Ballestero, Trevor Durbin, Farès el-Dahdah, Elizabeth Long, and Cyrus Mody. "“Paradoxical Infrastructures: Ruins, Retrofit, and Risk”." Science, Technology & Human Values (2016).
  • Edward J. Hackett and John N. Parker. "Ecology Reconfigured: Organizational Innovation, Group Dynamics and Scientific Change." The Local Configuration of New Research Fields, Sociology of Sciences Yearbook 29. vol. 29 Ed. Martina Merz and Philippe Sorman. Springer, 2016. 153-172.
  • Kintigh, Keith W., Jeffrey H. Altschul, Ann P. Kinzig, W. Fredrick Limp, William K. Michener, Jeremy A. Sabloff, Edward J. Hackett, Timothy A. Kohler, Bertram Ludäscher, and Clifford A. Lynch. "“Cultural Dynamics, Deep Time, and Data: Planning Cyberinfrastructure Investments for Archaeology.”." Advances in Archaeological Practice 3. 1 (2016): 1-15.
  • Sharlissa Moore, Hackett, Edward. "“The Construction of Technology and Place: Concentrating Social Power Conflicts in the United States.”." Energy Research & Social Science 11. (2016): 67-78.