Today’s episode of The Annex discusses the sociology of science, knowledge, and technology, with a focus on J.P Pardo-Guerra’s new book, The Quantified Scholar (2022, Columbia University Press). This book examines modern British efforts to improve research through the development of quantitative metrics and metric-related incentive systems, and how this scheme altered the behavior of scientists and academic departments. The study stands as one example of modern sociology’s efforts to understand how the organization and incentivization of scientists affect the character of how scientists do their work and what kind of information gets produced.
Our banter discusses America’s largest sociology departments.
- JP Pardo-Guerra (UC San Diego)
- Charles J. Gomez (Arizona)
- Joseph N. Cohen (CUNY Queens College)
- Daniel R. Morrison (Abilene Christian)