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Jennifer Kutzleb


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Davis, (expected 2015).
  • M.A., Sociology, University of California, Davis, 2009.
  • B.S., Sociology, Grand Valley State University, 2006.


Curriculum Vitae


Economic and political sociology, health and illness, science and technology, production of knowledge.



My dissertation looks at human microbiome research to understand how new scientific fields emerge. Innovation scholars debate the mechanisms that facilitate innovations in science. Some believe that network collaboration between science and industry are key to unlocking promising new ideas, while others believe that governments also play an important role in making these innovation possible, but how these collaborations should be achieved and how governments should play a role is less understood. My research uses a comparative, cross-national perspective to answer these questions. Looking at the case of Canada and Ireland's successful development of brain-gut axis research, one specific area of microbiome research, in comparison to the US will shed light on the ways that government intervention and collaborative networks between the scientific community and industry shapes emerging scientific fields, produces commercially viable scientific innovations and catalyzes economic growth.

Committee Members: Fred Block (Chair), Vicki Smith, Drew Halfmann and James Griesemer.