Hidden Injustice and Anti-Science

  • Laurel Smith-Doerr University of Massachusetts
Keywords: anti-science, hidden injustice, science and technology studies, organizations


This essay responds to the five articles on Anti-Science in this journal issue by discussing a significant theme identified across all of them: hidden injustice. Some of the ways that injustice is hidden by organizational forces related to anti-science are identified. In response, the essay points to the need for empirical data on anti-science policies, a symmetric approach to anti-science contexts, and institutional analysis of anti-science power imbalances. Additionally, a reflexive question about whether anti-science analysis in STS leads the field toward racial justice is raised. The essay calls for further organizational level research with a critical STS lens to uncover hidden injustice.

Author Biography

Laurel Smith-Doerr, University of Massachusetts

Laurel Smith-Doerr is Professor of Sociology at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She currently serves as Chair of the Science, Knowledge, and Technology section of the American Sociological Association. In 2020 she is a Fulbright Scholar in Hamburg, conducting research on AI knowledge production, equity, and recruitment in the tech workforce in the US and Germany.


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