Mary Frank Fox

Dean's Distinguished Professor

Member Of:
  • School of Public Policy
  • Technology Policy and Assessment Center
Office Location: DM Smith 307B


Mary Frank Fox is Dean's Distinguished Professor, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology,

Dr. Fox's research focuses upon gender, science and academia--the study of women and men in academic and scientific organizations and occupations, with significant implications for science and technology policy. Her research has introduced and established the ways in which scientists' participation and performance reflect and are affected by the social and organizational settings in which they are educated and work.  Dr. Fox's research is published in over 60 different scholarly and scientific journals, books, and collections.  

Dr. Fox is an orginal Co-PI on Georgia Tech's NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant, and served as Ivan Allen College ADVANCE Professor (2001-2020):  A Pioneer of Inclusivity and Equity at Georgia Tech Reflects on 20 Years of ADVANCEs   In 2015, she received an award as "Section Star" from the Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association.  In 2016, she received the Gender Equity Award at Georgia Tech, and in 2017, the Ivan Allen College Distinguished Research Award, and the Faculty of the Year Award of the Student Government Association.  She was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2017.  In 2020, she was elected Chair of the Section on Social, Economic, and Political Sciences of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Fox brings to the national forefront issues of diversity, equity, and excellence through her current work with advisory boards and panels including those as:  Member (and twice past chair) of the Social Science Advisory Board, National Center for Women and Information Technology; Council Member (twice elected), Section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology, American Sociological Association; Advisory Board, Expanding Computer Education Pathways Alliance; Editorial Board Member of the leading journal, Social Studies of Science; and recently elected member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Electorate Nominating Committee, Division on Social, Economic, and Political Sciences, and elected to the AAAS Nominations Committee (at large).


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, Sociology
  • B. A., University of Michigan, Sociology
Areas of
  • Academia
  • Engineering
  • Gender
  • Organizations
  • Science
  • Science And Technology Policy


Research Fields:
  • S&E Organizations, Education, Careers and Workforce
  • Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy
  • Europe
  • United States
  • Gender
  • Inequality and Social Justice


  • HTS-6112: Studies-Science & Engr
  • PUBP-2030: Organizations and Policy
  • PUBP-4214: Gender,Sci,Tech&Pub Plcy
  • PUBP-6014: Organization Theory
  • PUBP-6403: Sci Careers/Workplaces
  • PUBP-6417: Critic Perspect-Sci&Tech
  • PUBP-8813: Gender, SciTech, and Policy