Upcoming PhD defence: Diego Kozlowski

Diego KOZLOWSKI will defend his PhD thesis Topics and institutions in the reproduction of intersectional inequalities in science on Friday, 31 March 2023, 14h00-17h00, Campus Belval in room MSA.3160.

This thesis is devoted to the study of race and gender inequalities in topics and impact of US-based researchers. Using a large-scale database with more than 5 million articles and 1.5 million authors, this thesis aims to be an empirical contribution to the study of inequalities in science. As a cumulative type of dissertation, the three main chapters of this work are self-contained articles (see above). The first part, entitled ”Avoiding bias when inferring race using name-based approaches”, shows the potential biases that different name-based racial inference algorithms can carry. The second part, entitled ”Intersectional Inequalities in Science”, uses topic modelling to infer the research topics of articles, and shows how authors from different identities contribute differently to the topical space, and how this is aligned with topics’ impact. The third part (currently under review) studies the role of US universities in the reproduction of race and gender inequalities. We analyse the relation between intersectional identities, prestige, topical focus, and impact.