Elizabeth Berman

Examines the history of U.S. patent policy and emergence of biotech entrepreneurship

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Elizabeth Berman

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology

U.S. universities; U.S. patent policy; biotech entrepreneurship; economic sociology

Campus phone: (518) 442-4675
Campus email: epberman@albany.edu


Berman's research looks at how U.S. universities have taken on a new economic role during the past forty years. She focuses on changes in how scientific research is organized and connected with the marketplace. Her work has examined the history of U.S. patent policy, the emergence of biotech entrepreneurship, the creation of university-industry research centers, and the role of government policy in encouraging these changes.

Berman received her Ph.D. in sociology from Berkeley in 2007; her book, Creating the Market University: How Academic Science Became an Economic Engine, was published by Princeton University Press in 2012.