Susan Silbey


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Professor Susan S. Silbey is Leon and Anne Goldberg Professor of Humanities, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, and Professor of Behavioral and Policy Sciences, Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Silbey is interested in the governance, regulatory and audit processes in complex organizations. Her current research focuses on the creation of management systems for containing risks, including ethical lapses, as well as environment, health and safety hazards.

Previous books include The Common Place of Law: Stories from Everyday Life (with Patricia Ewick) (1998), In Litigation: Do the 'Haves' Still Come Out Ahead (with Herbert Kritzer) (2003), Law and Science (I): Epistemological, Evidentiary, and Relational Engagements, and Law and Science (II): Regulation of Property, Practices, and Products(2008).

Silbey is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards including a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2009), Doctor Honoris Causa from Ecole Normale Superiere Cachan in Paris (2006) and the Harry Kalven Jr. Prize for advancing the sociology of law (2009). She is Past President of the Law & Society Association, and a fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.


"Governing Inside the Organiztion: Interpreting Regulation and Compliance - Forthcoming."

Gray, Garry and Susan S. Silbey. American Journal of Sociology. Forthcoming.

"The Availability of Law Redux: The Correlation of Rights and Duties."

Silbey, Susan S. Law & Society Review Vol. 48, No. 2 (2014): 297-310.

"The Courts in American Public Culture."

Silbey, Susan S. Daedalus, the Journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences Vol. 143, No. 3 (2014): 140-156.

"Constructing Consequences for Compliance The Case of Academic Laboratories."

Huising, Ruthanne, and Susan S. Silbey. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science Vol. 649, No. 1 (2013): 157-177.

"Are You Ready to Listen?"

Silbey, Susan. Ethnographic Studies No. 13 (2013): 74-81.

"Organizational Challenges to Regulatory Enforcement and Compliance A New Common Sense About Regulation."

Silbey, Susan S. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science Vol. 649, No. 1 (2013): 6-20.

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