Jason Owen-Smith is the Barger Leadership Institute Professor of Organizational Studies; a professor of sociology; a research professor in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan where he also directs the Institute for Research on Innovation and Science (IRIS); and a professor of public policy at the Ford School. Owen-Smith uses dynamic network methods with large scale data sets to examine topics relevant to science policy, innovation, higher education, regional economic development and medical care. He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Industries Studies Fellowship in Biotechnology. In 2008, Owen-Smith received the University of Michigan's Henry Russel Award, which recognizes mid-career faculty for exceptional scholarship and conspicuous teaching ability. He received his MA and PhD in sociology at the University of Arizona.