Mark C. Suchman


Professor Mark Suchman (Ph.D. Stanford University, JD Yale Law School) came to Brown in 2008 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he held appointments in both the Sociology Department and the Law School. His research interests center on the relationship between law, innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the information technology, nanotechnology and healthcare sectors. Among other topics, he has studied the role of lawyers in the making of Silicon Valley, and the intersection between information technology and patient privacy in the American health care. He has also written on organizational legitimacy, on inter-organizational disputing practices, on the “internalization” of law within corporate bureaucracies, and on social science approaches to the study of contracts. His research has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the American Bar Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 2012-2013, he served as Program Director in the National Science Foundation’s Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI), and he is currently Senior Advisor to the Board of Directors of the American Bar Foundation, and a member of the Steering Committee of Brown’s Program in Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations.