When scholars collaborate across disciplines, what shapes their perceptions of that experience? Drawing from their recent research on a range of interdisciplinary networks, Lamont, Boix-Mansilla and Sato find that cognitive and intellectual payoffs tell only part of the story. Emotional and social dimensions to collaboration intertwine with the cognitive in complex ways, while the research environment established by funders creates a frame within which participants experience a sense of achievement across disciplinary divides.
Kyoko Sato is associate director of the program in Science, Technology, and Society at Stanford University. Her research investigates how culture and politics intersect in the development of sociotechnical systems in different national contexts. Her current project examines nuclear governance in Japan and the United States before and after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. Her recent publications include “Cultural Politics of Food Safety: Genetically Modified Food in France, Japan and the United States”; “Genetically Modified Food in France: Symbolic Transformation and the Policy Paradigm Shift”; and she co-authored “Narrating Fukushima: Scales of a Nuclear Meltdown.”