Beth Quinn

Beth Quinn, Ph.D.

University of Colorado Boulder
Senior Research Scientist and Director
Background 

Dr. Beth Quinn serves as a Senior Research Scientist and Director at the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. At NCWIT, Beth’s work focuses on post-secondary initiatives to broaden the participation of women in computing, including serving as Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Academic Alliance and as founding director of EngageCSEdu.

Beth’s research focuses on disputing and deviance processes in organizational contexts and the ways that gender and other social identities impact organizational experiences and advancement. This includes research on sexual harassment as a disputing process and the conflicting roles that human resources play in these disputes, and theoretical contributions to understanding the emergence and persistence of deviance within organizations. More recently, Beth has focused on educational settings including offering a unique analytic method for understanding the ability of community college students to persist in computing, exploring new ways that computing departments are evaluating the work of teaching track faculty, and assessing interventions to improve the faculty hiring process. Beth’s scholarship has been published in a variety of academic and popular venues in sociology, law, and education.

Prior to joining NCWIT, Beth was Director of Research and Innovation at the award-winning Filament Games. At Filament, she served as PI and Co-PI on Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants totaling over $2,000,000 to develop games for STEM and civics education. Beth was also an associate professor of Sociology and Justice Studies at Montana State University, teaching courses in Social Theory, Sociology of Law, Law and Inequality, and Social Stratification. As a teacher, Beth is keenly interested in active learning and new methods of engaging students.

Beth holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. and an M.A. from the School of Social Ecology at the University of California-Irvine and a B.A. in psychology from Indiana University.

Beth is a trained mediator and a “Peregrina,” having walked the entirety of the Camino de Santiago Frances in 2013. She is still not fluent in Spanish, despite a ridiculous amount of effort.

View Beth's CV here.