Jessica M. Smith is an anthropologist and STS scholar whose research interests focus on public accountability and engineering, with a particular focus on the mining and energy industries. She is Associate Professor in the Engineering, Design & Society Department at the Colorado School of Mines, where she also directs the Humanitarian Engineering and Science Master's program.
She spent her 2018 sabbatical as a British Academy Visiting Fellow in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland). Her most recent book Extracting Accountability: Engineers and Corporate Social Responsibility (MIT Press, 2021) was funded by a Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM grant from the National Science Foundation. In 2016 her Corporate Social Responsibility course was named an Exemplar in Engineering Ethics by the National Academy of Engineering. Professor Smith holds a PhD in anthropology and graduate certificate in women's studies from the University of Michigan and a BA from Macalester College.