Jessica Smith's, Alumna, second book was published by The MIT Press. Extracting Accountability: Engineers and Corporate Responsibilty is an ethnography of engineers who practice in the mining and oil and gas industries. It is available open access thanks to funding from the NSF Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM program that funded the five-year research project. The book has received critically acclaimed reviews in acadamia. 


“In this empathetic and incisive ethnography, Jessica Smith demonstrates that we cannot hope to comprehend some of the most pressing issues of our time – including corporate ethics, accountability, and agency – without nuanced attention to the lives and labors of engineers in the extractive industry.” – Douglas Rogers, Professor of Anthropology, Yale University; author of The Depths of Russia: Oil, Power, and Culture after Socialism

"There is no better study of the ground-level, life-lived complications for engineers as they work to transform the world in which we all have a stake. What Jessica Smith extracts from the complex world of mining throws light across the engineering profession as well as into the problematics of any engaged scholarship today.” – Carl Mitcham, principal philosopher of engineering, Colorado School of Mines and Renmin University of China.