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Kelly Joyce, PhD

Kelly Joyce, PhD

Professor of Sociology
Center for Science, Technology and Society
Department of Sociology
Office: 3101 Market Street, 220
Phone: 215.571.4449


  • PhD, Sociology, Boston College
  • BA, Anthropology, Brown University

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • Aging
  • Healthcare and Medicine
  • Qualitative Social Science Methods
  • Science and Technology Studies


Kelly Joyce, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Sociology and was the founding director of the Center for Science, Technology and Society at Drexel University. Professor Joyce is the author of the award winning book "Magnetic Appeal: MRI and the Myth of Transparency" (Cornell University Press, 2008) and is co-editor of "Technogenarians: Studying Health and Illness through an Aging, Science, and Technology Lens" (Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 2010). Joyce studies the social, cultural and political dimensions of medical technology innovation. Her research is situated at the crossroads of medical sociology and science and technology studies. Professor Joyce's research on the ethics of algorithms, big data and smart textiles has been funded by awards from the National Science Foundation and the NIH.

Joyce previously was an associate professor of sociology at the College of William and Mary. She also served as a program director for the Science, Technology, and Society program and the Ethics Education in Science and Engineering program at the National Science Foundation during 2009-2011. She received the Director's Award for Collaborative Integration for contributing to the education of ethical scientists, interagency collaboration and extraordinary efforts in integrating ethical expertise with scientific knowledge in 2011.  More recently, she served as the Director for the Center for Science, Technology and Society at Drexel University in 2012-2018.

Selected Publications:

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  • Diane Sicotte, Kelly Joyce, and Arielle Hesse. 2022. "Necessary, Welcome or Dreaded? Insights on Low-carbon Energy Transitions from Unionized Energy Workers in the United States," Energy Research & Social Science 88(102511): 1-10.
  • Steve G. Hoffman, Kelly Joyce, Sharla Alegria, Susan Bell, Taylor M. Cruz, Safiya Noble, Benjamin Shestakofsky and Laurel Smith-Doerr. 2022. "Five Big Ideas About Artificial Intelligence." Contexts: Sociology for the Public.
  • Kelly Joyce, Laurel Smith-Doerr, Sharla Alegria, Susan Bell, Taylor M. Cruz, Steve G. Hoffman, Safiya Noble, and Benjamin Shestakofsky. 2021. “Toward a Sociology of Artificial Intelligence: A Call for Research on Inequalities and Structural Change,” Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World. 7: 1-11. DOI: 10.1177/2378023121999581
  • Kelly Joyce, Jennifer James & Melanie Jeske. 2020. “Regimes of Patienthood: Developing an Intersectional Concept to Theorize Illness Experiences,” Engaging Science, Technology & Society, 6: 185-192. DOI: 10.17351/ests2020.389
  • Kelly Joyce & Melanie Jeske. 2020. “Using Autoimmune Strategically: Diagnostic Lumping, Splitting, and the Experience of Illness,” Social Science & Medicine 246(February): DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.112785
  • Kelly Joyce & Melanie Jeske. 2019. "Revisiting the Sick Role: Performing Regimes of Patienthood in the 21st Century,” Sociological Viewpoints 33(1): 70-90. DOI:10.26908/3312019_016
  • Kelly Joyce. 2019. “Smart Textiles: Transforming the Practice of Medicalisation and Healthcare.” Sociology of Health and Illness 41(S1): 147- 161. DOI:10.1111/1467-9566.12871.
  • Kelly Joyce, Dalton George, Kendall Darfler, Jason Ludwig, and Kris Unsworth. 2018. “Engaging STEM Ethics Education.” Engaging Science, Technology and Society 4: 1-7.
  • Diane Sicotte & Kelly Joyce. 2017. “Not a 'Petro Metro': Challenging Fossil Fuel Expansion.” Environmental Sociology DOI: 10.1080/23251042.2017.1344919.
  • Kelly Joyce & Laura Senier. 2017. “Why Environmental Exposures?” Environmental Sociology 3(1): 1-6.
  • Fahmida Chowdhury and Kelly Joyce. 2011. “Pushing the Boundaries of Transdisciplinary Science Through Cyber-Enabled Research,” American Journal of Preventative Medicine,40(5S2): S103–S107.
  • Kelly Joyce and Meika Loe. 2010. “A Sociological Approach to Ageing, Technology and Health,” Sociology of Health and Illness 32(2): 171-180.
  • Kelly Joyce. 2006. “From Numbers to Pictures: The Development of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and the Visual Turn in Medicine,” Science as Culture 15(1): 1-22. *Honorable mention winner, IEEE Life Members' Prize in Electrical History, sponsored by the Society for the History of Technology, awarded 2007.
  • Kelly Joyce. “Appealing Images: Magnetic Resonance Imaging and the Construction of Authoritative Knowledge,” Social Studies of Science, 35(3): 437-462.
    Reprinted and translated into Korean in Brain, I, and US: What Does Neuroscience Tell Us About Ethics?, 2010, edited by S. Hong and Dayk Jang, 257-304. Seoul: Badabooks.

Handbook Entries

  • Kelly Joyce, Alexander Peine, Louis Neven and Florian Kohlbacher. 2016. “STS and Aging: Theorizing the Socio-Material Construction of Later Life” in Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, edited by Ulrike Felt, Rayvon Fouche, Clark Miller and Laurel Smith-Doerr, 915-942. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Kelly Joyce, Meika Loe and Lauren Diamond-Brown. 2015. "Science, Technology and Ageing" in the Handbook of Cultural Gerontology, edited by Julia Twigg and Wendy Martin, 157-164. UK: Routledge.

Reports & Notes

  • Patricia White, Roberta Spalter-Roth, Amy Best, and Kelly Joyce. 2016. A Relational Model for Understanding the Use of Research in the Policy Process Report, 148 pages. (Funded by NSF Award #1441446).
  • Patricia White, Roberta Spalter-Roth, Amy Best, and Kelly Joyce. 2015. “Social Science Research and Public Policy,” ASA Footnotes 43(3): 3.

Book Chapters

  • Kelly Joyce. 2011. “On the Assembly Line: Neuroimaging Production in Clinical Practice,” In Sociological Reflections on the Neurosciences, edited by Martyn Pickersgill and Ira Van Keulen, 75-98. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
  • Kelly Joyce. 2010. "The Body as Image: An Examination of the Economic and Political Dynamics of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and the Construction of Difference" in Biomedicalization: Technoscience, Health and Illness in the United States, edited by Adele Clarke, Jennifer Fosket, Laura Mamo, Jennifer Fishman, and Janet Shim, 197-217. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
  • Kelly Joyce and Laura Mamo. 2006. “Graying the Cyborg: New Directions in Feminist Analyses of Aging, Science, and Technology” in Age Matters: Realigning Feminist Thinking, edited by Toni Calasanti and Kathleen Slevin, 99-121. New York: Routledge.