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All Faculty Expert tagged "sociology"

Kelly Joyce, PhD

Joyce's research investigates the role of medical imaging technologies in medical practice; scientific and technological innovations aimed at older people; and the lived experiences of people diagnosed with autoimmune illnesses. Her work highlights the cultural dimensions of medicine. She teaches courses on the social dimensions of health and illness as well as courses on the values embedded in technological design and use. 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 from 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. Her book Magnetic Appeal: MRI and the Myth of Transparency won the Eliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award, which is given by the Medical Sociology section, American Sociological Association.

Stephen Lankenau, PhD

Lankenau is a sociologist who combines public health concerns and ethnographic methods to the study of high-risk youth, out- of-treatment drug users, homelessness and HIV/AIDS. Currently, he is leading a five-year project to study medical and non-medical marijuana use among young adults in Los Angeles. He has studied prescription drug misuse among young people in Los Angeles and New York to describe patterns of initiation, risk and protective behaviors and other unanticipated health consequences. He is also leading evaluation studies of overdose prevention programs in Los Angeles and Philadelphia to determine programs that effectively reduce the risks of fatal drug overdoses. Many of these studies are funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Douglas Porpora, PhD

Porpora is a professor of sociology in the Department of Culture and Communication. He has published widely on social theory. Among his books are The Concept of Social Structure (Greenwood 1980), How Holocausts Happen: The United States in Central America (Temple 1992) and Landscapes of the Soul: The Loss of Moral Meaning in American Life (Oxford 2001). Porpora’s new book, Public Debate in Post-Ethical Society: The Attack on Iraq, Abu Ghraib, and the Moral Failure of the Secular, is scheduled for release from University of Chicago Press in 2013.

Mimi Sheller, PhD

Sheller's research interests include sustainable mobility and mobility justice, caribbean studies and mobilities, and tracing the histories and forecasting the futures of cultures of mobility.