Kelly Joyce, PhD

Director, Master's Program in Science, Technology & Society; Professor

Kelly Joyce

Office: 3600 Market Street
Office 730
Phone: 215.571.4449

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


Kelly Joyce, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of History & Politics and Director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Society. Her research investigates the cultural, institutional and political dimensions of medical knowledge and clinical practice, as well as recent innovations in aging, science and technology. She teaches courses on the social dimensions of health and illness as well as courses on the values embedded in technological design and use.

Professor 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.


Research Projects

  • Kelly Joyce, Principal Investigator, Kris Unsworth, Co-Prinicpal Investigator, "The Ethics of Algorithms," Award #1338205, EESE Program, NSF, $300,000, Sept. 2013-Aug. 2016. 
  • Kelly Joyce, "Investigating Autoimmune Illnesses." This interdisciplinary project examines the stakeholders who created and mobilized the category autoimmunity, people's experiences of living with autoimmune illnesses, and the technologies used to measure environmental exposure in relation to autoimmune illnesses.



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