Kieran Healy

Associate Professor of Sociology

External address: 
268 Sociology/psychology Bld, Box_90088, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-5614


Much of my research has been about exchange in human blood and organs, cultural goods, software, and ideas. My current work focuses on the moral order of market society, the effect of models and measurement on social classification, and the link between those two topics, especially in the consumer credit market. I’m also interested in techniques and methods for data visualization.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Princeton University 2001

  • M.A., Princeton University 1998

  • M.A., University College Cork 1994

  • A.B., University College Cork 1993

Healy, K. Last Best Gifts: Altruism and the Market for Human Blood and Organs. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006.

Krawiec, K, and Healy, K. "Organ Entrepreneurs (Accepted)." In The Handbook on Law and Entrepreneurship. Cambridge University Press, 2017. (Chapter)

Healy, K. "Sociology." In A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy,edited by RE Goodin, P Pettit, and T Pogge,90–122-90–122. Blackwell, New York, 2008.

Healy, K. "Sacred Markets and Secular Ritual in the Organ Transplant Industry." In The Sociology of the Economy,edited by F Dobbin,336-359. Russell Sage Foundation, February 12, 2004.

Healy, K. "Wage Growth and Labor Decline in the Industrialized Democracies, 1965-1993." In Unemployment in the New Europe,edited by N Bermeo. Cambridge University Press, August 27, 2001.

Healy, K. "The New Institutionalism and Irish Social Policy." In Social Policy in Ireland: Principles, Practice and Problems,edited by S Healy and B Reynolds,59-83. Dublin, Ireland: Oak Tree Press.

Krawiec, K, and Healy, K. "Repugnance Management and Transactions in the Body." American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings 107 (2017): 1-5.

Fourcade, M, and Healy, K. "Classification Situations: Life-Chances in the Neoliberal Era." HISTORICAL SOCIAL RESEARCH-HISTORISCHE SOZIALFORSCHUNG 42, no. 1 (2017): 23-51. Full Text

Fourcade, M, and Healy, K. "Categories All the Way Down." HISTORICAL SOCIAL RESEARCH-HISTORISCHE SOZIALFORSCHUNG 42, no. 1 (2017): 286-296. Full Text

Healy, K. "The Performativity of Networks." European Journal of Sociology 56, no. 02 (August 2015): 175-205. Full Text

Healy, K, and Moody, J. "Data Visualization in Sociology." Annual review of sociology 40 (July 2014): 105-128. Full Text

Fourcade, M, and Healy, K. "Classification situations: Life-chances in the neoliberal era." Accounting, Organizations and Society 38, no. 8 (January 1, 2013): 559-572. Full Text

Healy, K, and Krawiec, KD. "Custom, contract, and kidney exchange." Duke Law J 62, no. 3 (2012): 645-670.

Appleman, LI, Bayern, S, Chandler, AD, Cheren, RD, Cherry, MA, Davies, RE, Fennell, LA, Gowder, PA, Hartsell, C, Healy, K, James, RA, Kahn, JH, Kerr, OS, Levy, JT, Lipshaw, JM, Lobel, O, Manne, GA, Oldfather, CM, Patel, R, Pojanowski, JA, Roberts, AJ, Scheidegger, K, Stock, A, and Walker, A. "Micro-Symposium on Orin Kerr's 'A Theory of Law'." Green Bag 2d, Vol. 16, no. 2 (2012).

Healy, K, Hutter, M, and Espeland, WN. "Lucien Karpik Valuing the Unique: The Economics of Singularities. Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2010." SOCIO-ECONOMIC REVIEW 9, no. 4 (October 2011): 787-800. Full Text

Healy, K. "Judgment and Disctinction." Socio-Economic Review 9 (2011): 787-800. (Review)