Kieran Healy

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

Selected Grants

Credit Markets, Evaluative Technologies, and Social Stratification awarded by University of California - Berkeley (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2019

Healy, K. Data Visualization: A Practical Introduction. Princeton, NJ,: Princeton University Press, 2019. (Monograph)

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, 88-117. January 1, 2008. Full Text

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. "Sacred markets and secular ritual in the organ transplant industry." In The Sociology of the Economy, 308-332. January 1, 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.

Healy, K. "Public Sociology in the Age of Social Media." Perspectives on Politics 15, no. 3 (September 1, 2017): 771-780. Full Text

Healy, K. "Fuck Nuance." Sociological Theory 35, no. 2 (June 1, 2017): 118-127. Full Text

Healy, K, and Krawiec, K. "Repugnance Management and Transactions in the Body." The American Economic Review 107, no. 5 (May 2017): 86-90.

Fourcade, M, and Healy, K. "Seeing like a market." Socio Economic Review 15, no. 1 (January 1, 2017): 9-29. Full Text

Fourcade, M, and Healy, K. "Classification situations: Life-chances in the Neoliberal Era." Historical Social Research 42, no. 1 (January 1, 2017): 23-51. Full Text

Fourcade, M, and Healy, K. "Categories all the way down." Historical Social Research 42, no. 1 (January 1, 2017): 286-296. Full Text

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

Healy, K. "The Performativity of Networks." Archives Europeennes De Sociologie 56, no. 2 (January 1, 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


Healy, K. "Lo Scambio di Doni." Edited by A Fantauzzi. (2008): 36-42.