Kieran Healy

Kieran Healy

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 University Press, 2019.

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

Krawiec, K., and K. Healy. “Organ Entrepreneurs.” The Cambridge Handbook of Law and Entrepreneurship, Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Healy, K. “Sociology.” A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy, 2008, pp. 88–117. Scopus, doi:10.1002/9781405177245.ch4. Full Text

Healy, K. “Sociology.” A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy, edited by Robert E. Goodin et al., Blackwell, New York, 2008, pp. 90–122.

Healy, K. “Sacred Markets and Secular Ritual in the Organ Transplant Industry.” The Sociology of the Economy, edited by Frank Dobbin, Russell Sage Foundation, 2004, pp. 336–59.

Healy, K. “Sacred markets and secular ritual in the organ transplant industry.” The Sociology of the Economy, 2004, pp. 308–32.

Healy, K. “Wage Growth and Labor Decline in the Industrialized Democracies, 1965-1993.” Unemployment in the New Europe, edited by Nancy Bermeo, Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Healy, K. “The New Institutionalism and Irish Social Policy.” Social Policy in Ireland: Principles, Practice and Problems, edited by S. Healy and B. Reynolds, Oak Tree Press, pp. 59–83.

Healy, Kieran. “By the Numbers - Wendy Espeland and Michael Sauder, Engines of Anxiety: Academic Rankings, Reputation, and Accountability (New York, Russell Sage, 2016).” European Journal of Sociology, vol. 58, no. 3, Cambridge University Press (CUP), Dec. 2017, pp. 512–19. Crossref, doi:10.1017/s0003975617000315. Full Text Open Access Copy

Healy, K. “Public Sociology in the Age of Social Media.” Perspectives on Politics, vol. 15, no. 3, Sept. 2017, pp. 771–80. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S1537592717000950. Full Text

Healy, K. “Fuck Nuance.” Sociological Theory, vol. 35, no. 2, June 2017, pp. 118–27. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0735275117709046. Full Text

Healy, Kieran, and Kimberly Krawiec. “Repugnance Management and Transactions in the Body..” The American Economic Review, vol. 107, no. 5, May 2017, pp. 86–90.

Fourcade, M., and K. Healy. “Seeing like a market.” Socio Economic Review, vol. 15, no. 1, Jan. 2017, pp. 9–29. Scopus, doi:10.1093/ser/mww033. Full Text

Fourcade, M., and K. Healy. “Classification situations: Life-chances in the Neoliberal Era.” Historical Social Research, vol. 42, no. 1, Jan. 2017, pp. 23–51. Scopus, doi:10.12759/hsr.42.2017.1.23-51. Full Text

Fourcade, M., and K. Healy. “Categories all the way down.” Historical Social Research, vol. 42, no. 1, Jan. 2017, pp. 286–96. Scopus, doi:10.12759/hsr.42.2017.1.286-296. Full Text

Krawiec, K., and K. Healy. “Repugnance Management and Transactions in the Body.” American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings, vol. 107, 2017, pp. 1–5.

Healy, K. “The Performativity of Networks.” Archives Europeennes De Sociologie, vol. 56, no. 2, Jan. 2015, pp. 175–205. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0003975615000107. Full Text

Healy, Kieran, and James Moody. “Data Visualization in Sociology..” Annual Review of Sociology, vol. 40, July 2014, pp. 105–28. Epmc, doi:10.1146/annurev-soc-071312-145551. Full Text


Healy, Kieran. Social Structure, Gifts and Norms in ’The Story of Qiu Ju’. Edited by Michael Baurmann, Nomos Verlag, 2009.

Healy, Kieran. Lo Scambio di Doni. Edited by Anamaria Fantauzzi, AVIS Nationale, 2008, pp. 36–42.