My research and teaching examine the relationship between science and technology, and moral and political systems, in the US and around the globe. I am especially interested in how and why science and moral and political systems change, and the relationships between science, inequality, and justice.
In previous research, I analyzed science as a set of moral practices, how organizations shape the practices of scientists; the role of social movements in shaping debates over science, the effects of citizen-based environmental research, and neoliberalism and the global practices and uses of science. Some of this research has appeared in Disrupting Science (Princeton University Press, 2008), winner of the Robert K. Merton Book Prize and of Honorable Mention for the Charles Tilly Book Prize, in the co-authored article“Science and Neoliberal Globalization,” winner of the Star-Nelkin Best Paper Award, and in the co-edited volume The New Political Sociology of Science (Wisconsin, 2006).
My current research includes a study called From Too Little to Too Much, about the political and cultural consequences of using biomedical categories and financial costs when assessing food and health. I am studying how, why and with what consequences the social problem of hunger, or too little food that resulted from too little money, came to be replaced, in US national policy and public discourse, by the problem of eating too much, thought to be caused by too little information and self-discipline. I’m especially interested how race and gender shape this shift in food policy. A related project investigates the myth of global obesity and its relationship to global hunger, and another examines the foodways of poor and middle class women in Chicago. As a teacher-scholar, I integrate findings and work-in-progress into my undergraduate and graduate courses.
Before coming to Loyola, I held positions at Barnard College-Columbia University, Brooklyn College, and University of Cincinnati, and in 2011-2012, I was Program Director for the National Science Foundation’s Science, Technology and Society Program, and for the Ethics Education in Science and Engineering Program. I am a past chair of the American Sociological Association Section on Science, Knowledge and Technology.
Kelly Moore, David Hess, Daniel K. Kleinman and Scott Frickel. 2011. “Science and Neoliberal Globalization.” Theory & Society 40: 505-532
Kelly Moore. Disrupting Science: Social Movements, American Scientists, and the Politics of the Military, 1945-1975 (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2008) Introduction, Chapt. 6 Doing Science for the people
Kelly Moore. 2006. “Powered By the People: Scientific Authority in Participatory Science.” Pp. 299-323 in Scott Frickel and Kelly Moore, eds., The New Political Sociology of Science: Organizations, Networks, and Institutions. Madison, WI. University of Wisconsin Press. Science and Society Series, Daniel L. Kleinman and Jo Handlesman, eds. http://uwpress.wisc.edu/books/3618.htm
Scott Frickel and Kelly Moore. 2006. “Prospects and Challenges for a New Political Sociology of Science.” Pp. 3-31 in Scott Frickel and Kelly Moore, eds., The New Political Sociology of Science: Organizations, Networks, and Institutions. Madison, WI. University of Wisconsin Press. Science and Society Series, Daniel L. Kleinman and Jo Handlesman, eds. http://uwpress.wisc.edu/books/3618.htm
Kelly Moore and Nicole Hala. "" 2002. Research in the Sociology of Organizations 19:309-339
Kelly Moore. “: American Science and the Creation of Public Interest Science Organizations, 1955-1975.” 1996. American Journal of Sociology 101: 1592-1627.