Kieran Healy

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Kieran Healy is an Irish sociologist, an associate professor of sociology at Duke University,[1] a member of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke,[2] and a regular visitor to the Research School in Social Science (RSSS) at the Australian National University.[3] He earned his PhD in sociology from Princeton University having begun his studies at University College Cork, in Ireland. His research interests include the social basis of self-interest and altruism, and the organization of exchange in human goods (like blood, organs, eggs and genetic material) and the role of volunteering in the open source software movement. In 2002, he was awarded the American Sociological Association's Dissertation Award for "Exchange in Blood and Organs."[4]

Kieran was a successful college debater while at UCC, winning the Irish Times National Debating competition[5] having previously been Munster and All Ireland Schools' Debating Champion.[citation needed] He was a loyal member of the UCC Philosophical Society (the Philosoph).[citation needed]

Healy is a member of the Crooked Timber[6][7] and group blogs.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Altruism as an organizational problem: The case of organ procurement American Sociological Review , 69:387-404, 2004, PDF
  • Digital technology and cultural goods Journal of Political Philosophy, 10(4):478-500, 2002, PDF
  • Last Best Gifts: Altruism and the Market for Human Blood and Organs. University of Chicago Press (Chicago, 2006). Description.[8][9][10]
  • Data Visualization: A Practical Introduction. Princeton University Press (2018) Description. ISBN 978-0691181622


  1. ^ Duke sociology people Archived 2013-01-24 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 2013-01-20.
  2. ^ KIE Faculty & Senior Fellows, retrieved 2013-01-20.
  3. ^ Philosophers at RSSS in 2011, retrieved 2013-01-20.
  4. ^ Kieran Healy Award Statement, American Sociological Association, retrieved 2013-01-21.
  5. ^ Roll of former champions, Irish Times, retrieved 2013-01-20.
  6. ^ The Decline and Fall of the Typing Wife, Dwight Garner, New York Times, August 9, 2007.
  7. ^ How a literary list sparked an online craze, Irish Times, April 3, 2010 (subscription required).
  8. ^ Grim Harvest (review of Last Best Gifts, Virginia Postrel, New York Times, January 28, 2007.
  9. ^ Review of Last Best Gifts, International Herald Tribune, January 27, 2007 (subscription required).
  10. ^ Review of Last Best Gifts by Jane Allyn Piliavin, Social Forces, March 1, 2008 (subscription required).

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