People

Kelly Joyce, PhD



Kelly Joyce, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Society. She received her B.A. In Anthropology from Brown University and her Ph.D. In Sociology from Boston College. Her research investigates the cultural, institutional and political dimensions of medical knowledge and clinical practice, as well as recent innovations in aging, science and technology. She is the author of the book Magnetic Appeal: MRI and the Myth of Transparency (Cornell University Press, 2008) and is co-editor of Technogenarians: Studying Health and Illness through an Ageing, Science, and Technology Lens (Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 2010). She teaches courses on the social dimensions of health and illness as well as courses on the values embedded in technological design and use.

Professor Joyce previously was an Associate Professor of Sociology at the College of William and Mary.  She also served as a Program Director for the Science, Technology, and Society program and the Ethics Education in Science and Engineering program at the National Science Foundation during 2009-2011. She received the Director's Award for Collaborative Integration for contributing to the education of ethical scientists, interagency collaboration, and extraordinary efforts in integrating ethical expertise with scientific knowledge in 2011. Dr. Joyce is the principal investigator of the Ethics of Algorithms (1338205), a project that investigates the ethics and values that shape decisions in the creation of algorithms.

Kris Unsworth, PhD

Kris Unsworth


Kristine Unsworth, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the College of Information Science & Technology at Drexel University. Her areas of interest are in information policy, government information, and ethics. She completed her PhD at the University of Washington in July 2010. Her dissertation, Identifying the enemy: Social categorization and national security policy, was a critical discourse analysis of the way threat is constructed in government-sponsored media campaigns.

Michael Dickard, PhD Candidate in Information Studies




Michael Dickard is a PhD Candidate in the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Sociology from Ohio University and he uses this background to inform his research in the areas of Social Computing, Social Media, and HCI.

He is interested in how people manage interpersonal boundaries through social media, or how they think about and manage what they share with others online. He is particularly interested in how people's daily use of social media evolves and changes as they transition into new periods of their life and how these tools might be better designed to meet the changing needs of people over their life course. His dissertation focuses specifically on these types of changes in the context of photo-sharing and privacy practices among teens as they transition to young adulthood.

Michael is also interested in the social and cultural dimensions of algorithms and "big data", such as the processes by which people collect and interpret data, the role of values in the design of information technologies, and how these dimensions lead to the emergence of new types of knowledge and practice.

Matthew Lesser, MS in Science, Technology, & Society



Matthew Lesser received his MS in Science, Technology, & Society from Drexel University and his BA in History from DeSales University. He worked on the project as a Research Assistant from September 2013 to June 2015.

Matt is a Program Support Specialist for the Research and Health Professional Programs at the Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation. As a program specialist, Matt created a patient centered committee that provides reviews for researchers in the early stages of creating clinical trials.

Kendall Darfler, MS Candidate in Science, Technology, & Society



Kendall Darfler is completing her MS in Science, Technology and Society at Drexel University, and she holds a BA in Anthropology from UCLA. She worked as a graduate research assistant on this project from August 2016 - July 2017. Her research interests include the politics of design, identity, and space and environment. Her master's thesis focused on virtual world building practices in video game design. Previously, she worked as a grant writer and research associate in health care research.

Dalton George, MS in Science, Technology, & Society



Dalton George is a Master's in Science, Technology, and Society Student at Drexel University with an interest in Responsible Innovation and Engineering Ethics. I worked as an RA for Dr. Joyce and Dr. Unsworth in designing the data-grounded Ethical Case Studies to be published for use on the Online Ethics Center. I have aspirations to continue my career as a researcher while pursuing PhD education.

Jason Ludwig, MS Candidate in Science, Technology, & Society



Jason Ludwig is completing a BA/MS in History and Science, Technology, & Society at Drexel University. He has worked on the Ethics of Algorithms project as a research assistant since September 2016. His research interests include the sociopolitical dimensions of energy technologies and urban infrastructures.

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Algorithms and big data are timely, important topics for investigation. The proposed research opens the black box of algorithmic design in order to provide more transparency for publics to discuss and debate the implications of this new way of organizing knowledge and social life.

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