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Dr. Benjamin Kelly

Dr. Benjamin Kelly
Dr. Benjamin Kelly
Faculty of Arts & Science - Sociology, Assistant Professor
office: A354
email: benjamink@nipissingu.ca
ext: 4232


BSc, Mount Allison University;
Honours Anthropology, Western University;
BEd, University of Toronto;
MA, University of Guelph;
PhD, McMaster University

Areas of Specialization:

Sociological Theory; Social Psychology; Environmental Sociology; Sociology of Organizations & Occupations; Science & Technology Studies; Ethnographic Research

Research Interests:

My areas of research and student supervision include 1) the social psychological explorations of constraint and adaptation within groups, organizations, occupations and everyday life; and 2) social construction of expert knowledge, risk, and social-environmental problems.

Current & Future Research:

Science-Activists and Their Contested Paradigms: An Interactionist Perspective on Environmental Risk and Knowledge Exchange (Book contract with Routledge Academic Press). 

Co-Investigator, “Contested Waters: Exploring the Lived Experience of Water Quality Risks in an Anishinaabe Community in Northern Ontario“ SSHRC: Insight Development Grant

Co-Investigator, “Creating Opportunities for Knowledge Mobilization and Coherence Among Indigenous Communities and Researchers.” Canadian Water Network Grant


Santin, Marlene and Benjamin Kelly. Forthcoming. “The Managed Heart Revisited: Exploring the Effect of Institutional Norms on the Emotional Labor of Flight Attendants Post 9/11.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography

Kelly, Benjamin. 2016. “The Social Psychology of Compromised Negotiations: Constructing Asymmetrical Boundary Objects Between Science and Industry.” in Microsociological Perspectives in Environmental Sociology, edited by Brad Brewster and Antony Puddephatt. Ashgate Publishing.

Adorjan, Mike and Benjamin Kelly. 2016.  “Interpretive Sociology.” in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology 2nd Edition, edited by George Ritzer. Oxford:Wiley-Blackwell.

Archibald, Peter, Benjamin Kelly, and Mike Adorjan. 2015. “From Total Institution to Status Bloodbath: Goffman as a Comparative Researcher and Grounded Theorist.” Qualitative Sociology Review 11(4): 38-65.

Kelly, Benjamin and Khosrow Farahbakhsh. 2013. “Public Sociology and the Democratization of Technology: Drawing on User-led Research to Achieve Mutual Education” The American Sociologist, 44(1):42-53.

Christensen, Tony, Benjamin Kelly, Michael Adorjan and Dorothy Pawluch. 2013. “Stockholm Syndrome: A Definitional History,” in The Chicago School Diaspora: Epistemology and Substance, edited by Jacqueline Low and Gary Bowden. McGill-Queens University Press.

Adorjan, Michael, Tony Christensen, Benjamin Kelly, and Dorothy Pawluch. 2012. “Stockholm Syndrome as Vernacular Resource”, The Sociological Quarterly, 53(3): 454-474.

Kelly, Benjamin. 2011. “Addressing the Future Urban Water Crisis in Southern Ontario: An Ethnographic Look at the Promise of Expert-Lay Collaboration in Water Management Research.” in Comparative Emergency Management: Examining Global and Regional Responses to Disasters, edited by D. Miller and J. Rivera. Taylor & Francis Press.

Farahbakhsh, Khosrow and Benjamin Kelly. 2011. “Democratizing the Science of Risk Management - An End-user Driven Approach to Managing Risks to Drinking Water Systems in First Nations Communities.” in Mapping Emerging Digital Spaces in Contemporary Society: Properties of Technology, edited by P. Kalantzis-Cope and K. Gherab-Martin. Palgrave Press.

Kelly, Benjamin. 2010. “Exploring the Dilemma of Mutual Influence in Ethnographic Research” in Research Realities in the Social Sciences, edited by G. Szarycz. Cambria Press

Kelly, Benjamin and Khosrow Farahbakhsh. 2008.  “Innovative Knowledge Translation in Urban Water Management: An Attempt at Democratizing Science.” International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society 4:73-83

Kelly, Benjamin. 2008. “Symbolic Interaction, Psychoanalysis, and the Role of Vulnerable Emotions in Human Conflict.” Symbolic Interaction 31(4): 450-453.

Adorjan, Michael and Benjamin Kelly. 2008.  “Pragmatism and Engaged Buddhism: Working Toward Peace and a Philosophy of Action.” Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge 6(3): 37-49.

Puddephatt, Antony, Benjamin Kelly and Michael Adorjan. 2006.  “Unveiling the Cloak of Competence.” The American Sociologist 37(3): 84-98.

Government Reports
Dzisah, James, David Zarifa, and Benjamin Kelly. 2012. “Leveraging of Public Investments in HERD: A Synthesis of the Triple Helix Literature.” A Knowledge Synthesis Report Submitted to SSHRC—Industry Canada. 27 pages.

Courses Taught:

  • SOCI 1016 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 2076 Deviance and Conformity
  • SOCI 2017 Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • SOCI 3006 Collective Behaviour
  • SOCI 3007 Consumer Culture
  • SOCI 4016 Advanced Sociological Theory
  • SOCI 4227 Science, Technology and Environment
  • SOCI 4096/97 Honours Thesis I/II
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