Dr. Benjamin Kelly

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Associate Professor / Faculty of Arts and Science - Psychology, Sociology and Child and Family Studies - Sociology
Graduate Program Coordinator / Graduate Studies - Sociology, MA
Full-time Faculty
Graduate Program Coordinator
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


Kelly, Benjamin and Mike Adorjan. Forthcoming. “Agnostic Interactionism and Sensitizing Concepts in the 21st Century: Developing Shaffirian Theory-Work in Ethnographic ResearchQualitative Sociology Review.

Kelly, Benjamin and Peter Archibald. 2019. “Erving Goffman and the Evolutionary-Ecological Missing Link” Studies in Symbolic Interaction. 50: 141-168.

Desrochers, Jessica, Graham Albert, Taciano Milfont, Benjamin Kelly and Steven Arnocky. 2019. “Does Personality Mediate the Relationship Between Sex and Environmentalism?” Personality and Individual Differences.  147: 204-213.

Restoule, Paige, Carly Dokis, and Benjamin Kelly 2018. “Working to Protect the Water: Stories of Connection and Transformation” in Indigenous Research: Theories, Practices, and Relationships, edited by Deborah McGregor, Jean-Paul Restoule and Rochelle Johnston. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.

Santin, Marlene and Benjamin Kelly. 2018. “Participant Observation at 30 000 Feet” SAGE Research Methods Cases. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications

Santin, Marlene and Benjamin Kelly. 2017.  “The Managed Heart Revisited: Exploring the Effect of Institutional Norms on the Emotional Labor of Flight Attendants Post 9/11.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. 46(5):519-543

Kelly, Benjamin. 2017. “The Social Psychology of Compromised Negotiations: The Emergence of Asymmetrical Boundary Objects Between Science and Industry ” in Microsociological Perspectives in Environmental Sociology, edited by Brad Brewster and Antony Puddephatt. New York: Routledge.

Adorjan, Mike and Benjamin Kelly. 2017. “Interpretive Sociology.” in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, edited by George Ritzer, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing

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.

Dokis, Carly and Benjamin Kelly. 2014. “Learning to Listen: Reflections on Fieldwork in First Nation Communities.” The Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards. Newsletter

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. “Constructing 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, Antony Christensen, Benjamin Kelly, 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

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