Associate Professor, Writing and Rhetoric Studies
Affiliated Faculty, Latin American Studies
Assistant Professor, Communication
University of Utah

255 Central Campus Drive Room 2100
Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Joy Pierce is Associate Professor in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric Studies, and an affiliate in Latin American Studies. Her research foci are digital divides and digital literacy. She employs cultural studies and contemporary social theory through a critical pedagogical lens to study underrepresented populations coming to information communication technologies (ICTs). Dr. Pierce has studied the theories of qualitative
research methods extensively, and is a methodologist specializing in ethnographies (auto, performative, participatory action). Her community-engaged research has led to guest speaking at professional meetings, and in the media; and consulting on local, state and federal policy. She is scheduled to give a TEDxTalk on digital equity policy. Dr. Pierce has presented research papers at regional, national and international conferences; published in communication, sociology and qualitative research methods journals; and published a book titled Digital Fusion: A Society Beyond Blind Inclusion
(Peter Lang, 2015). She is a Deputy Editor of Qualitative Health Research (Sage Publishing) and a former Presidential Leadership scholar.

No conflicts of interest (09/28/2022)

Selected Bibliography:

Pierce, J. & Moreno, L.
Learning is a Two-way Street: Crossing Sociocultural Boundaries Through Critical Qualitative Research.
Myers Education Press; 2018.

Pierce, J.
Digital Fusion: A Society Beyond Blind Inclusion.
New York: Peter Lang Publishing; 2015.

Kretchmer, S., Pierce, J. & Robinson, L.
The 20th Anniversary of the Digital Divide: Challenges and Opportunities for Communication and “The Good Life.”.
New York: Peter Lang Publishing; 2015.
In Helen Wang (Ed.) Communication and the Good Life (pp. 213-232).

Pierce, J.
Writing for Equity Inside and Out: Emerging scholars of color doing ethnography with a marginalized population.
Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies. 2013;13(6):481-488.

Pierce, J.
Review of Autoethnography as Method and Creating Autoethnographies.
Qualitative Health Review. 2012;22(2):285-287.