Joseph Klett

TitleVisiting Scholar
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentScience & Justice Research Center,
Sociology Department
Phone831-459-2849 (message)
Web Site Personal Webpage
OfficeOakes College, Room 235
Office HoursBy appointment
Campus Mail StopOakes College
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA

Research Interests


Cultural Sociology; Work & Organizational Ethnography; Science & Technology Studies; Design; Social Theory; Art & Music; Social Movements; Environmental Sociology; Qualitative Methods

Biography, Education and Training

2015 - Ph.D., Sociology, Yale University

2008 – M.A., Sociology, Yale University

2006 - B.A., Sociology, University of California – San Diego

Joseph is a San Diego native arriving at UCSC by way of New Haven, Connecticut. In between, he has lived, learned, and worked in Oahu, HI, New Brunswick, NJ, San Francisco, CA and New York City. He currently lives with his family by the end of the San Lorenzo River in Santa Cruz.

Honors, Awards and Grants


  • 2015. Nominee, SAGE Award for Innovation in publishing.

  • 2011. Graduate Exchange Scholar, SCANCOR, Stanford University.

  • 2008 & 2010. Fellow, Konstanzer Meisterklasse, Konstanz University.

  • 2006. Outstanding Senior Thesis Award, Department of Sociology, UCSD.


  • 2011. National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant, Sociology, $8500.

  • 2007-2012. Doctoral Fellowship and University Dissertation Fellowship, Yale University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Selected Publications


  • Organizing Sound: An Ethnographic Investigation into the Making of Listening Subjects and Sounding Objects (Currently under review).

Book Chapters

  • 2015. ‘The Lonely Algorithm, or, How to end a relationship with personalized audio’ (chapter in collection Algorithmic Cultures (Forthcoming).

Journal Articles

Selected Presentations

Papers Presented at Professional Meetings

  • 2015. ‘Listening for the Line between Subjectivity and Objectivity in Audio Engineering’ at SKAT25 pre-conference, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

  • 2013. ‘Painting Primates’, refereed panel on Animal Designs, and ‘Reflections on Space’ at Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, co-chaired panel Making Sense of Sound, San Diego, CA.

  • 2013. ‘Making Space for Sound Out of Place’ at American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Section on Theory, New York City, NY; and Sound Studies Colloquium, Whitney Humanities Center, New Haven, CT.

  • 2012. ‘”Personalized” Audio and the Changing Meaning of Noise’ at Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, refereed panel on Displacement and Classification, Copenhagen, DK.

  • 2007-2008. “The Ears Remain Open” at Cold Utopias: New Perspectives on Postwar Musical Avant-Gardes, Department of Music, Yale University, New Haven, CT; Center for Cultural Sociology Spring Conference, Yale University, New Haven, CT; and Konstanzer Meisterklasse, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany.

Courses Taught

SOCY 105B Contemporary Social Theory
SOCY 10 Issues and Problems in American Society
SOCY 116 Communication, Media, and Culture
SOCY 118 Pop Music, Social Practices, and Cultural Politics
SOCY 178 Social Problem