JOY Y PIERCE portrait
  • Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs, College Of Humanities
  • Associate Professor, Writing and Rhetoric Studies
  • Affiliated Faculty, Latin American Studies

Research Keywords

  • [Auto]ethnography
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Immigrants
  • Qualitative methods, esp. ethnography
  • Educational Policy
  • Digital Literacy
  • Digital Divide
  • Critical/Cultural studies
  • Communication, Education, and Social Justice


  • Cyberhoods: Community Spaces Addressing Digital Divides. American History, Culture and Society Lecture Series, Salt Lake City Public Library, April 27, 2019. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/25/2019.
  • A New Direction: Autoethnography and Digital Literacy Research. Latin American Association of Writing Studies in Higher Eduication and Professional Contexts (ALES International Conference), Santiago, Chile, October 2018. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/19/2018.
  • Autoethnography in and beyond the Classroom: Multimodal Performances of Self. Conference on College Composition & Communication, Pittsburg, PA, March 2019. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 09/10/2018.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Mexico
  • United States of America


  • Pierce, J. & Moreno, L. (2018). Learning is a Two-way Street: Crossing Sociocultural Boundaries Through Critical Qualitative Research. (pp. 45-54). Myers Education Press. Published, 10/18/2018.
  • Kretchmer, S., Pierce, J. & Robinson, L. (2015) The 20th Anniversary of the Digital Divide: Challenges and Opportunities for Communication and “The Good Life.” In Helen Wang (Ed.) Communication and the Good Life (pp. 213-232). New York: Peter Lang Publishing. Published, 04/2015.
  • Pierce, J. (2015) Digital Fusion: A Society Beyond Blind Inclusion. NY: Peter Lang Publishing. Published, 02/2015.
  • Pierce, J. (2013) Writing for Equity Inside and Out: Emerging scholars of color doing ethnography with a marginalized population. Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies, 13(6), 481-488. Published, 12/2013.
  • Pierce, J. "Changing Spaces, Changing Faces: Confronting Difference in a Technophilic Environment." Qualitative Inquiry. Accepted, 09/2012.
  • Pierce, J. Review of Autoethnography as Method and Creating Autoethnographies. Qualitative Health Review 22 (2), 285-287. Published, 02/2012.
  • Pierce, J. (2010). Membership in the Network: Hardware and Software Development for the Mainstream Consumer. Levina, M and Kien, G. (Eds.). Post-Global Network and Everyday Life. New York: Peter Lang. Published, 03/2010.
  • Pierce, J. (July 2009). Blind Inclusion: New Technology Designed for the Margins. (pp. 525-536). Social Identities, 15(4), 525-536. Published, 07/2009.
  • Pierce, J. (July 2009). Giraffes in Zebra Skins: Researchers as Spectators at a Consumer Electronics Trade Show. Social Identities, 15(4), 427-431. Published, 2009.