Kelly Knight

Kelly Knight, PhD

Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Associate Director, Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative


Research Interests: The social construction and experience of addiction; Co-morbidity (HIV, substance abuse, mental illness), homelessness, and US urban health; Chronic non-cancer pain, clinical uncertainty, and scientific evidence; Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bi-polar disorder, and the US welfare state; Gender, reproduction, motherhood and citizenship.

2017 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
PhD, 2010 - Graduate Division (Medical Anthropology), University of California, San Francisco
EdM, 1993 - Human Development and Psychology, Harvard University
BA, 1991 - Philosophy, Psychology, Theology, Georgetown University
Awards and Honors
Bridges Curriculum Teaching Award: Excellence in Innovative Teaching Modalities, UCSF School of Medicine, 2018
Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness Book Award, British Sociological Association, 2016
Honorable Mention, Eileen Basker Memorial Prize, Society for Medical Anthropology, 2016
Finalist (5/94), C. Wright Mills Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2015
Chancellor’s Graduate Research Fellowship, UCSF, 2008