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Student Advising

We in Sociology and Anthropology are committed to individual and personalized consultation with each of our majors and with those students considering entering one of our department's three degree programs. Every student is assigned a faculty member as an advisor when s/he enters the program. Although most students retain their initial advisors, some change advisors as their interests or degree programs change.

  • Students will be informed about their advisor when they enter the program. If your assignment needs to be clarified or changed, please check with the department chair.
  • You can make an appointment with your advisor by contacting him or her directly or by using the University's advising appointment system.
  • Degree requirements for anthropology, sociology, and criminology and criminal justice can be found on this site or in the University Catalog.
  • Various forms, including those for off-campus study and courses taken at other institutions, change of major, intent to graduate, etc. can be found on the College of Arts and Sciences site.

Many questions can be answered by any faculty member, before or after class, during office hours, or just passing the the hallways. However, we urge you to make time to see your advisor on a regular basis. The ongoing contact and your advisor's personal knowledge of you and your interests can make your time at the University more rewarding.

Sociology and Anthropology Advising Information


University College Advisors for Sociology 2013/2014
Professor Leo Carroll

Professor Richard Travisano

University College Advisor for Anthropology 2013/2014

Professor Holly Dunsworth


Department Chair
Professor Leo Carroll

Justice, Law, and Society Minor
Professor Leo Carroll

Alpha Kappa Delta, Sociology Honor Society
Professor Judy Van Wyk

News & Announcements

New Faculty in Sociology:

Dr. Melanie S. Brasher has joined the department as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Duke University in 2013. Prior to coming to URI, Dr. Brasher was a visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Dickinson College. Her appointment is a joint appointment in Sociology and in Human Development and Family Studies where she will participate in the Gerontology program. For more info click here.

Dr. Hilda Lloreans has joined the department as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut in 2005. Prior to coming to URI, she was a visiting Assistant Professor at Brown University and a Lecturer at Middlebury College. She has also held positions as a Research Associate at the University of Puerto Rico and at the Institute for Community Research in Hartford, Connecticut. For more info click here.

Early Career Faculty Research Award

For the second year in a row, an anthropologist has been awarded the University’s Early Career Research Award. Assistant Professor Holly Dunsworth received the 2014 award for her research comparing energy use in apes and other mammals with particular reference to how the energetics and metabolic parameters of pregnancy, fetal growth, infant growth, and lactation and how those determine the timing of birth in humans and other mammals. Kudos to Holly!!!

Department contacts

Department Chair
Leo Carroll,

Justice, Law & Society Minor Coordinator
Professor Leo Carroll,

Administrative Assistant
Theresa Nobile,