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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


Department Chair
Professor Leo Carroll

Justice, Law, and Society Minor
Professor Leo Carroll

Alpha Kappa Delta, Sociology Honor Society
Professor Judy Van Wyk

Lamdba Alpha Anthropology Honor Society
Professor Kristine Bovy


News & Announcements


Donna Hughes, Carlson Professor of Gender and Women's Studies has accepted a joint appointment as Professor of Sociology. Professor Hughes is a leading international researcher on human trafficking. She has completed research on the trafficking of women and girls for sexual exploitation in the United States, Russia, Ukraine, and Korea and also does research and writing on women's rights.


Dr. Pravin Patkar, a Fulbright Scholar from India will be in residence in Sociology and Anthropology during the 2015-16 academic year. The founder of Prerana, a center for women and children in Kamathipura - the largest red-light district in the world -- he written extensively on the topic of human trafficking. He has worked with victims of bonded labor (modern-day slavery) and prostitution and sex trafficking, and is an advocate for laws and policy that protect victims and hold perpetrators accountable. Dr. Patkar will be doing research and co-teaching courses with Professor Donna Hughes.


Julie Keller Julie C. Keller has joined the department as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to URI, Professor Keller was a Visiting Assistant Professor and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Oberlin College.


Rosaria Pisa has been appointed director of the Gender and Women's Studies program. Professor Pisa has conducted in-depth fieldwork in rural and urban Mexico since 1993. Her research has evolved from studying the impact of the privatization of communal land on community life to her current focus on the gender dynamics of local and organic farming.


URI Anthropology & History student, Morgan Breene, earns prestigious international award to continue her studies of underwater archaeological sites. For full article click here



For the second year in a row, an anthropologist has been awarded the University’s Early Career Research Award.

Associate 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,