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Alana Bibeau



Ph.D., University of Virgina

Social Inequality, Gender and Family, Medical

Alana Bibeau received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Virginia in 2010. She teaches courses in Sociology and Gender and Women's Studies, including large-lecture introductory courses in both disciplines, and lower- and upper-division courses on Women and Health, Sex and Gender, Families in Society, Health, Illness and Medical Care, Race, Class, and Sexuality in Women's Lives, Intimate Relationships, and Feminist Theory.


Her research interests are in social inequality, families and care work, maternal pedagogy and reproduction, medical sociology, and culture. She is particularly interested in how people understand and experience the cultural tension between the rational pursuit of individual interests and the ties of commitment that bind us to others. In addition to her academic work, in 2004 Dr. Bibeau began supporting women in labor; in 2006 she completed her formal doula training at the former Seattle Midwifery School (now part of Bastyr University). She is a Certified Labor Doula (CLD) and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Rhode Island Birth Network.

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,