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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:

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.


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,