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.
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 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!!!
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