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Leo Carroll

Leo Carroll



Department Chair


Ph.D., Brown University

Criminology, Law and Society, Race and Ethnic Relations

Research Interests
Policing, Punishment and Corrections, Criminal Justice Policy

Professor Carroll regularly teaches courses such as SOC/PSC 274 The Criminal Justice System, SOC 330 Police in Democratic Societies, SOC 331 Punishment and Corrections, and SOC/PSC Policy Issues in Criminal Justice. He also coordinates the Department's internship program offered through SOC 497 Field Experience in Sociology. Professor Carroll is a past recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Professor Carroll has authored two books: Hacks, Blacks and Cons: Race Relations in a Maximum Security Prison (Lexington Book, 1974; revised and reissued in paperback by Waveland Press, 1988) and Lawful Order: Correctional Crisis and Reform (Garland Press, 1998; reissued in paperback, 2000). He has also authored or co-authored more thirty articles in professional journals and collections of scholarly works. His most recent publications are Out of Place: Racial Stereotypes and the Ecology of Frisks and Searches Following Traffic Stops and "Mass Incarceration and Conditions of Confinement" in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Prisons and Inprisonment.

In recognition of his scholarship, Professor Carroll has served as a Visiting Research Fellow in the Center for Criminal Justice at Harvard Law School, as a Fellow at the Economic and Social Research Institute in Dublin, Ireland, and in 1993 was selected as the George Beto Professor in the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University in Texas. Lawful Order was named the Outstanding Book by a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in 2000.

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,