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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


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
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Justice, Law & Society Minor Coordinator
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Administrative Assistant
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