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Faculty and Staff

Full-Time Faculty


Alana Bibeau, Ph.D.


Office: Chafee Hall Rm 504

Phone: (401) 874-5933


Kristine Bovy
Kristine Bovy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Coastal Archaeology, Zooarchaeology

Office: Chafee Hall, Rm 513
Phone: (401) 874-4143


Melanie S. Brasher, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Aging & the Life Course, Demography, Intergenerational Relations, Health Disparities, Chinese Society

Office: Chafee Hall Rm 514
Phone: (401) 874-2597


Leo Carroll
Leo Carroll, Ph.D.
Professor, Department Chair
Coordinator of Justice, Law, and Society Minor
Criminology, Law and Society, Race and Ethnic Relations

Office: Chafee Hall Rm 508
Phone: (401) 874-4135

Barbara J. Costello, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Criminology, Juvenile Delinqency, Social Psychology, Research Methods

Office: Chafee Hall, Rm 509A
Phone: (401) 874-2877
Donald Cunnigen
Donald Cunnigen, Ph.D.
Race and Ethnic Relations, Social Inequality, Social Movements, Social History

Office: Chafee Hall Rm 181
Phone: (401) 874-4302

Jill Doerner
Jill Doerner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Criminology, Criminal Justice, Inequality

Office: Chafee Hall, Rm 505
Phone: (401) 874-4077



Holly Dunsworth, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Biological Anthropology

Office: Chafee Hall, Rm 510
Phone: (401) 874-7297



Julie Keller


Julie Keller, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Latin America, Sociel Inequality, Migration

Office: Chafee Hall, Rm 516
Phone: (401) 874-2587
E-mail: TBD



Hilda Llorens, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Caribbean & Latino Studies, Urban Anthropology, Popular Culture, Visual Studies

Office: Chafee Hall Rm 176
Phone: (401) 874-2587


Carlos Garcia-Quijano

Carlos Garcia-Quijano, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Ecological Anthropology, Human Ecology

Office: Chafee Hall Rm 176
Phone: (401)

Helen Mederer

Helen Mederer, Ph.D.
Family, Aging, Work and Society, Gender Inequality

Office: Schmidt Labor Research Center
Phone: (401) 874-4144


Rosaria Pisa, Ph.D.
Political Sociology, Development, Culture, Inequality

Office: Chafee Hall
Phone: (401) 874-2482


John Poggie
John Poggie, Ph.D.
Methodology, Modernization, Maritime Anthropology, Latin America

Office: Chafee Hall Rm 511
Phone: (401) 874-5666


Judy Van Wyk, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Criminology, Family Violence, Research Methods

Office: Chafee Hall Rm 515
Phone: (401) 874-4146


Christine Zozula, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: Chafee Hall Rm 504

Phone: (401) 874-5705





Affiliated Faculty


Matthew Bodah, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Labor Relations and Human Resources
Work and Organizations, Industrial Sociology
Office: Chafee Hall, Rm 807
Phone: (401) 874-2212

David Bidwell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Marine Affairs
Environmental Sociology, Alternative Energy
Office: Coastal Institute
Phone: (401) 874-5708

Donna Hughes, Ph.D.
Carlson Professor of Gender and Womans Studies
Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking
Office: Chafee Hall
Phone: (401) 874-2757



Adjunct Faculty

Bradley Anderson, Ph.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor of Sociology
Statistics and Methods, Alcohol and Addictions

John W. Loy, Ph.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor of Sociology
Sociology of Sport




Theresa Nobile
Administrative Assistant
Office: Chafee Hall Rm 507
Phone: (401) 874-2587

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
Leo Carroll,

Justice, Law & Society Minor Coordinator
Professor Leo Carroll,

Administrative Assistant
Theresa Nobile,