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Faculty and Staff

Full-Time Faculty

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

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







Alana Bibeau



Office: Chafee Hall Rm 504

Phone: (401) 874-5933





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.
Assistant Professor
Criminology, Criminal Justice, Inequality

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






Holly Dunsworth, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Biological Anthropology

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



Carlos Garcia-Quijano

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

Office: Chafee Hall Rm 516
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


Cynthia Taylor, M.A.
Biocultural Anthropology, Human Variation, Primate Ecology

Office: Chafee Hall Rm 514
Phone: (401) 874-9057
Richard Travisano
Richard Travisano, Ph.D.
Social Psychology, Mental Disorder, Sociology of the Arts

Office: Chafee Hall Rm 177
Phone: (401) 874-2256

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

Adjunct Faculty

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

Russell Chabot, Ph.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor of Sociology
Deviance, Culture, Sociological Theory, Visual Sociology

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

Jessica Sherwood, Ph.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor of Sociology
Sex and Gender, Families, Class Inequality

Sara Peabody Turnbaugh, M.S.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Curator, Museum of Primitive Culture, Peace Dale, Rhode Island


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

News & Announcements

New Faculty in Sociology:

Dr. Melanie S. Brasher has joined the department as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Duke University in 2013. Prior to coming to URI, Dr. Brasher was a visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Dickinson College. Her appointment is a joint appointment in Sociology and in Human Development and Family Studies where she will participate in the Gerontology program. For more info click here.

Dr. Hilda Lloreans has joined the department as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut in 2005. Prior to coming to URI, she was a visiting Assistant Professor at Brown University and a Lecturer at Middlebury College. She has also held positions as a Research Associate at the University of Puerto Rico and at the Institute for Community Research in Hartford, Connecticut. For more info click here.

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,