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Experiential Learning


The University has a well developed internship and experiential learning program, and many of our students both in sociology and anthropology have taken advantage of those opportunities. In recent years students have interned at agencies such as the following:

  • Children's Friend and Service
  • Domestic Violence Resource Center
  • Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America
  • Narragansett Police Department
  • Providence Police Department
  • Rhode Island Attourney General's Office
  • Rhode Island Department of Corrections
  • Rhode Island Public Defender's Office
  • Rhode Island State Police


For more information about these and other programs check out the center for Career and Experiental education:


The department also offers a number of field work opportunities. Two new programs, about which we are especially excited, combine course work in sociology or anthropology with a field experience in either Mexico or Southern Italy. Students in these programs learn about sustainable aggricultural practices from farmers in these areas. These courses are coordinated br professor Rosaria Pisa.


For now, you might want to check out the URI Internship Office.


There are numerous organizations that list fieldwork opportunities in anthropology, such as:


More information about all things anthropological, including fieldwork opportunities and careers, can be found at:

Over the last several years, many of our students have expressed an interest in improving the common good through work in various NGOs - environmental protection, poverty alleviation, health care, rehabilitation, peace and justice, and many more. We are exploring several possible ways to help students interested in this work become well-prepared to pursue it. . If you are interested in additional possibilities for this sort of work, either paid, volunteer, or internship, take a look at for wide selection of domestic and international opportunities.


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,