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Calvin B. Peters



Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Sociology of Knowledge, Cultural Sociology, Social Theory

One of my students once suggested to me that my courses were "agents of social change." I'm not sure that's true, but it is something to which I aspire.

Although sociology may seem to be merely another subject with its own vocabulary, theoretical frameworks, and methodological manipulations, I believe it has the capacity to transform how we see our own lives, the lives of others, and our life together.

Our world is in desperate need of well-informed, reflective, and caring citizens. I hope my courses, whether in social thought or sociology of knowledge, in religion or introductory sociology, will help nurture those capacities in our students.

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,