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Christine Zozula

Assistant Professor


Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Criminology, Punishment and Corrections

Professor Christine Zozula graduated summa cum laude at Fordham College Lincoln Center with degrees in Sociology and Anthropology. She earned her doctorate in Sociology at the University of Connecticut, specializing in law, crime, culture and gender.


Professor Zozula studies the practical and cultural processes of punishment. She has published on a good prisoner reentry program gone wrong at The Prison Journal, the relationship between human rights and domestic violence in Societies Without Borders, and lawyers behaving badly at Law and Social Inquiry (forthcoming 2014). She is currently writing about how community courts, which exclusively handle low-level offenses, help shape broader understandings of cities, criminals, and deservingness.


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,