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Faculty Research and Publications

Andrea Boggio, PhD, Legal Studies

Andrea Boggio's research touches several disciplines: law, applied ethics, and sociology. He has written articles or book chapters on the regulation of assisted reproduction, the ethical and legal implications of using human genetic material in biomedical research, human rights law, compensation for victims of the asbestos epidemic in the United States and victims of Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease (also known as mad cow disease). He co-edited a volume analyzing the link between health and development, with a particular focus on the role of international organizations. He is currently completing a book on the compensation of asbestos victims in England, Italy and Belgium and working on a project monitoring the freedom of research and treatment around the world.


Michael Scott Bryant, PhD, Legal Studies 

Michael Bryant is the author of Confronting the “Good Death”: Nazi Euthanasia on Trial, 1945-53 (University Press of Colorado, 2005) and numerous articles on the postwar adjudication of Nazi-era crimes. He has held fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the German Exchange Service (DAAD), the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He is currently working on a study of the major West German “Operation Reinhard” death camp trials of the 1960s, to be published by the University of Tennessee Press.


Joan Ellen Camara, J.D., Legal Studies

Joan Camara’s professional research and writings focus on international and employment discrimination law. She is one of the editors of the textbook International Business Law: Text, Cases and Readings, 7th ed., and is a reviewer for the Journal of Legal Studies in Education.  In addition, she writes official decisions for United States agencies such as the Department of Labor, Department of Treasury, Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration.


Gregg Lee Carter, PhD, Sociology 

Gregg Lee Carter has authored or edited 22 books. His writings on contemporary social issues have also appeared in more than a dozen academic journals; among them are Focus on Law Studies, the Forum for Applied Research & Public Policy, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Research in Urban Economics, Sociological Focus, Sociological Forum, Sociology Inquiry, Sociological Perspectives, Sociological Viewpoints, and The Sociological Quarterly. He is currently doing survey-based research on the problem of interethnic relations. He is also working on a new book in the area of “population & society,” as well as a book on the problem of establishing causality in social science research. Finally, he is the general editor for an on-line series of position papers on contemporary social issues for ABC-CLIO entitled “Enduring Questions.”


John Dietrich, PhD, Political Science

John Dietrich's research focuses on U.S. foreign policy and international human rights. He also has written on U.S. government topics. His publishing includes The George Bush Foreign Policy Reader, pieces in journals such as Presidential Studies Quarterly, Political Science Quarterly, Ethics in International Affairs and Human Rights Review and in several books and encyclopedias. Currently, he is exploring President Obama's human rights policies and U.S. international HIV/AIDS programs.


Sandra Enos, PhD, Sociology

Sandra Enos’s research focuses on two areas. The first is community engagement and the ways in which universities develop and sustain partnerships that support student learning and advance the missions of nonprofits and public agencies. The second area examines the history and development of child and social welfare, using Rhode Island as a case study. She has published Mothering from the Inside: Parenting in a Women’s Prison, has edited a key collection of articles on service-learning in Sociology published by the American Association of Higher Education, and has articles that have appeared in Rhode Island History, the Journal of Public Administration, and in edited collections on service-learning and community engagement.


Michael Fraleigh, PhD, Sociology

Michael Fraleigh's research explores the impact of parenting styles, family structures and other social variables on academic achievement. He has also explored the sociological study of leadership. Recently, he has written on developing quality internship experiences for students and on engaging students through research.


Nicole Freiner, PhD, Political Science

Nicole Freiner's research focuses on the role of democratic state institutions for citizen participation. The theoretical frameworks she has used draw from literature on the relationship between the state and civil society, political participation, democratization and feminist theories of the state. Her research fits into the literature in comparative politics on the state-society interface, specifically related to the effect of state interventions and state initiatives on women’s political role or participation. Her current book project analyzes Confucianism and argues that there is meaningful potential for citizens to pressure the state in the Confucian context in ways that have been unexamined thus far by western scholarship. The book examines three nexus points: women’s centers, UN initiatives and domestic violence law in order to illustrate the intersection of Confucian gender initiatives and western feminist movements in Japan.


Rich Holtzman, PhD, Political Science

Rich Holtzman’s research focuses on American politics and the presidency. In particular, he is interested in the role of rhetoric and narratives in American politics and their relationship with public policymaking. He has published journal articles in White House Studies, Issues in Political Discourse Analysis, and the International Social Science Review. He is also interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning and has published articles in the journals Academic Exchange Quarterly and Transformative Dialogues: Teaching & Learning Journal. His recent and current work concerns the oppositional rhetoric of “socialized medicine” and its impact on health care reform efforts, as well as an exploration of competing problem definitions used to explain the causes of the 2008 financial crisis.


Antoine L. Joseph, PhD, History

Antoine Joseph's research focuses on the issues of race, class, and labor in historical and comparative perspective. In the past, he has published a book analyzing skilled labor in advanced democracies, and one examining the impact of economic inequality on racial progress in the U.S. He has published articles in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Politics and Society, and the British Journal of Sociology. He is currently working on a project that examines the impact of war in the creation of citizenship and racial identity.


Judy Barrett Litoff, PhD, History

Judy Barrett Litoff’s research focuses on U.S. women and World War II.  She is the author of fourteen books and more than 100 articles, book chapters, and book reviews.  You can learn more about her research at her web site at


Paul Lokken, PhD, History

Paul Lokken studies social relations in colonial Central America with a particular focus on the African experience in colonial Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.  His work has appeared in journals such as The Americas, Slavery and Abolition and Repositorio and in edited volumes published by Costa Rica’s UNESCO office, FLACSO-San Salvador and Duke University Press.  He is also co-author of a general survey aimed at the classroom, Daily Life in Colonial Latin America.  At present, he is exploring the nature and impact of involuntary Angolan migration to Central America in the early seventeenth century.


 Brad D. Martin, PhD, History

Bradford Martin's research explores the relationship between culture and politics in recent Unites States history. His books include The Other Eighties: A Secret History of America in the Age of Reagan and The Theater Is in the Streets: Politics and Public Performance in Sixties America (Winner of the 2005 New England American Studies Association Lois P. Rudnick Book Prize) His current research project, in conjunction with the Global 1970s Study Group, is titled "1970s Opposition Art, Theater, and Politics in International Perspective."


 Judith McDonnell, PhD, Sociology

Judith McDonnell specializes in the study of social inequality, especially racial and ethnic inequality. Her long term project, with her collaborator Dr. Cileine de Lourenço, also at Bryant, is the study of Brazilian immigrant women’s racial identity. Their work has appeared in book chapters and in Ethnic and Racial Studies and Latino(a) Research Review. More recently McDonnell is exploring “the misunderstood college age female athlete” as a specific example of gender inequality. She recently presented a paper on this topic at the European Sociological Association Annual Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.


W. Jay Reedy, PhD, History

Jay Reedy's research centers on European intellectual/cultural history. After a number of years investigating and publishing numerous articles on the late l8th century thought of Rousseau, Saint-Simon and especially Louis de Bonald, He has recently shifted focus to studying the impact of the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche on philosophical, aesthetic, and sociopolitical thinkers in early 20th century Britain. His first essay, part of a larger project, on aspects of this topic recently appeared in the International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Science.