History and
Social Sciences

The faculty and students within our multidisciplinary department advance the study and practice of history and the social sciences through teaching, research, and outreach. Our research generates knowledge rooted in historical and social scientific approaches to the study of the human condition.


McDonnell, Judith

Judith McDonnell

Professor, History and Social Sciences
Faculty Suite C, Room 219

McDonnell is a Professor of Sociology, the former Sociology Coordinator and the current Sport Studies Coordinator. She earned her doctoral degree in Sociology at Brown University and a bachelor’s degree at Cornell University. Teaching is her passion. Most of her courses focus on understanding social inequality and advancing social justice. Judith was one of the first faculty members to establish a sociology course on the HBO series (2003-2008) "The Wire."

Social inequality; theory; sociology of sport; teaching television, "The Wire"

Racial, Ethnic and Gender Inequality, Sport and Social Issues; Sport and Embodiment, Residential Segregation, Brazilian Immigrants

  • American Sociological Association
  • Community and Urban section
  • North American Association for the Study of Sport
  • Teaching Excellence Award in Liberal Arts
  • Women's Herstory Award for Faculty
  • 2016, Bryant Pride
  • 2016, Bryant University Inclusivness Award
  • 2015, Summer Research Stipend
  • 2014, Merit Award recipient
  • 2011, 2011: Bryant Residence Life Rainbow Award, LGBTQ Faculty Advocate Award
  • 2007, Faculty Mentor of the Year Award
  • 2006, Bryant Faculty Federation: Distinguished Faculty Member Award

McDonnell, J., Review of Nepali Migrant Women: Resistance and Survival in America , Contemporary Sociology.