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."
Ph D, Brown University
MA, Brown University
BA, Cornell University
McDonnell, J., Review of Nepali Migrant Women: Resistance and Survival in America , Contemporary Sociology.
Teaching Excellence Award in Liberal Arts,
Women's Herstory Award for Faculty,
Bryant Pride , 2016
Bryant University Inclusivness Award, 2016
Summer Research Stipend, 2015
Merit Award recipient, 2014
2011: Bryant Residence Life Rainbow Award, LGBTQ Faculty Advocate Award, 2011
Faculty Mentor of the Year Award, 2007
Bryant Faculty Federation: Distinguished Faculty Member Award, 2006
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 Soceity for the Sociology of Sport
North American Society for Sociology of Sport