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Joseph C. Carroll

Professor, Social Sciences and Education
M. Roy London Endowed Chair

(603) 526-3654 |

Joined faculty in 1977. B.A. from Holy Cross College; M.A., Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire. Areas of teaching include sociology of race and ethnic relations, social problems, domestic violence and the sociology of the family. Professor Carroll's research interests include studies of family dynamics, ethnic conflict and genocide. He has recently completed a sabbatical research project that focused on the ethnic turnover of neighborhoods in Lawrence, Mass. over the course of the 20th century. In the fall of 2002, he was awarded the M. Roy London Endowed Chair for Community and Environmental Studies. He is a former Fulbright scholar to Eastern Europe and has taught in Israel.

Areas of Expertise

  • Family relationships
  • Race and ethnic relations
  • Domestic violence
  • Comparative genocide and Holocaust studies

Recent Presentations

  • "Poland and Czechoslovakia in the 1990s: Social, Political, and Economic Transformations."

  • "Negotiated Order in the Cross-Cultural Classroom: Teaching in Israel." Association of Humanist Sociology, Kentucky, November 2000.

  • "The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict." New London Rotary, December 2000.

  • "Lawrence: Immigrant City in Transition." Sabbatical Presentation, February, 2003.

  • "Genocide: A Comparative Focus." Published in Genocide Prevention Now, Fall, 2012.


  • Ph.D., University of New Hampshire
  • M.A., University of New Hampshire
  • B.A., College of The Holy Cross