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Emily B. Campbell

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, College of the Holy Cross

Emily B. Campbell, Ph.D. is a sociologist with specialization in political sociology, race and ethnicity, human rights, culture, emotions, social movements, education, drugs and society and social theory. Her current research is on the social, political and cultural implications of drug overdose death. In the last two decades over 800,000 Americans have died of drug overdose, her book project, tentatively titled "Grieving Overdose" tells the story of those left behind. Based on a three-year ethnography of New England and over sixty interviews with experts and community members, the work centers the lives of women and mothers who in both life and death advocate on behalf of their adult children, forge communities of care and demand political change. Dr. Campbell’s previous collaborative work includes research on religion in social movements and the sociology of education.

Dr. Campbell received her Ph.D., M.Phil. and M.A. from the Doctoral Program in Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) and her B.A. in Sociology with Departmental Honors from Indiana University, Bloomington. A globally-oriented scholar, she was a graduate research fellow in Mexico City where she conducted fieldwork on human rights and the drug war and was a predoctoral fellow to the Department of Sociology, Organization, Migration and Participation at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at College of the Holy Cross and Faculty Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University.


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    Visiting Assistant Professor, College of the Holy Cross