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About Josephine A. Ruggiero

Hired in September of 1973, Josephine A. Ruggiero taught sociology courses at Providence College for 41 years, until her retirement in July, 2014. Her teaching load included courses in Research Methods, Social Statistics, Social Change, The Applications of Sociology, The Changing Family, and Introduction to Sociology. In addition, during her tenure at PC, Ruggiero created two Internships--Women and Family Issues, General Sociology Internship. She offered both internships on a regular basis to students in WMS. sociology, and related disciplines. Ruggiero also mentored students in Independent Studies. As Dr. Ruggiero has told her former students, she views the discipline of sociology as "the great, non-human love of her life." To wit, all three of her degrees: B. A., magna cum laude, from Albertus Magnus College; M. A., and Ph.D. from Fordham University, are in sociology. Ruggiero's areas of expertise (research, teaching, and publication) include adoption (domestic and international adoption); social change, the applications of sociology; and women and family issues. In 1976, she founded and coordinated the New England Undergraduate Research Conference in Sociology which was held annually at Providence College for 20 years, through 1995. She created this conference as a forum for undergraduate sociology students from New England colleges and universities, and other states, to present their original research in a professional, supportive setting. Ruggiero is very proud that this conference continues to be held annually at another New England college. Upon her retirement, she launched and serves as volunteer Editor-in-Chief of Sociology between the Gaps: Forgotten and Neglected Topics (SBG). This innovative, peer-reviewed, on-line journal is published in conjunction with PC's Digital Commons.  SBG is cross-disciplinary and intersectional (exploring the intersections among gender, age, race, social class, etc.).  This journal publishes high-quality empirical, theoretical, and applied articles, Point of View essays, Book and Movie Reviews relevant to the journal's theme, and an Etcetera column of shorter pieces. In addition to encouraging submissions from  professionals in diverse fields, undergraduate and graduate students are also encouraged to submit their original work. Manuscript Guidelines and other publication information about Sociology between the Gaps is available at


2014 Present Professor Emerita of Sociology, Providence College Sociology
19832014 Professor of Sociology, Providence College Sociology
19781983 Associate Professor of Sociology, Providence College Sociology
19731978 Assistant Professor of Sociology, Providence College Sociology

Curriculum Vitae



PhD, Fordham University ‐ Sociology
MA, Fordham University ‐ Sociology
BA, Albertus Magnus College ‐ Sociology

Contact Information

Emeritus Faculty Suite- Room 108
Phillips Memorial Library
Providence College
Providence, RI 02918-0001


Books (2)

Book Chapters (1)

Peer-reviewed Articles (22)