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Emily B. Campbell


Sociology and Anthropology
Visiting Instructor of Sociology

Doctoral Candidate (expected Fall 2019), CUNY Graduate Center 

Fields:  political sociology; race and ethnicity; the sociology of human rights; cultural sociology; drugs and society; transnational sociology, especially Latin America and Europe


Contact Information

Office Phone: 
Office: Beaven 221
Office Hours: (508)793-3753
PO Box: 50A




Emily B. Campbell is Visiting Instructor of Sociology.  She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Indiana University, Bloomington, an M.A. from the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership of City College, CUNY and an M.Phil. from the CUNY Graduate Center where she is a doctoral candidate.  She is a Research Affiliate at Yale University in the Department of Sociology’s Center for Cultural Sociology. 

Campbell’s dissertation, “Life on the Line: Grief, Care and Politics in the American Opioid Crisis,” examines grief in the American opioid crisis through a case study of New England. The research investigates how the opioid crisis affects social and political life, particularly on the social experience of grief. The mixed-method approach includes interviews (n=60), participant observation of grief groups and advocacy meetings, visits to relevant facilities and public gatherings (n=25), and analysis of relevant documents and reports.  At the intersection of political sociology and the sociology of death and dying, the research shows how the death of a loved one can be a political catalyst with far reaching implications.

At College of the Holy Cross, Campbell teaches The Sociological Perspective, Drugs in the Americas and in the Montserrat program. Drugs in the Americas, which is cross listed with International Studies, the Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies, and Peace and Conflict Studies programs, investigates the social and political life of illicit drugs in the Americas.  Using illicit political economy as point of departure, the course travels to different sites of the international drug market from production to consumption.  Topics include: prohibition regimes and corollary institutions of criminalization, incarceration, and militarization; social wellbeing impacts in both public health and human rights terms; drugs and racism; international and grassroots calls for alternative governmental responses to drugs.  The course draws on cases from the US, Mexico, the Caribbean, Colombia and Uruguay.


Journal Articles:

Campbell, Emily B., John Torpey, and Bryan S. Turner. “Religion and the Occupy Wall Street movement.” Critical Research on Religion 3.2 (2015): 127-147.

Gordon, Edmund W., and Emily B. Campbell“Context and Perspective: Implications for Assessment in Education.” Teachers College Record 116 (2014): 1-18

Book Chapter:

Campbell, Emily B. and Edmund W. Gordon. 2017. “The Role of Family and Home in Children’s Intellectual Development”. Strengthening Families, Communities and Schools to Support Children’s Development. Routledge.

Other publications:

Campbell, Emily B. 2018. “As the opioid epidemic continues, the holidays bring need to support those in grief.” The Conversation. December 20. Republished in Connecticut Post, Danbury News-Times (CT), Elko Daily Free Press (NV), Lincoln Journal Star (KS), Idaho Press-Tribune,, Stamford Advocate (CT).

Campbell, Emily B. 2017. “Deconstructing (nationalist) moral walls: We need a humanist political economy.” Estudios Criticos de la Cultura, Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México. N. 20.1. September 11.

Campbell, Emily B. 2017. “Deconstruyendo muros morales (nacionalistas): necesitamos una economía política humanista.” Estudios Criticos de la Cultura, Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México. N. 20.2. September 11.

Campbell, Emily B. 2017. “As I See It: The toll of drugs on both sides of the border.”  Worcester Telegram and Gazette, August 7, p. A11.