Department of Sociology & Anthropology

507 Chafee Building, 10 Chafee Road, Kingston, RI 02881

– 401.874.2587 (ph); 401.874.2588 (f)

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Alana Bibeau

  • Instructor of Sociology
  • Chafee Hall, Rm 508
  • Phone: 401.874.2587


Alana Bibeau began teaching courses in sociology and gender and women’s studies at the University of Rhode since 2006. She holds both a doctorate and a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Virginia in 2010.

Bibeau teaches courses in sociology and gender and women’s studies, including large-lecture introductory courses in both disciplines, and lower- and upper-division courses on women and health, sex and gender, families in society, health, illness and medical care, race, class, and sexuality in women’s lives, intimate relationships, and feminist theory.

In addition to her academic work, in 2004 Bibeau began supporting women in labor. In 2006 she completed her formal doula training at the former Seattle Midwifery School (now part of Bastyr University). She is a Certified Labor Doula (CLD) and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Rhode Island Birth Network.


Her research interests are in social inequality, families and care work, maternal pedagogy and reproduction, medical sociology, and culture. She is particularly interested in how people understand and experience the cultural tension between the rational pursuit of individual interests and the ties of commitment that bind us to others.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in sociology, University fo Virginia 2010
  • Master of Arts in sociology, University of Virginia

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