Karen Sweeting

  • Assistant Professor
  • Tucker House, Rm 107
  • Phone: 401.874.2124
  • Email: ksweeting@uri.edu


Dr. Karen Sweeting joined the Political Science Department as an Assistant Professor in August of 2021. Her research focuses on social equity, inclusion, public personnel administration, and the nexus between public administration theory and practice. In the broadest terms, she is interested in examining how public service can be more equitable, inclusive, and just – focusing on interrogating assumptions, systems, values, policies, and practices as they relate to equity and inclusion for those working within public sector organizations and for those who benefit from and interact with public programs.

Dr. Sweeting teaches courses on public administration; ethics; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and human resources. Prior to joining the University of Rhode Island and the Political Science Department, she worked for almost 15 years as a human resources administrator in Florida. She strives to imbue her scholarship and teaching with insights and experience from her time as a public servant.


• Ph.D., Public Administration, Florida Atlantic University
• M.P.A., Public Administration, Florida Atlantic University
• B.S., Administration, Barry University