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Madeleine Cousineau


Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences & Humanities

(617) 928-7304


Ph.D., Boston University
M.A., Boston University
B.A., Emmanuel College


For Professor Cousineau, the best part about the field of sociology is “its ability to challenge prevailing ideas about how the world works.” She has many years of teaching experience in a variety of settings, including prisons. She has done research in both local and international areas, and has worked with community agencies in Boston, as well as an international human rights network. ,

She is the author of several publications, including Introducing Sociology: A Whole New World (Marquette Books, 2009) and Promised Land: Base Christian Communities and the Struggle for the Amazon (SUNY Press, 1995). Currently she teaches Introduction to Sociology, Social Inequality, Social Problems, Social Issues in Global Perspective, and Truth and Propaganda. In class, she enjoys bearing witness to the “moment when a student begins to understand the world in a new way.” Dr. Cousineau advises students of sociology to “be flexible, and to learn to tolerate ambiguity.”

Her numerous awards include the President’s Award for Travel to Internationalize the Curriculum, a Development Award from the New England Organization for Human Services, and a Fulbright Lecture-Research Award for Brazil. She is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who Among American Teachers.