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The faculty who teach in the Global Studies Department come from many different disciplines, but share a commitment to engaged student learning. Learn more about some of the faculty who teach in the program below.

Nuria Alonso García


After graduating from the Universidad de Oviedo with a degree in Spanish Philology in 1993, she started her doctoral work in the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, in Madrid. Read more…

Kara Cebulko


Kara Cebulko is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology with a joint appointment in the Department of Global Studies. Her current research focuses on how legal status and other forms of stratification shape the transition to and experience of young adulthood for 1.5- generation immigrants. She teaches courses on migration, borders, and globalization and is the author of one book Documented, Undocumented, and Something Else: The Incorporation of Children of Brazilian Immigrants and has published in a number of journals, including Sociological Quarterly, the Journal of Marriage and Family, The Journal of Family Studies, American Behavioral Scientist, Ethnicities, and Sociological Perspectives. Read More…

Nicholas Longo

Nicholas V. Longo is professor of Global Studies and Public and Community Service Studies at Providence College. He also co-directs the Dialogue, Inclusion, and Democracy (Lab) which focuses on using deliberative, community-based pedagogies to promote equity and democracy. He is committed to working collaboratively with students and community partners in areas such as civic education, engaged learning, deliberative pedagogy, and youth political engagement. His most recent co-edited books include Creating Space for Democracy and Deliberative Pedagogy and Nick is currently co-creating projects related to social solidarity, civic professionalism, and community-based art. Read More…

Natoschia Scruggs

Natoschia Scruggs is an Assistant Professor of Global Studies. Before joining the department, she held positions over the years in academia, at NGOs, and in government, including having served for nearly five years as principal advisor on research to Ambassador Susan Rice, Ambassador Samantha Power, and Ambassador Nikki Haley at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. She has an interdisciplinary PhD in African Diaspora Studies with a focus on global migration and was a Ford Foundation Fellow, Rotary Ambassadorial Fellow, and Fulbright Scholar. Read More..

Jim Tull


Jim facilitates workshops on community building, cultural transformation and deep ecology and also teaches Philosophy at the Community College of RI and Rhode Island’s state prison. In the summer of 2015, he and a small group of friends, including two PC/Community Service alums, founded ‘Listening Tree Cooperative’, a community-based permaculture homestead, in Chepachet, RI. He is father to Sofia (b. 1991) and Nelson (1994).

Trina Vithayathil, Department Chair

Trina Vithayathil is an Assistant Professor of Global Studies and a faculty affiliate of the Asian Studies Program. She received her Ph.D in Sociology from Brown University, where she was a NSF Graduate Research Fellow, Fulbright-Hays Fellow, and NIH Pre-Doctoral Trainee in Demography. She also holds a M.A in Sociology from Brown, a M.P.P in Political and Economic Development from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a B.A in Geology from Carleton College. Her research and teaching interests include Political Sociology, Social Inequality, Comparative Race, Political Economy, Sociology of Knowledge, Social Demography, and Globalization and Development. Read More…