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Sandra O'Neil Professor, Sociology and Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice and Sociology

Sandra O'Neil

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Ph.D., Sociology, Boston College  
M.A., Sociology, Boston College 
B.S., Business Management, Georgetown University

Dr. O'Neil recent research and teaching focuses on climate justice, studying specifically the unjust burden of climate crisis on the most vulnerable and least culpable populations.  This interest stemmed from her previous research on environmental justice, the unjust burden of hazardous waste, and in particular Superfund sites, on poor communities and communities of color.  Dr. O’Neil has worked with communities to understand toxics and health, as well as renewable development projects.  Dr. O’Neil has experience in both quantitative and qualitative methods.  Her past quantitative research included the use of advanced statistical modeling, using census and environmental data, event history analysis; while her qualitative research projects have involved community action around health and toxics as well as renewable development projects.

As part of her graduate work, Dr. O’Neil passed proficiency exams in social movements, environmental sociology, and research methods.  She teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate level in Sociology and Criminal Justice.  Areas of academic interest include: climate justice, environmental justice and environmental crime, methods in social research and data analysis.

Over the last five years, Dr. O’Neil has presented on curriculum and program assessment at national conferences in both the Sociology and Criminal Justice fields.  Her work was recently recognized by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, and she was an invited presenter at the annual statewide conference on assessment in higher education.

Dr. O’Neil is also serving on the Department of Higher Education committee on Prior Learning Credits as part of the revisions of the Quinn Bill, Police Career Incentive Pay Program.