Serena Cosgrove, PhD

Serena Cosgrove, PhD

PhD in Sociology; Northeastern University
MA in Social Anthropology; Northeastern University
BA in Humanities; Seattle University

Associate Professor, International Studies
Faculty Coordinator, Central America Initiative

Phone: 206.296.2836

Building/Room: Casey 310-07



Serena Cosgrove, associate professor, has been teaching in the Matteo Ricci College since 2010. She has a B.A. from Seattle University, a M.A. in social anthropology from Northeastern University, and a Ph.D. in sociology also from Northeastern University. Classes she teaches include "Global Poverty," "Gender and Development," "Women and Leadership in Latin America," and "Leadership in Organizations."

Professor Cosgrove is an anthropologist and sociologist; she is interested in how members of marginalized groups develop leadership skills and influence their societies. Her current research focuses on the resistance and resilience of indigenous communities in Central America and the gendered effects of conflict in Guatemala and Democratic Republic of the Congo. Professor Cosgrove travels frequently to carry out research and then includes it in her classes. Her most recent publication is Understanding Global Poverty: Causes, Capabilities, and Human Development (Routledge 2018) which she co-authored with Dr. Ben Curtis.