Michael Donnelly

Professor of Sociology

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Sociology

Academic Expertise: Sociology

Area of Specialization: social theory; historical sociology; history of the social sciences


A.B., Harvard College; Ph.D., Birkbeck College, University of London. Member, School of Social Science, The Institute for Advanced Study (1990–91). Research grants: National Library of Medicine (National Institutes of Health) and American Council of Learned Societies. Author of Managing the Mind: A Study of Medical Psychology in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain (1983), The Politics of Mental Health in Italy (1992), and book chapters, articles, and reviews in History of the Human Sciences, Economy and Society, Contemporary Sociology, American Journal of Sociology, and others. Coeditor, Corporal Punishment of Children in Theoretical Perspective (2005). At Bard since 1999.


  • Research Interests: mental health policy; early social statistics
  • Teaching Interests: social theory; social policy; sociology of medicine; deviance and social control; punishment


Phone: 845-758-7218
E-mail: donnelly@bard.edu