Matthew E. Archibald

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Office: Diamond 203 [ campus map ]
Box 8800

Phone: 207-859-4714
Fax: 207-859-5369
Mailing Address:
8800 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8888


Ph.D., Sociology. Department of Sociology, University of Washington (2002) B.A., Philosophy. Department of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts (1983)

Areas of Expertise

  • Medical Sociology
  • Sociology of Organizations
  • Social Movements

Professional Information

Matthew Archibald joined the Department of Sociology at Colby College in 2010. He taught previously at Emory University and Bates College. Archibald works in medical sociology. He is the author of The Evolution of Self-Help (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) Archibald's articles have been published in Social Science and Medicine, Sociological Forum, Vaccine and other leading journals. Archibald studies the delivery of healthcare in the field of behavioral health. One set of studies centers on informal delivery mechanisms provided by self-help support groups Another set of projects highlights formal healthcare provision by examining the distribution of health resources as well as access to those health resources. A third project investigates institutional routines of hospital psychiatric units.


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