Community Research and Learning Network (CoRAL)
Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

Dr. Sam Marullo
Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Georgetown University


Sam Marullo, Ph.D., is an associate professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Georgetown University. He is the Director of Research at the Center for Social Justice at Georgetown University and the Board Chair and founder of the Washington D.C. Community Research and Learning (CoRAL) Network. The CoRAL Network is a consortium of eight Washington-area universities and colleges and fifteen community-based organizations (CBOs) which have been involved in collaborative, community-based research to address the social change needs of the CBOs. His research is in the areas of community development and community organizing, social movements, and youth violence prevention. He is co-author of Community-Based Research and Higher Education: Principles and Practices (Jossey-Bass, 2003). He has published a number of articles on service-learning and the civic engagement of higher education in academic journals.

Marullo has been teaching community-based learning and research courses in Washington D.C. for the last 14 years, particularly courses in Social Movements, The Contemporary City, Community Conflict Resolution, Race and Ethnic Relations, Intro to Justice and Peace Studies, Project D.C., and the Community Involvement Seminar. His participatory research work in the community focuses on urban economic (re)development and its effects on local communities—particularly displacement and housing affordability. He has been working on a collaborative action research project with Project South and Stand Tall in Community Struggle, two community-based organizations working with low-income residents of a community who are organizing to prevent displacement.

Project D.C.: Community-Based Research Internship [word document]

Project D.C. Course Poster

Columbia Heights Action Research Project
Washington D.C.
[word document]

Columbia Heights Action Research Project Final Report [word document]

Community in Change: Gentrification and Displacement in Columbia Heights (website created by students who participated in the Columbia Heights Community Action Research Project)