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Nancy Eberhardt

Professor of Anthropology, Chair of Anthropology and Sociology

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7242

neberhar@​knox.edu

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Meet the Anthropology & Sociology Faculty

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7242

neberhar@knox.edu

"I have always been fascinated with the way culture and social organization affect our personal experience of the world. How do the ideas, social arrangements, and structures of power that we happen to have grown up with affect our sense of who we are and what's important? In my research and writing, I try to examine and render visible the contingent relationships between these factors and their significance for people's everyday lives. These were some of the themes I explored in my book, Imagining the Course of Life, which looks at how people's ideas about human development are connected to cultural constructions of self and personhood."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7216

lbreitbo@knox.edu

"For more than thirty years, I have been studying change in the lives of urban west Africans. Sub-Saharan Africa remains one of the most intense locales for changes in the lifeways and values of people, with some of the highest rates of urbanization in the world, and extensive and complex multilingualism. This research informs my teaching in Cultural Anthropology, especially in courses like "Language and Culture" and "Contemporary Cultures Of Africa."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7415

whope@knox.edu

"I have long been captivated with the presence of sound in people's senses of self, of space, and of place. I am especially interested in the rhythms of everyday life and the rich diversity with which people around the world employ sound to bring bodies to move in sync; be it on the dance floor, to performing religious and civic rituals, to marching in mass political demonstrations. My research in Guantánamo, Cuba, examines the strong relationships between music making, place, and cultural identities. One of the insights of this research is that social and political movements succeed to the extent that they affectively articulate individual and collective perceptions of how the world is and how it might be."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7311

graley@knox.edu

"Overall, I am interested in connecting the big stuff of social life-markets, power, price, beauty, and love-with the smallest moments of everyday meaning-making and interpretation. In my current research, I am pursuing this analytic agenda in the case of commercial art. I analyze how "market" and "art" are worked out in daily practice by the graphic artists I studied, who must make visual products that are artistic (but not too artistic, lest they fail to appeal to the general public) and marketable (but not too marketable, lest the work become derivative and uninspired)."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

tigonzales@knox.edu

"My research centers on the intersection of organizational ecology, urban studies, and community development within the United States. I am particularly interested in how organizational ties between community-based nonprofits, national community development intermediary organizations, and local government officials influence both the types of development that occur and the distribution of resources within low-income neighborhoods of Chicago. As part of my research, I am committed to community-engaged pedagogy and scholarship, and strive towards a practice of reciprocity in research."

Cooperating Faculty from Other Programs

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7321

dbeck@knox.edu

"Places of education should not be places for unchanging dogma or static ways of doing things. What we know about teaching and learning continues to change, as do our ideas of what constitutes a good education for individuals and how that education can further the public "good." This results in a continuing search for that which is best in pedagogy, content knowledge and social action. Translating the results of that search, the ideals, into programs of action, speaks to what I try to do with my students as well as try to encourage them to do in their future classrooms."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7156

doldfiel@knox.edu

"For many years my research has focused on the Christian right. After writing a book on the Christian right and the Republican party, I shifted my focus to the Christian right's global activism. I am currently beginning a very different project: a study of how Midwestern cities are responding to the social and economic challenges posed by globalization."

Lecturers

Tianna Cervantez
Lecturer in Anthropology-Sociology
A.M., University of Chicago, 2008

Wendel Hunigan
Lecturer in Anthropology and Sociology
M.S., Illinois State University, 1971

Emeritus Faculty

David Amor
Instructor Emeritus of Journalism and Anthrpology

Jack Dean Fitzgerald 
Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Jon Wagner
Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

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