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Meet the Anthropology and Sociology Faculty

Faculty in anthropology and sociology and their interests are shown below. Contact individual faculty members via their linked profile pages.

Nancy Eberhardt Nancy Eberhardt, Chair
Professor of Anthropology
Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1984
"I have always been fascinated with the relation between culture and mind, with how the particular cultural notions that we happen to have grown up with affect our cognitive processes more generally."

Lawrence BreitbordeLawrence Breitborde
Professor of Anthropology
Ph.D., University of Rochester, 1978
"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."
Jon Wagner Jon Wagner
Professor of Anthropology
Ph.D., Indiana University, 1975
"My present research interests converge on how we as a culture envision the development of social cooperation, from its beginnings in human evlution to the utopian experiments of the present and our pop-culture fantasies of the future."
William HopeWilliam Hope
Assistant Professor of Anthropology-Sociology
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009
Gabrielle RaleyGabrielle Raley
Assistant Professor of Anthropology-Sociology
Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles, 2010
"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."

Distinguished Research Affiliates in Anthropology
James L. Watson

Social anthropology, migration and diasporas, food systems, China
Rubie S. Watson
Family and kinship, gender, history and anthropology, China

Cooperating Faculty from Other Programs

Diana BeckDiana Beck
Professor of Educational Studies
Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1997
"Working with two Navajo teachers on a fry bread research project and presenting it with them at the Navajo Studies National Conference was a very proud moment for them and their school-and for me."
Sarah Day-O'ConnellSarah Day-O'Connell
Associate Professor of Music
Ph.D., Cornell University, 2004
"I am writing a book on the English Canzonetta, a genre of song popular in the late 18th century.
Frederick L. HordFredrick L. Hord
Professor of Black Studies
Ph.D., Union Graduate School, 1987
"My most immediate projects are in the areas of Black Studies theory, African American literary criticism, Black psychology traditions, and the status of Blacks in Latin America."
Duane Oldfield Duane Oldfield
Associate Professor of Political Science
Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley, 1992
"I am currently working on a book to be titled Confronting the New World Order: Labor, the Christian Right, and the Politics of 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

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