Meet the Faculty

Full-Time Faculty 

Associated and Adjunct Faculty

Emeriti Faculty


Full-Time Faculty 

Lynn E. Fisher Associate Professor of AnthropologyProfessor Lynn Fisher

Ph.D. University of Michigan

Interests: archaeology, human evolution, ecological anthropology, prehistory of Europe, late hunter-gatherers and early farmers in Central Europe, prehistoric technology, hunting and gathering societies.

Email: Phone: 217 206-7938 Office: UHB 3042

Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology Sharon GrafSharon Graf Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology

Ph.D. Michigan State University

Interests: American folk and ethnic music, festival theory, music and identity, tourism

Email: Phone: 217 206-6570 Office: UHB 3040


Shoon Lio at MLK statueShoon Lio Assistant Professor of Sociology

Ph.D. University of California, Riverside

Interests: social theory, race, class, gender and national identity, citizenship, political sociology, collective memory, social constructionism, and social psychology

Email: Phone: 217 206-8414 Office: UHB 3044


Manthei 2012Jennifer Manthei (Chair) Associate Professor of Anthropology

Ph.D. University of Arizona

Interests: cultural and medical anthropology; race, class, gender, adolescence, and Brazilian studies

Email: Phone: 217 206-7584 Office: UHB 3044


Tiffani SaundersSaunders 2011 Instructor of Sociology and African American Studies

M.A. Indiana University Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, Indiana University

Interests: sociology of family, mental health and illness, law/courts, and teaching and learning

Email: Phone: 217 206-8335 Office: UHB 3019

Assistant Professor Hinda Seif (SOA/WMS)Hinda Seif Associate Professor of Sociology/Anthropology and Women & Gender Studies

M.A. in Women’s Studies, University of Arizona Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology, University of California, Davis

Interests: Mexican migration and the US-Mexico border; interactions of gender, race/ethnicity, class, sexuality, and nation; critical policy studies; law and society; human rights and citizenship; labor and work; Latino Studies; qualitative research methods.

Email: Phone: 217 206-8413 Office: UHB 3034


Associated Faculty and Adjunct Faculty

Heather Dell
Associate Professor, Women and Gender StudiesDellHeather

Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology, Duke University

Email: Phone: (217) 206-7937 Office: UHB 3037

Read more on the Women and Gender Studies web page >>


Anne-Marie Hanson,Anne-Marie Hanson Lecture - March 27, 2014 - Photo by John Atashian

Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies

Ph.D. Geography, University of Arizona

Email: Phone: (217) 206-7805  Office: PAC 312


Yona Stamatis,

Assistant Professor, EthnomusicologyYona Stamatis

Ph.D. Ethnomusicology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Email: Phone: (217) 206-8583 Office: VPA 47

Read more on the UIS Music web page >>


Megan Styles

Assistant Professor, Environmental StudiesDr. Megan Styles

Ph.D. Environmental Anthropology, University of Washington

Email: Phone: (217) 206-8580  Office: PAC 308


Ryan Williams Associate Professor, Criminal Justice

Ph.D., Crime, Law, and Justice, Department of Sociology, Penn State University

Email: Phone: (217) 206-7708 Office: PAC 380
Read more on the Criminal Justice Department web page >>


Elise Lobue PhD. Adjunct Faculty member,

Ph.D. Women Studies with concentration in Feminist Anthropology, University of Iowa

Interests: Gender and postsocialist transitions, women’s activism in Central Asia and the former Soviet Union, gender and development in Central Asia and the former Soviet Union, transnational feminism in the post socialist region. Dr. Lobue teaches SOA 312 ECCE: Perspectives on Poverty Email:



Emeriti Faculty