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Department of Sociology Anthropology University of Illinois Springfield

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Full-Time Faculty 

Adjunct Faculty

Associated Faculty

Emeriti Faculty


Full-Time Faculty

FisherLynn E. Fisher Associate Professor of Anthropology 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 Research 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 3032

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 3017


Adjunct Faculty

Jonathan Isler Research Scientist, California Tobacco Control Program Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Davis Interests: work and occupations, gender and work, complex organizations, labor markets, inequality, field research methods Dr. Isler teaches SOA 441 ECCE: Social Stratification. Email:

Elise Lobue PhD. 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:

 Terry Martin Curator of Anthropology, Illinois State Museum Ph.D., Anthropology, Michigan State University Interests: historical archaeology, faunal analysis; Midwest U.S. and Russia Dr. Martin teaches SOA 371 Prehistoric America and SOA 481 North American Indians. Email: Phone: (217) 782-6695

Mohammed Shahidullah State Demographer, Illinois Department of Public Health Ph.D., Sociology, M.A., Public Health Interests: demography, marriage and family, public health, public policy Dr. Shahidullah teaches SOA 435 – ECCE: Polls, Public Opinion, and Public Policy. Email:


Associated Faculty

Heather Dell Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology, Duke University Email: Phone: (217) 206-7937 Office: UHB 3037 Read more on the Women and Gender Studies web page >>

Yona StamatisYona Stamatis Assistant Professor, Ethnomusicology 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 Studies 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 >>


Emeriti Faculty