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Dr. William E. Lovekamp, Professor of Sociology

Office: 3151 - Blair
Phone: 581-6217

William Lovekamp's Vita

Dr. Lovekamp is Professor of Sociology with training in the sociology of disasters, collective behavior, social movements, race/ethnicity, and gender studies. He also serves as the Sociology/Anthropology Departmental Honors Coordinator.

Dr. Lovekamp is also the secretary/treasurer of the International Sociological Association's Research Committee on Sociology of Disasters (RC #39) and its flagship publication, The International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters.

Fall 2017 Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 2-2:30; Wednesday 10-12 & 1-2.

Current Syllabi

Frequently Taught Courses

Introduction to Sociology, Sociology Professional Seminar, Research Methods for Collecting Social Data, Social Movements, Social Problems (Honors), Sociology of Popular Culture, Sociology of Disasters, Current Issues in Sociology (Capstone)


Ph.D., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
M.A., Western Illinois University
B.A., Illinois College

Professional Organizations

Alpha Kappa Delta, American Sociological Association, Gender and Disaster Network, Illinois GIS Association, International Sociological Association's Research Committee on Sociology of Disasters (ISA RC39), Midwest Sociological Society, Natural Hazard Mitigation Association, U.S. Gender and Disaster Resilience Alliance, American Red Cross - Coles and Clark Counties, IL Advisory Council and Disaster Action Team.


Dr. Lovekamp's research has focused primarily on disaster preparedness and recovery, and social vulnerability. He has also more recently examined preservation of cemeteries and other historic elements of community as a means of disaster planning. Finally, he has been involved in a research project to research, commemorate and memorialize the 100th anniversary of the May 26, 1917 Mattoon-Charleston (Coles County) Tornado. One product of this work has been a co-produced documentary of the event called "Nature's Fury and the Human Spirit: The Charleston and Mattoon Tornado 26 May, 1917". Another product is an exhibit on display at the Coles County Historical Society Museum at the Illinois Central Railroad Depot (a.k.a. Amtrack Station) in Mattoon.

Dr. Lovekamp has been in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at EIU since 2005.

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Eastern Illinois University
Department of Sociology/Anthropology

Blair 3170
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-3123

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