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Dr. William E. Lovekamp, Professor of Sociology

Office: 3151 - Blair
Phone: 581-6217
Fax: 217-581-7067

William Lovekamp's Vita

Fall 2016 Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 11-12, Wednesday 1-2.

Dr. Lovekamp is Professor of Sociology with training in the sociology of disasters, collective behavior and social movements, race/ethnicity and gender studies, and 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.

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 Research Committee on Disasters - International Sociological Association, 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 often examines disaster preparedness and recovery, social vulnerability, perceptions of risk, and environmental racism. He also works on how GIS applications can be effectively used as a tool for cultural preservation of cemeteries and community disaster preparedness.

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
Fax: (217) 581-7067

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