Department chair: Tori Barnes-Brus | Contact info


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    Tori Barnes-Brus

    Associate Professor of Sociology

    Teaches courses on inequality, deviance and social control, reproduction, media, and research methods. Her courses demonstrate a dedication to social justice and civic engagement; many involve field trips (to local homeless shelters or medical centers) or incorporate public sociology projects such as student-made public service announcements. She works closely with students on their research, sponsoring numerous student research presentations at Student Symposium, the Iowa Sociological Association meetings, and the Midwest Sociological Society meeting. Her current research uses the Lydia E. Pinkham Company as a case study for analyzing the cultural construction and commercialization of womanhood, reproduction, and women's health. Ph.D., University of Kansas, M.A., University of Kansas at Lawrence; B.A., Cornell College

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    Erin Davis

    Associate Professor of Sociology

    Explores cultural diversity & social inequalities, focusing on gender, sexualities, bodies, and identities in both her research and in her courses. Many courses include guest speakers (such as a spoken word poet/performing artist; health care policy analyst, or director of a LGBTQA Resource Center), involve field trips or off-campus travel, and/or incorporate public sociology projects. Her courses are often collaborative: Intro Sociology students work with geology students to research the life cycle of a consumer object, and Sociology of the Body students and Human Anatomy students participate in field trips to the Rare Books Room at UI and to the Body Worlds exhibit in Minneapolis to explore different perspectives on the body. Professor Davis also works closely with students on their research, sponsoring student research presentations at the Iowa Sociological Association meetings, and the Midwest Sociological Society meeting. Ph.D. and M.A., University of Virginia; B.A., New College

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    Mary B. Olson

    Professor of Sociology

    Teaches courses in sociology that address social inequality and social change. Many of her courses include analysis of social issues through film. Her courses include American Indians: Culture, Activism, and Social Justice; Race and Ethnic Relations; The African American Civil Rights Movement Through Film; and Religion, Spirituality, and Community. Her courses contribute to the ethnic studies and women's studies programs, and her research on fishing rights in the Pacific Northwest contributes to the environmental studies program. Ph.D. and M.S., University of Wisconsin; B.A., University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

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    Misha Quill

    Assistant Professor of Anthropology

    Teaches courses in justice, gender, human rights, medical anthropology, religious practice, and research methods. Her courses, which focus on the social world, often include trips off campus as well as guest speakers. Professor Quill is planning off-campus opportunities for students in India, Cuba, Ireland, Mexico, and the Bahamas. Her courses contribute to the ethnic studies and gender, sexuality, and women's studies programs. Ph.D. and M.A., University of Iowa; B.A., College of St. Catherine.

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  • John Doershuk

    Lecturer in Anthropology

    Has taught various courses in anthropology over the years, including Introduction to Archaeological Field Methods; Human Origins; and Indigenous Peoples and Cultures of North America. He has served as the Iowa State Archaeologist since 2007. Ph.D. and M.S., Northwestern University; B.A., Carleton College

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    Judith Siebert

    Lecturer in Anthropology and Latin American Studies

    Teaches courses in anthropology that include The Maya; Cultural Anthropology; Language, Culture, and Community; and History of Ethnological Theory

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Additional instructors

  • Dr. Alfrieta Monagan (emerita), Independent Study Instructor  

Emeriti faculty

  • Christopher Carlson

    Professor Emeritus of Sociology

    B.A., University of California at Davis; M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago; Ph.D., University of Oregon.

  • Alfrieta Monagan

    Professor Emerita of Anthropology

    Ph.D. and M.A., Princeton University; A.B., George Washington University.

  • Richard Peterson

    Professor Emeritus of Sociology

    A.A., Austin State Junior College; B.A., Mankato State College; M.A., Ph.D., The University of Iowa.