Sociology, B.A.


Sociology faculty members bring versatile academic backgrounds and plentiful professional experience to the classroom. With dedication to teaching and passion for the subject, professors guide students through hands-on learning and academic coursework.  

Dr. Tennille Nicole Allen
Professor, Department Chair
(815) 836-5799

2009 Ph.D. Northwestern University
2001 M.A. Northwestern University

Tennille Nicole Allen, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of Sociology at Lewis University. She is also the director of both African American and Ethnic and Cultural Studies. Her primary teaching and research interests are in the intersections of race, class, gender, identity, and place. She is the author of works on social networks, food inequities, the sociological contributions of Zora Neale Hurston, as well as African American intimate relationships, and African American cultural and creative practices. Her current research centers African American girls and women living in Joliet and Chicago as they understand and create resilient and resistive practices in their lives. She also engages and teaches experiential learning courses in community-based participatory research in communities in Joliet and Chicago.  

Dr. Thomas Brignall, III
Associate Professor
(815) 836-5371

2001 Ph.D Western Michigan University

Dr. Brignall specializes in the sociology of social change, multicultural studies and technology in society. Dr. Brignall is the author of two forthcoming books about the Internet's impact on society. He enjoys helping students develop, present and publish their research.

Dr. Jennifer Tello Buntin
Assistant Professor
(815) 588-7087

2010 Ph.D., University of Chicago
2001 M.A. University of Chicago
1996 B.A., University of Oklahoma

Jennifer Tello Buntin is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Director of the Latin American and Latina/o Studies program at Lewis University. Her research and teaching interests focus on the Latinx experience in the U.S., international migration, social inequality and the intersectionality of race, class and gender. Before starting her position at Lewis University, she was a visiting assistant professor at the Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University and held teaching positions at North Central College and the University of Illinois-Chicago. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago in 2010.

Dr. Gail Gehrig
Professor Emeritus
LR 338
(815) 836-5320

1980 Ph.D., Loyola University
1969 M.A., University of Missouri
1968 B.A., University of Missouri

Dr. Gehrig specializes in criminology and multicultural studies. An advocate of engaged sociology, she encourages students to apply sociology to solve social problems. Dr. Gehrig has published articles on cultural diversity, and is currently conducting research on engaged service learning.