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 Allen
Associate Professor, Department Chair
LR 339
(815) 836-5799

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

Professor Allen specializes in gender and social class, popular culture and multicultural studies. An urban ethnographer, Professor Allen provides a valuable connection between students and the social community. She is preparing to publish her research on women's social networks in Chicago neighborhoods.  

Dr. Thomas Brignall, III
Associate Professor
LR 342
(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 Buntin
Assistant Professor
(815) 588-7087

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

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.