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About William Edward Lovekamp

Dr. Lovekamp is Professor of Sociology with training in the sociology of disasters, collective behavior and social movements, race/ethnicity and gender studies, serves as the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminology Honors Coordinator, and serves as faculty affiliate in the Professional Science Master's in Geographic Information Sciences program.

He is also President (2018-2022) of the International Sociological Association's Research Committee on Sociology of Disasters (RC #39) and served as the secretary/treasurer (2012-2018) of the organization and its flagship publication, The International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters.

Dr. Lovekamp's research emphasis is disaster preparedness, recovery, and social vulnerability of diverse human populations. He has also recently published about various aspects of cemeteries and the importance of maintaining and archiving cemeteries as a means of disaster planning. His research has been published in various outlets such as The International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, The Association of Gravestone Studies Quarterly, Markers, Teaching Sociology, Natural Hazards Observer, and The Journal of Criminal Justice Education.


Present GIS Faculty, Eastern Illinois University GIS
Present Professor, Eastern Illinois University Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminology

Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests

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Professional Service and Affiliations

Present Member, Alpha Kappa Delta
Present Member, American Red Cros
Present Member, American Sociological Association
Present Member, Gender and Disaster Network
Present Member, Illinois GIS Association
Present Member, Illinois Sociological Assocation
Present Member, International Sociological Association's Research Committee on Sociology of Disasters (ISA RC39)
Present Member, Midwest Sociological Society
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  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Research Methods
  • Social Problems (Honors)
  • Social Movements, Crowds, and Violence (Senior Seminar)
  • Sociology of Disasters
  • Sociology of Popular Culture
  • Sociology of Social Movements


PhD, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
BA, Illinois College
MA, Western Illinois University

Contact Information

Office: 3151 - Blair Hall
Phone: 2175816217

Fall 2019 Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 12:30-2pm; Wednesday 1-2pm, and by appt.

Articles (17)

Books (2)

Research Works (1)

Contributions to Books (5)