Anthropology and Sociology Faculty

Lynn Newhart, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology/Sociology
Chair, Department of Anthropology/Sociology
B.A., Alderson-Broaddus College
M.S.R.S., North Carolina State University
Ph.D., North Carolina State University

Phone: 815-394-5212
Fax: 815-394-5171

Dr. Newhart graduated with a Ph.D. in sociology from North Carolina State University. Areas of interest include criminology, corrections, juvenile delinquency, terrorism and research methods. Dr. Newhart serves as coordinator of the criminal justice track in the department. 


 Roger M. Villamar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Anthropology/Sociology
Department of Anthropology/Sociology
B.A., William Paterson University
M.A., Montclair State University
Ph.D., University of South Florida

Phone: 815-226-4091
Fax: 815-394-5171

Dr. Villamar graduated with a Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology from the University of South Florida. His areas of interest include indigenous Amazonia, identity studies, New Literacy Studies, participatory methodologies using contemporary media and technology, and visual anthropology. Dr. Villamar will serve as coordinator of the currently under-development anthropology track in the department.


Colleen M. Kennedy, M.A.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology/Sociology
B.A., Illinois Wesleyan University
M.A., West Virginia University

Phone: 815-226-4115
Fax: 815-394-5171

Professor Kennedy graduated with a M.A. in behavior analysis psychology from West Virginia University, and has completed 45 credit hours in graduate work in sociology at Loyola University. Recently Professor Kenney has been accepted into the PhD in Public Policy and Administration – Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace program at Walden University where she will be starting her studies in November 2016. Areas of interest include: ethno-religious political violence, in particular the Northern Ireland conflict, terrorism, peace and conflict studies, military sociology, extreme deviance, race and ethnicity, gender, substance use, and social stratification. Professor Kennedy serves as the coordinator of the pre-social work track in the department and as the coordinator of the academic minor in Peace and Conflict Studies.


Jeremy VannJeremy Vann, M.P.H.

Adjunct Professor
Department of Anthropology/Sociology
B.A., Luther College
M.P.H., University of Illinois - Chicago

Phone: 815-394-5164
Fax: 815-394-5171

Professor Vann spent two years in Jordan serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer prior to earning his master's degree. Professor Vann serves as head coach of Rockford University's men's soccer program and as assistant coach of Rockford University's women's soccer program.


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Christina Warden, M.S.W., LCSW

Adjunct Professor
Department of Anthropology/Sociology

B.A., Rockford University
M.S.W., University of Illinois

Fax: 815-394-5171

Professor Warden earned her B.S. in Anthropology and Sociology from Rockford College, and her M.S.W. from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. Prior to counseling individuals, couples, and families, Professor Warden worked in the Rockford community for over 12 years assisting individuals and families in crisis, victims of domestic violence, victims of rape/sexual assault, and youth-at-risk. Professor Warden was a counselor for faculty, staff and students for over three years at Rockford University, where she also worked with campus support groups, campus workshops, and outreach on various student issues.

Professor Warden worked nearly 6 years with hospice patients and families as a bereavement coordinator and social worker. Professor Warden is a Doctoral candidate (ABD) in Social Work at Aurora University in Aurora, IL and she is an adjunct professor teaching both Bachelor's and Master's level coursework. Professor Warden identifies most with cognitive/behavioral therapy traditionally, but operates from several modalities - working with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, PTSD, and more. She is a LCSW in both Illinois and Wisconsin.


Thomas McIntyre, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of Anthropology/ Sociology
B.A., Pennsylvania State University
M.A., University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh


Dr. McIntyre graduated with a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh. Areas of interest include: sociological theory, sociology of community, military sociology, and peace and conflict studies.