Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology
M.A., West Virginia University
B.A., Illinois Wesleyan 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.
Professor of Anthropology & Sociology
Ph.D., North Carolina State University
M.S.R.S., North Carolina State University
B.A., Alderson-Broaddus College
Phone: 815-394-5212
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.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology
Ph.D. Applied Anthropology - University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
M.A. Practical Anthropology - Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
B.A. Sociology/Anthropology -William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ
Phone: 815-226-4091
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.


Anthropology and Sociology

5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
Fax: 815-394-5171
Lynn Newhart, Ph.D.