William Lovekamp

Professor of Sociology

Eastern Illinois University

Bill Lovekamp completed his doctorate in sociology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and he is professor of sociology at Eastern Illinois University. He currently serves as secretary-treasurer of the International Sociological Association research committee on the sociology of disasters (ISA RC39). He is a co-editor of the book "Social Vulnerability to Disasters," (2nd edition), and some of his more recent research has appeared in HazNet, The International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, The Association of Gravestone Studies Quarterly, and Markers and Teaching Sociology. Much of his current research focuses on sociological cemetery studies and preservation in Cades Cove and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, as well as the impact of disasters on cemeteries and communities. His most recent research project has been an effort to research, remember, and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the May 26, 1917 Mattoon-Charleston Tornado in Coles County, Illinois. One product of this work has been a co-produced documentary of the event called Nature's Fury and the Human Spirit: The Charleston and Mattoon Tornado 26 May, 1917.