Dr. Beck is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Faculty Director of the Stevenson Center. He works in the area of community economic development, local policy, persistent poverty, and the relationship between schools and the economic health of communities. Regarding the latter, Dr. Beck is currently researching the causes and consequences of school closure and consolidation. He is also interested in the way that unemployment varies across space. Dr. Beck regularly teaches the Seminar in Community Development and the graduate statistics course in Sociology.
Ms. Beyer serves as Stevenson Center Associate Director. A certified Professional Community and Economic Developer, she coordinates the Peace Corps Fellows Program, Applied Community and Economic Development Fellows Program, and Peace Corps Master’s International Program. Ms. Beyer is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Bulgaria) and has served with AmeriCorps and non-profit organizations. She is currently on the Board of Mid Central Community Action, and she volunteers with the local AmeriCorps Alums chapter and the Ecology Action Center.
Dawn DuBois joined us in December 2013 as our new Staff Clerk. She serves as receptionist, bill payer, budget keeper, and completes various other administrative duties. Dawn graduated from Illinois State University in 1979 with a degree in Art. She moved on to work for a not-for-profit educational association in Chicago, and also worked at State Farm. Prior to coming to Stevenson Center, Dawn worked as the owner/interior decorator of DuBois Design.
James Porter is the Stevenson Center Program Coordinator. He works closely with Associate Director Beyer in coordinating the Peace Corps Fellows Program, Applied Community and Economic Development Fellows Program, and Peace Corps Master’s International Program. James also is involved in the recruitment and advisement of the Center’s students, as well as reaching out to potential community partners for hosting our Fellows. He is an alumnus of the Stevenson Center Peace Corps Master’s International Program, having served with Peace Corps in Micronesia, and also has spent time as an AmeriCorps Volunteer and worked with the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission for Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties in West Central Illinois.
Dr. Aideyan is Assistant Professor of Politics and Government whose research and teaching interests include comparative & African politics, international development, and poverty. He has written articles and book reviews for peer reviewed journals, including most recently “The Social-Institutional Explanation of Success in Small-Scale Financial Programs” in the Journal of Poverty and Public Policy.
Dr. Brehm is a Professor of Sociology. In July 2011, Dr. Brehm began as Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Her areas of specialization are natural resources/environment, community, and demography. Her research interests center around how communities function and what factors influence their various relationships and attitudes towards 'nature' and what those attitudes mean for both sustainable land management and broader community well-being. One avenue of investigation has focused on an examination of the role of natural environment amenities in community attachment and their relationship to community well-being in rural areas in the Intermountain West. More recently, she has focused her scholarship on research that examines the role of values, attitudes, and place attachment in the development of sustainable, watershed-scale stewardship of water quality and natural resources at the community level. Dr. Brehm teaches People in Places: Understanding and Developing Community, Introduction to Social Research Methods, Society and Environment, and Applied Community Project Design and Management.
Dr. Burr is an Assistant Professor of Sociology. His area of expertise includes economic, cultural, and organizational sociology; the sociology of consumption; and historical sociology, with a special interest in world history and long-term globalization. His research interests include the historical analysis of consumer markets. His current main project is on the national bicycle markets of France and the United States around the turn of the twentieth century. He has also started a research project on industry-wide institutions, including trade shows, professional associations, and the trade press. He has taught Global Development and Economic Change numerous times, and welcomes interdisciplinary collaboration with Stevenson students on macrosocial factors in development.
Dr. Cleeton is Professor of Economics and Department Chair with areas of expertise in financial economics and European economic integration. His research appears in the American Economic Review, Public Finance Quarterly, Quarterly Review of Economics and Business, Health Care Financing Review, and Southern Economic Journal. He is coauthor (with Nobel Laureate Robert C. Merton and Zvi Bodie) of the textbook Financial Economics. Professor Cleeton joins Illinois State University having served as Economics Department Chair at Oberlin College, Dean of Social Sciences and Business at Christopher Newport University, and in a recent visiting faculty position with Ohio State University. He was selected as a Fulbright Chair of EU-US Relations at the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium) and recognized as a Fellow of the Euro Area Business Cycle Network affiliated with the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London.
Dr. Cox is Associate Professor of Politics and Government. She has taught a wide variety of courses such as international relations, international law, European politics, public administration, peace studies, and empirical research methods. Her publications to date are on topics in human rights, social capital, corruption, e-government, peace building, and visual culture. Dr. Cox has received a number of external and internal research grants, including cross-disciplinary awards that supported her work with colleagues in the Economics and the Criminal Justice departments. She especially appreciates interdisciplinary teaching and research opportunities. Besides traveling for cultural experiences and adventure, such as in Egypt, Peru, Bolivia and Spain, she is engaged in international academic pursuits. For instance, she served as a human rights delegate to China (2006) and presented papers and/or conducted research in India (2011), Italy (2013), and Romania (2014).
Oz Dincer is an Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Economics. His research interests are in Economic Growth and Development as well as Public Economics with particular focus on causes and consequences of institutions. His published work appears in Public Choice, International Tax and Public Finance and Applied Economics. His teaching experience includes Macroeconomics, Public Economics, Econometrics, and International Economics. He joined Illinois State University following three years with Massey University in New Zealand.
Dr. Hunt is Professor Emeritus of Political Science. He has written extensively in the area of political participation and development, focused on the role of the "civil society" in development in Asia and Africa. He has consulted with the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the United Nations throughout the world, particularly on issues associated with community economic development. In 1994, Dr. Hunt launched Illinois State University's Peace Corps Fellows Program, the first in the nation in community and economic development (joint with Western Illinois University).
Dr. Mohammadi is a Professor of Economics and Director of the Economics Graduate Program. He joined Illinois State University in 1988 after receiving his PhD from Washington State University. His areas of specialty include macroeconomics, economics of financial markets and intermediaries, and applied econometrics. His research on business cycles, fiscal and monetary policies, and energy markets have appeared in Southern Economic Journal, Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Economic Letters, Journal of Economic Studies, various issues of Energy Economics and a number of other academic outlets. He teaches graduate courses in econometrics and time-series forecasting, as well as undergraduate courses in macroeconomics and principles of economics. He is on the editorial board of the Energy Economics. He has done collaborative work with the United Nations and the US Department of Agriculture. He has served on several departmental and campus-wide committees including the DFSC, Faculty Ethics and Grievances Committee, College Council and the Academic Senate.
Dr. Malone has been Chairperson of the Department of Geography-Geology since 2000. His major fields of interest are Structural Geology, Stratigraphy, Geologic Mapping, Ore Deposits, and Field Geology. He has authored dozens of research articles, field guides, and geologic maps. He is a strong advocate for geologic mapping, and the publication of geologic maps, which are fundamental infrastructure that is needed for resource development issues.
Dr. Ohler is an Assistant Professor of Economics whose research and teaching interests include Natural Resource and Environmental Economics, Public Policy, and Econometrics. Professor Ohler presented her work on renewable energy sources before the Midwest Economics Association and has published in Contemporary Economic Policy, Land Economics, Electricity Journal, and William & Mary Environmental Law & Policy Review.
Dr. Pitluck is an Associate Professor of Sociology. From Fall 2011 to Fall 2013 he is on leave to hold a fellowship with the Political Economy Research Group at Central European University (Budapest). His areas of expertise include global development, economic sociology, globalization, and finance. His non-U.S. geographical areas of expertise are Southeast Asia, Asia-Pacific, and Europe. His primary research project is a multi-year study of Islamic finance in Malaysia to better understand the possibilities and constraints facing radical reform of global financial markets. A second research stream focuses on professional investors’ behavior in global financial markets. For example, he’s researched how illiquidity influences investors’ behavior in emerging markets, and why foreigners herd and locals act as their counterparties. By studying such social forces on professional investors, Dr. Pitluck is interested in policy-making to shape fund managers' behavior in ways constructive to development. Most years, he teaches Economic Sociology in the Fall and Global Development & Economic Change in the Spring. Dr. Pitluck welcomes research assistance or collaboration with Stevenson students.
Dr. Riaz is Professor and Chair of the Department of Politics and Government. In 2012, he is designated University Professor, a companion honor to Distinguished Professor. His areas of interest include: South Asian politics, community development, religion and politics, and political communication. His articles appeared in scholarly journals such as Asian Survey, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars, and Asian Profile. Dr. Riaz has authored numerous books in English and Bengali. His recent publications include Inconvenient Truths about Bangladeshi Politics (Prothoma, 2012), Religion and Politics in South Asia (Routledge, 2010), Faithful Education: Madrassahs in South Asia (Rutgers University Press, 2008), Islamist Militancy in Bangladesh: A Complex Web (Routledge, 2008). His previous publications are State, Class and Military Rule: Political Economy of Martial Law in Bangladesh (1994), God Willing: The Politics of Islamism in Bangladesh (Rowman and Littlefield, 2004), and Unfolding State: The Transformation of Bangladesh (de Sitters Publications, 2005). Dr. Riaz has received numerous awards including Dean's Award for Outstanding Scholarship in 2004, Outstanding College Researcher in 2005, and Pi Sigma Alpha Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006.
Dr. Shapiro is an Associate Professor of Political Science and serves as Graduate Advisor for the Department of Politics And Government. His work focuses on somatic and aesthetic dimensions of sovereignty and citizenship. He is the author of Sovereign Nations, Carnal States (Cornell University Press, 2003) and Carl Schmitt and the Intensification of Politics (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008) along with various articles and reviews.
Dr. Skibo is a Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. His areas of specialization include ceramic analysis, archaeological theory, and the prehistory of the Southwestern and Midwestern United States. He has done research in the Philippines as well as excavation projects in Arizona, New Mexico, and he is currently director of the Grand Island Archaeological Project in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Dr. Skibo is also the co-editor of The Journal of Archaeological Method of Theory and he has authored or edited over 10 books and dozens of journal articles.
Dr. Wang is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Politics and Government. He currently serves as the co-editor of the Journal of Asian and African Studies and was the Coordinator of the Conference Group of Taiwan Studies (CGOTS) of the American Political Science Association. Professor Wang’s current research focuses on Taiwanese national identity, cross-Strait relations, Chinese politics, electoral studies, US policy towards China and Taiwan and research methodology. He has authored, co-authored or edited 6 books/special issues and published more than 30 articles/book chapters in such scholarly journals as the American Political Science Review, Asian Survey, International Studies Quarterly, Issues and Studies, Journal of Peace Research, Political Research Quarterly and Social Science Quarterly. Dr. Wang has received research grants from a variety of foundations, including the National Science Foundation, the Pacific Cultural Foundation and the World Society Foundation. He has been frequently invited to conduct workshops and present papers in China, Germany, Japan, and Taiwan. Dr. Wang is on the International Advisory Board, Election Study Center, National Chengchi University, Taiwan, and the Editorial Board of the Taiwanese Political Science Review and of the Issues and Studies.
Dr. Wortham, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Tanzania III, 1963-1965), is an Associate Professor of Sociology. Her scholarship interests are the sociology of culture, the history of social thought, social stratification, and American political culture. She has been a John M. Olin Foundation Faculty Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and a Visiting Scholar at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Dr. Wortham is the author of The Other Side of Racism: A Philosophical Study of Black Race Consciousness (1981), and numerous articles on civil rights policy, American identity and the melting pot ideal, and ethical individualism in American culture. Her two-hour conversation with Bill Moyers for his 1989 PBS documentary series, "A World of Ideas," is widely distributed as a video recording and published in his book, A World of Ideas. Her current research focuses on Booker T. Washington as a cultural carrier of the nineteenth-century success ethic. She is also developing an anthology of her essays on individualism.