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Meet the Professors

Wendy Brown
Instructor, Anthropology/Sociology

Teaching full time at CLC since: 1999; additionally she was Interim Dean for the Social Sciences Division at CLC, recipient of a NISOD Teaching Excellence Award (2007-2008), and taught as an adjunct instructor.

Subjects taught at CLC: Introductory anthropology, cultural anthropology, cross-cultural relationships, and introductory sociology.

Other professional experience: Recipient of two Fulbright awards (India and Bolivia/Peru). Research interests: Conflict resolution, peace studies, health, and sustainability.

What inspires me about my field: I’m inspired by its practicality. Principally, when the anthropological lens is used to identify, evaluate, and solve social problems.

Education: B.A., Northern Illinois University; M.A., Temple University; M.S., University of Leicester, England.

Scott Palumbo
Instructor, Anthropology

Specialties:  Archaeology.

Teaching full time at CLC since: 2010; previously, he taught at the University of Pittsburgh and Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota.

Subjects taught at CLC: Archaeology, introductory anthropology, cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, forensic anthropology, archaeological field school (field and lab methods).

Other professional experience: Principal investigator on archaeological projects in Panama, Costa Rica and Illinois; also has archaeological experience in Peru, New England and Florida; edited the 2014 bilingual volume “Multiscalar Approaches to Studying Social Organization and Change and has authored several journal articles and book chapters; some of these are co-authored with his students; periodically runs a volunteer archaeology program in coordination with the Lake County Forest Preserve District.

Education: B.A., University of Connecticut; M.A., University of Florida; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh.

What inspires me about my field: I’m inspired by the ability to pursue fascinating questions while alternating my research between colleges, libraries, museums and the field. Along the way, you get to travel to wonderful places, experience different cultures and meet truly fascinating people.

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Antonia Pitrello
Instructor, Anthropology

Teaching full time at CLC since: 2019; previously, she taught as an adjunct at CLC and other Illinois institutions since 2012.

Subjects taught at CLC: Introductory anthropology, cultural anthropology, and physical anthropology.

Other professional experience: Archaeological experience in Peru; Sicily, Italy; and Illinois. Master’s research used chemical analysis of pottery to examine exchange systems of indigenous people of Iron Age, Sicily. Research interests: Culture change, exchange systems, family, and health.

What inspires me about my field and teaching: I am inspired by the types of opportunities studying anthropology offers to learners. The discipline connects many interests, and I enjoy discussing how anthropology is applied beyond the classroom. As an instructor, I seek to use my field experiences and research interests to foster current, meaningful, and engaging discussions with students.

Education: B.A., University of Illinois at Chicago; M.A., Northern Illinois University.