Sociology & Anthropology

Heather McIlvaine-Newsad

Ph.D., University of Florida, 2000
Professor of Anthropology

Contact Info


  • ANTH 110 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 249 Native North American Cultures
  • ANTH 305 Applied Anthropological Methods
  • ANTH/WS 315 Gender & Anthropology
  • ANTH/WS 395 Gender, Race & the Environment
  • ANTH 420 Cultural Feast: The Anthropology of Food
  • ANTH 425 Culture and Catastrophe: The Anthropology of Disaster

Study Abroad

Dr. McIlvaine-Newsad also leads short-term study abroad courses to Germany, India and Puerto Rico. Learn More >>>

Areas of Specialization

Gender and the Environment, Disaster Research, Local Food Systems, Applied Methods, Germany, India, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Cannabis Studies


2013 T. Sadler, H. McIlvaine-Newsad, and B. Knox (eds).  Local Food Networks and Activism in the  H   eartland. Common Ground Publishers, Champaign, IL

2009 S. Martinelli-Fermandez, L. Baker-Sperry, and H. McIlvaine-Newsad (eds).  Interdisciplinary Views on Abortion: Essays from Philosophical, Sociological, Anthropological, Political, Health and Other Perspective.   McFarland and Company, Inc., Jefferson, NC.

Journal Articles

  • 2019 McIlvaine-Newsad, H., Porter, R., & Delany-Barmann, G. Change the game, not the rules: The role of community gardens in disaster resilience. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration. doi: 10.18666/JPRA-2019-9721.
  • 2015 D.G. Casagrande, H. McIlvaine-Newsad, and E. C. Jones. Social Networks of Help-Seeking in Different Types of Disaster Responses to the 2008 Mississippi River Floods. Human Organization: Winter 2015, Vol. 74, No. 4, pp. 351-361.

  • 2014 R. Porter and H. McIlvaine-Newsad. “Gardening in greenspace for environmental justice: food security, leisure, and social capital.”  Leisure/Loisir, DOI   1-17.

  • 2013 H. McIlvaine-Newsad and R. Porter “How Does Your Garden Grow? Environmental Justice Aspects of Community Gardens.”  Ecological Anthropology  1   6(1) 6-75.

Selected Grants, Awards, and Contracts


United States Department of Education (USDE)

  • Title VI Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL).

“Communities as Agents of Change: Language and Area Studies for a Sustainable Future.” Delany-Barmann, G., Bidegaray, P., & McIlvaine-Newsad. ($407,463),October 1, 2016-September 30, 2020.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

  • “Collaborative Research: Geospatial Modeling for Pro-Active Flood Mitigation in the Rural Midwest” Nicholas Pinter, Elizabeth Ellison (SIU), David Casagrande (Lehigh University), Heather McIlvaine-Newsad, and Dennis Knobloch. ($295,291), October 1, 2012-September 30, 2016.

  • REU Supplement for the project entitled, "Resiliency of Agricultural Communities After the 2008 Mississippi Floods." Heather McIlvaine-Newsad and David G. Casagrande. ($3,944), January 15, 2009-June 30, 2010.

  • "SGER: Resiliency of Agricultural Communities after the 2008 Mississippi Floods." Heather McIlvaine-Newsad and David G. Casagrande. ($19,699), January 15-December 15, 2009.


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries

  • “Hackberry and Cameron, LA Recovery after Hurricane Rita”. ($13,500), January, July-August 2008.

  • “Hurricanes, Imports and the Expanding Deadzone: Coastal Fishing Communities in 2007”. ($12,500), July-October, 2007.

  • “Recovering from the Storms: Coastal Fishing Communities Post-Katrina and Rita”. ($12,500), July-September 2006.

  • “Socio-economic and Cultural Impacts of the Decline of the Shrimping Industry in South Texas”. ($5,000), August 2005. 

  • “Livelihood Strategies of Fishers and Shrimpers on Grand Isle, Louisiana.” ($2,500), August 2004.

Organizational Memberships/Affiliations

Society for Applied Anthropologist (Fellow), National Women’s Studies Association, International Farming Systems Association

Dr. McIlvaine-Newsad joined the Department in 2000.