Judi Kessler

Professor, Sociology and Anthropology

Rm 4 Wallace Hall 309-457-2165


Prior to entering a doctoral program in sociology, I was a registered nurse; an advance person for a California state assembly person and for the governor of California; and a public relations agent for international musicians. I also worked with a non-governmental organization in Nicaragua.

I chose sociology as a discipline because it made the most sense to me.


Immigration and settlement

Political economy and globalization



Ph.D. – University of California, Santa Barbara, 1999

M.A. – University of California, Santa Barbara, 1995

B.A. – California State University, Los Angeles, 1993

A.S. – SUNY Albany