Sociology & Anthropology

Tawnya J. Adkins Covert, Interim Department Chairperson

Tawnya Adkins Covert Ph.D., Purdue University, 2001
Professor of Sociology

Contact Info

Office: Morgan Hall 404
Phone: (309) 298-1056
Email: Dr. Adkins Covert


  • Soc 323 Research Methods I
  • Soc 324 Research Methods II
  • Soc 360 Gender and Society
  • Soc 370 The American Family
  • Soc 415 Social Stratification
  • Soc 462G Political Sociology
  • Soc 470 Sociology of Popular Culture
  • Soc 535 Qualitative Research Methods
  • Soc 599 Seminars in Consumer Culture and Media Sociology

Areas of Specialization

Political Sociology, Media Sociology, Consumer Culture, Stratification, Methods

Selected Publications

  • Wasburn, Philo C. and Tawnya Adkins Covert. 2017. Making Citizens: Political Socialization Research and Beyond. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Adkins Covert, Tawnya. 2011. Manipulating Images: World War II Mobilization of Women through Magazine Advertising. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • Adkins Covert, Tawnya and Philo C. Wasburn. 2009. Media Bias? A Comparative Study of Time, Newsweek, National Review, and Progressive Coverage of Domestic Social Issues, 1975-2000. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • Adkins Covert, Tawnya and Philo C. Wasburn. 2007. "Measuring Media Bias: A Content Analysis of Time and Newsweek Coverage of Domestic Social Issues, 1975-2000." Social Science Quarterly. 88(3): 690-706.
  • Adkins Covert, Tawnya and Philo C. Wasburn. 2007. "Information Sources and the Coverage of Social Issues in Partisan Publications: A Content Analysis of 25 years of the Progressive and the National Review."”Mass Communication and Society. 10(1):67-94.
  • Adkins Covert, Tawnya. 2003. "Consumption and Citizenship during World War II: Product Advertisements in Women's Magazines." Journal of Consumer Culture. 3(3): 315-342.
  • Adkins Covert, Tawnya, Denise Ferguson, Selene Phillips and Philo Wasburn. 2000. "News In My Backyard: Media and Democracy in an 'All American' City." The Sociological Quarterly 41(2).
  • Grauerholz, Elizabeth and Tawnya Adkins Covert. 1997. "Twenty-Five Exceptional Educational Videos for Sociology of Marriage and Family Courses." Teaching Sociology. 25:338-352.

Organizational Memberships/Affiliations

American Sociological Association, Midwest Sociological Association

Dr. Adkins Covert joined the Department in 2000.