Jill Wightman

Assistant Professor and Director of Anthropology

Bradley Hall 121
(309) 677-4718

Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.A., Anthropology, University of Kansas
B.A., Global Studies, Nebraska Wesleyan University


Jill Wightman is Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Bradley University. She holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, a Master of Arts degree in anthropology from the University of Kansas, and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Global Studies (Latin American Studies) and Spanish from Nebraska Wesleyan University. 


A cultural anthropologist, Dr. Wightman’s courses include The Anthropological Perspective (an introduction to the field of cultural anthropology), Culture and Belief: Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion, Native Americans, and Latin American Cultures. Other teaching interests include medical anthropology, race, ethnicity, globalization, and transnationalism. Dr. Wightman has been the driving force behind the recent expansion of the department’s non-Western curriculum. 


Dr. Wightman has conducted extensive research in Bolivia on Pentecostal conversion and social movements; and on indigenous culture and religiosity. Her publications include “Healing the Nation: Pentecostal Identity and Social Change in Bolivia,” which appeared in the edited volume Conversion of a Continent: Contemporary Religious Change in Latin America (Rutgers, 2008).