Margaret Beale Spencer


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Margaret Beale Spencer is the Marshall Field IV Professor of Urban Education, and is an alumna of the Committee on Human Development. Before returning to Chicago, she was Director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Health Achievement Neighborhood Growth and Ethnic Studies (CHANGES), and also guided as its director the W. E. B. Du Bois Collective Research Institute. 

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Jennifer Cole

Jennifer Cole's work addresses the substantive topics of memory and forgetting, youth and generational change, gender, sexuality and transnational kinship. Her research focuses on Africa - specifically the island of Madagascar - and the legacy of Madagascar's colonial and now post-colonial encounter with France.


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Susan Goldin-Meadow

Susan Goldin-Meadow is the Beardsley Ruml Distinguished Service Professor. Her work explores language creation in deaf children in the US, China, Turkey and, most recently, Nicaragua, and also the impact that our bodies––in particular, the gestures we produce when we talk––have on thinking and learning.  She is co-director of the new Center for Gesture, Sign and Language at the University.

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Sydney Hans

Sydney Hans is a Professor at the School of Social Service Administration. Her research seeks to understand how biological and social factors interact in contributing to risk and resilience in human development.

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Guanglei Hong

Guanglei Hong has focused her research on developing causal inference theories and methods for evaluating educational and social policies and programs in multi-level, longitudinal settings.


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Susan Levine

Susan Levine is co-director of the Center for Early Childhood Research and serves as the chair of the Psychology Department. She directs the Cognitive Development Lab. Her research interests include cognitive development, development and plasticity of spatial skills, early quantitative development, and language development and functional plasticity in children with early brain injuries.

Read more about Susan Levine on her Department of Psychology profile page.

John Lucy

John Lucy's research focuses on the impact of grammatical diversity on thought, the development of language and thought in middle childhood, and the role of metalinguistic capabilities in human social interaction.

On leave 2017.

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Dario Maestripieri

Dario Maestripieri is a Professor in Comparative Human Development and is also affiliated with the Committee on Evolutionary Biology, The Committee on Neurobiology, the Institute for Mind and Biology, the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience, the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy, the Center for Health and the Social Sciences, the Grossman Institute for Neuroscience, Quantitative Biology, and Human Behavior, and the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge. 

His current main interests are, a) evolution of human behavior and its biological regulation, b) 20th century European literature.

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Kathleen Cagney

Associate Professor in Departments of Sociology & Public Health Sciences (Health Services Research)

Phone: (773) 834-3924
Fax: 773-702-1979
Office: 5841 S. Maryland Ave.,
MC 2007, Rm. W249



  • Neighborhood effects and health 
  • Race and ethnic differences in access to health care/long-term care 
  • Demography of aging, particularly the role of family structure in long-term care arrangements 
  • Life course approaches to research in health 
  • Health status assessment 

E. Summerson Carr

Associate Professor at the School of Social Service Administration

Office: 969 E 60th St.


E. Summerson Carr is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Service Administration, and an affiliate of the Department of Anthropology, Comparative Human Development and the Center for Gender Studies .  As a sociocultural and linguistic anthropologist who conducts ethnographic studies of social work and allied professions, Professor Carr seeks to highlight what is fundamentally cultural about professional practices and organizations.  More specifically, her work to date examines how culturally rooted ideas about language and personhood shape clinical interventions and social welfare administration, which in turn, refine these ideas by processing people and problems in accordance with them.  She sustains broader interests in the cultural history of American psychotherapies, the politics of communication, the ethnography of complex institutions, and the anthropology of the United States.

Basia Ellis

Post Doctoral Fellow

Office: RO 331B

Dr. Ellis is a Post Doctoral Fellow with Professor Richard Shweder.

She is a postdoctoral scholar who is studying the everyday lives of undocumented youth living in Chicago. Her research traces how unequal sociocultural and political contexts shape the possibilities for social and psychological life, as well as how persons create new social spaces despite/because of their unique social challenges and opportunities. 

Shuqing Liu

Visiting Scholar

Office: RO 331B

Dr. Liu is a Visiting Scholar with Professor Richard Shweder.

She is interested in human mind and behavior in cultural and social psychology. Specifically her research primarily focuses on visual aesthetics, emotion, social cognition, user experience, customer behaviors and their cross-cultural studies. 

Martha McClintock

Martha K. McClintock is the David Lee Shillinglaw Distinguished Service Professor in Psychology, the Founder of the Institute for Mind and Biology, and Co-Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Disparities Research (CIHDR). Dr. McClintock's current research focuses on the interaction between behavior and reproductive endocrinology and immunology.

Read more about Martha McClintock at her Institute for Mind and Biology profile page.

Anna Mueller

Anna S. Mueller is a sociologist whose research examines how social relationships and social contexts shape adolescent health and wellbeing over the transition to adulthood. She is also interested in how schools, as social organizations, shape social relationships and opportunities to learn, thereby affecting the life chances of children. Her conceptual research interests are matched by her methodological interests in social network analysis, multi-level modeling, and in-depth qualitative case studies of adolescent societies.

Salikoko Mufwene

Frank J. McLoraine Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Linguistics and the College

Phone: (773) 702-8531
Fax: (773) 834-0924


My research of the past twenty years has been primarily on morphosyntactic and semantic characteristics of Gullah, African-American Vernacular English, Jamaican Creole, and English. However, in recent years I have focused more on the development of "Atlantic creoles" (lexified by European languages), Kikongo-Kituba, Lingala, and on questions of language evolution.

Kristen Schilt

Assistant Professor in Sociology

Phone: 773-702-7753
Office: Social Sciences 320


Kristen Schilt's research interests center on sociology of gender and sexualities, the sociology of culture, and the sociology of work and occupations. A central focus of her work is finding new ways to make visible the taken-for-granted cultural assumptions about gender and sexuality that serve to naturalize and reproduce social inequality. In 2010, she published the monograph, Just One of the Guys? Transgender Men and the Persistence of Gender Inequality (University of Chicago Press). In this book, she illustrates how the workplace experiences of transgender men can help to illuminate the organizational and interactional processes that contribute to the persistence of gender, race, and sexuality-based inequalities in the workplace.

Cecile Vigouroux

Visiting Associate Professor

Office: RO 318 I

Professor Cecile Vigouroux is a Visiting Associate Professor of sociolinguistics from Simon Fraser University, BC, Canada who will be with the Department of Comparative Human Development for the 2016 - 17 Academic Year. Her scholarship focuses on transnational identity formation, the reshaping of linguistic ideologies, sociocultural transformations triggered by new forms of mobility, socioeconomic inequalities, the impact of informal economy on language practices, and La Francophonie.

Linda Waite

Lucy Flower Professor in Urban Sociology

Phone: 773-256-6333
Office: NORC 249A


Waite's current research interests include social demography, aging, the family, health, working families, the link between biology, psychology and the social world.

Eugene Raikhel

Eugene Raikhel is a cultural and medical anthropologist with interests encompassing the anthropology of science, biomedicine and psychiatry; addiction and its treatment; suggestion and healing; and post-socialist transformations in Eurasia.


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Amanda Woodward

William S. Gray Professor of Psychology

Phone: (773) 702-8829
Fax: (773) 702-0886
Office: Green Hall 412
Labs: Green Hall 212-216, 222


Amanda Woodward is the William S. Gray Professor of Psychology and was a founding member of the Center for Early Childhood Research.  She completed her undergraduate degree at Swarthmore College in 1987 and her doctoral degree at Stanford University in 1992.  She joined the faculty at the University of Chicago in 1993.

Lindsey Richland

Lindsey Richland investigates children's memory and analytical reasoning development.  Much of her work explores children's emergent ability to think about relationships and make inferences such as through metaphor and analogy.

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