Faculty Associates

Faculty Associates of Comparative Human Development

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.

Robert Gibbons

Blum-Riese Professor of Biostatistics in the Departments of Medicine, Public Health Sciences, and Psychiatry; Director of the Center for Health Statistics at the University of Chicago

Office: 5841 S. Maryland Avenue #W260

Robert Gibbons is a statistician interested in the areas of biostatistics, environmental statistics, and psychometrics. Major themes in his work include development of linear and nonlinear mixed effects regression models for analysis of longitudinal data, analysis of environmental monitoring data and inter-laboratory calibration, item response theory and computerized adaptive testing, and the development of new statistical methods in pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety.

Donald Hedeker

Professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Public Health Sciences

Office: 5841 S. Maryland Avenue, Room W254


Don Hedeker’s main area of expertise is in the development and use of advanced statistical methods for clustered and longitudinal data, with particular emphasis on mixed-effects models. He is the primary author of four freeware computer programs for mixed-effects analysis: MIXREG for normal-theory models, MIXOR for dichotomous and ordinal outcomes, MIXNO for nominal outcomes, and MIXPREG for counts.

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.

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.

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.