The Comparative Human Development graduate program prepares students for a full range of professional careers. The department produces graduates who take academic positions in a variety of departments, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of their human development training: departments of anthropology, biology, education, human development, policy, psychology, sociology, social work, and other related fields. Graduates have also taken postdoctoral or other fellowship programs as their first academic posts. Additionally, some of our graduates have taken full-time research or consulting positions in non-profit organizations, government agencies, and in the business sector.

The following is a list of the departmental alumni for whom we have current information. If you are an alumna or alumnus of the department and would like us to include you in this list, please contact Spencer Bonadeo with your current title, photo or website. You may also view the complete list of alumni and their dissertations since 1989.


 Sami Abuhamdeh

Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, American University in Cairo
Dissertation: What Makes an Intrinsically Motivated Activity Intrinsically Motivated: The Role of Challenge

Karen Hunt Ahmed

Current Position: DePaul University, College of Commerce
Dissertation: The "Business" of Culture: Morality and Practice in Islamic Finance

Michael Axelman

Current Position: CARE Parenting & Child Counseling
Dissertation: The Rational Experiences of African-American Adolescents and the Role of Significant Adults: An Examination of Teenage Lives During the Transition to High School

Sue Bae

Current Position: American School of Professional Psychology
Dissertation: The Experience of Professional Autonomy among Psychotherapists in Korea and the West

Deanna Barenboim

Current Position: Faculty in Anthropology at Sarah Lawrence College
Dissertation: Belonging Out of Place: Navigating ‘Illegality’ and Indigeneity in Migrant Maya California

Naomi Bartz-McCormick

Current Position: Research Project Manager in the Rehab Research Lab of CanWheel
Master's Thesis: "Nothing for Us Without Us:" Local Political Responses to City-Led Strategies of Neighbourhood Revitalization

Les Beldo

Current Position: Sociocultural Anthropologist and Former Lecturer in the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago
Dissertation: Atheism & Orthodoxy: An Analysis of Moral Reasoning in the American Culture Wars

Will Bennis

Current Position: University of New York in Prague
Dissertation: Experience, Values, Beliefs, and the Sociocultural Context In Gambling Decision Making: A Field Study of Casino Blackjack

Samantha Bergmann

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Psychology at Montgomery College
Dissertation: Who Wears the Pants?: Family Roles, Gender Role Identity, and Relationship Quality Among Female Co-Parenting Couples

Elise Berman

Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Dissertation: Children Have Nothing to Hide: Deception, Age, and Avoiding Giving in the Marshall Islands

Ronan Surtida Bernas

Current Position: Eastern Illinois University, Department of Psychology
Dissertation: Choosing and Maintaining a Position on a Socio-moral Issue: An Argumentative Reasoning Approach

Matthew Bird

Current Position: Professor at Universidad del Pacifico
Dissertation: The Other Paths: Cultural Economics, Comparative Economic Performance, and the Formation of Capitalist Mentalities in Lima Peru

Mark Blumberg

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Current Position: F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Iowa
Dissertation: The Interactions Between Sexual Behavior and Thermoregulation in the Male Rat

Lihanna Borhan

Current Position: University of Malaya, Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling
Dissertation: Self-Image of Malaysian Adolescents

Lara Braff

Current Position: Lecturer in Anthropology at San Diego State University
Dissertation: Re/conceiving Personhood: The Localization of Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Mexico City

Rachel Shlomit Brezis

Current Position: Research Associate at the Sagol Center for Applied Neuroscience, School of Psychology, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel
Dissertation: Social and Non-Social Memory in Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Nicole Brodsky

Current Position: Independent film producer for educational television
Dissertation: Art imitates life imitates art: Evolving themes in the lives and works of creative artists

Jason Bruck

Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at Oklahoma State University
Dissertation: New Perspectives on Dolphin Whistles: Evaluating Signal Context, Categorization and Memory

Joseph Calabrese

Current Position: Lecturer in Medical Anthropology at the University College London
Dissertation: Mirror of the Soul: Cultural Psychiatry, Moral Socialization and the Development of the Self in the Native American Church

Julia Cassaniti

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Washington State University
Dissertation: Control in a World of Change: Emotion and Morality in a Northern Thai Town

In Su Choi

Current Position: Professor in the Department of Psychology, Sungkyunkwan University
Dissertation: Motivation, Subjective Experience, Family and Academic Achievement in Korean High School Students

Cindy Dell Clark

Current Position: Visiting Associate Professor of Anthropology, Rutgers University
Dissertation: The Cultural Psychology of Christmas and Easter-with Special Reference to Children

Amy Cooper

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Saint Louis University
Dissertation: Vital Politics: Medicine and Citizenship in Venezuela

Suzanne Cox

Current Position: Beloit College, Department of Psychology
Dissertation: Attachment in Preterm Infants and Their Mothers: Neonatal Risk Status and Maternal Representations

Bianca Dahl

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Toronto University
Dissertation: Left Behind? Orphaned Children and the Politics of Kinship, Culture, and Caregiving during Botswana's AIDS Crisis

Elizabeth Davies

Current Position: Associate Professor of Psychology at University of St. Francis
Dissertation: Retrospective Reevaluation of Personally Salient Events: A Longitudinal Study

Eric S. De Vos

Current Position: Professor of Psychology, Saginaw Valley State University
Dissertation: Complications of Labor: Newborn Behavioral Correlates, and Prenatal Psychological Mediation

David Scott deBoer

Current Position: Associate Director of the Wellness Center, Loyola University Chicago
Dissertation: Vicissitudes of Hope in the Lazarus Effect: Psychological Responses of HIV-Positive Gay Men in the Post Era of HIV and AIDS

Daryl Mortensen Dugas

Current Position:  Assistant Professor in the Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology, and Foundations at Northern Illinois University
Dissertation: Becoming Adult/Becoming Teacher: Classroom Management as a Site of Tension in Negotiating Emerging Identities

Sarah Sellergren Dunn

Current Positions: Executive Director, Suicide Prevention Action Network of Teton Valley, ID

Owner, Sarah Dunn Medical Counseling and Consulting, LLC, Driggs, ID
Dissertation: Living With Increased Risk for Breast and Ovarian Cancer: Do Religion and Spirituality Influence Health Behavior?

Antonie Dvorakova

Current Position: Researcher at Palacky University in Olomouc (Czech Republic)
Dissertation: Beyond the “Two Worlds”: Native American Scholars’ Experience

Christine Nutter El Ouardani

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Human Development at California State University Long Beach
Dissertation: Discipline and Development: Negotiating Childhood and Authority in Rural Morocco

Johanne Eliacin

Current Position: Post-doctoral resident in Clinical Psychology at Cornell University
Dissertation: An Ethnographic Study of the "Epidemic" of Schizophrenia Among African-Caribbeans in England

Richard Epstein

Current Position: Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University
Dissertation: Beyond the Yellow Door: Outcome and Follow-Up Studies in a Residential Treatment Center

Allison Fasoli

Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at Middlebury College
Dissertation: Moral psychology and the socialization of helping in evangelical Christian families

Elizabeth Fein

Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Duquesne University
Dissertation: The Machine Within: An Ethnography of Asperger's syndrome, Biomedicine, and the Paradoxes of Identity and Technology in the Late Modern United States

Brent Finger

Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Montana State University, Billings
Dissertation: Exploring the Intergenerational Transmission of Attachment Disorganization

Alan Fiske

Current Position: Professor of Anthropology at University of California, Los Angeles
Dissertation: How culture, psychology, and natural selection operate together to shape human sociality

Heidi Fung

Current Position: Professor in the Institute of Ethnology at Academia Sinica, Taipei
Dissertation:  The Socialization of Shame in Young Chinese Children

Susan Gans

Current Position: Professor in the Department of Psychology at West Chester University
Dissertation:  Individual Differences in Reproductive Behaviors and Physiology in Rats

Lawrence Gianinno

Current Position: Research Professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development
Dissertation: Children's understandings of everyday economic practices

Christine Glover

Current Position: Instructor of Psychology at McHenry County College
Dissertation: What Women Want: The Role of the Social Environment on Romantic Partner Preferences

Lainie (Ilaina) Goldwert

Current Position: Licensed clinical psychologist & Applied psychological anthropologist, in-sync
Dissertation:  Somatic Hope: Practice, Persuasion & the Body-Self in North American Yoga Therapy

David Scott Gortner

Current Position: Director of the Doctor of Ministry programs, and Professor of Evangelism and Congregational Leadership at the Virginia Theological Seminary
Dissertation:  Varieties of Young Adult Personal Theologies: Content, formative Influences, and Current Relationships to Everyday Life

Andrew Guest

Current Position: Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Portland
Dissertation:  Cultural processes of psychosocial competence and middle childhood: Play, self-esteem, and teamwork in two distinct impoverished communities

Phil Hammack

Current Position: Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California Santa Cruz
Dissertation:  The Narrative Stalemate: Conflict, Identity and the Cultural Psychology of Israeli and Palestinian Adolescence

Andrew Harlem

Current Position: Professor in the Clinical Psychology Program at California Institute of Integral Studies
Dissertation:  The Making of the 'Culturally Competent' Psychologist: A Study of Educational Discourse and Practice

Joel Hektner

Current Position: Professor in the Department of Child Development and Family Science at North Dakota State University
Dissertation:  Exploring Optimal Personality Development: A Longitudinal Study of Adolescents

Gretchen Herms

Current Position: Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine
Dissertation:  The Embodiment of Social Isolation: Bio-Behavioral Systems, Pre-Disease Pathways, and Patterns of Aging

Jacob R. Hickman

Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Brigham Young University
Dissertation:  Morality and Personhood in the Hmong Diaspora: A Person-Centered Ethnography of Migration and Resettlement

Christy Hoffman

Current Position: Assistant Professor in Animal Behavior, Conservation and Ecology at Canisius College
Dissertation:  Costs of reproduction among rhesus macaque females on Cayo Santiago

Lisa Hoogstra

Current Position: Senior Researcher at the American Institutes for Research
Dissertation: Divergent Paths after High School: Transitions to College and Work

Randall Horton

Current Position: Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Seattle University
Dissertation:  Refining Theory and Practice in the Cultural Psychology of Emotion: Tibetan Anger and the Roots of the Modern Tibetan Commitment to Non-Violence

Pinky Hota

Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Smith College
Dissertation:  Affecting Violence: Development, Religion and Indigeneity in Kandhamal

Lene Arnett Jensen

Current Position: Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Clark University
Dissertation: Different Habits, Different Hearts: Orthodoxy and Progressivism in the United States and India

Eunsun Joo

Current Position: Professor in the Department of Psychology at Duksung Women's University in Seoul, Korea
Dissertation: Different Habits, The psychotherapeutic relationship in Korea: Cross-national and internal cultural comparison

Ernst Karel

Current Positions: Lecturer on Anthropology, Assistant Director of the Film Study Center, and Lab Manager for the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University
Dissertation: Kerala Sound Electricals: Amplified sound and cultural meaning in South India

Layla Kassem

Current Position: Psychologist at Human Genetics
Dissertation: Psychotherapy Between Two Cultures: A Portrait of Psychotherapists in Egypt

David W. Kern

Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Northeastern Illinois University
Dissertation: Olfactory Function And The Physical, Cognitive, And Social Health Of The Aging Population Of The United States

Michele Koven

Current Position: Associate Professor of Communication, Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education, LAS Global Studies and the French European Union Center
Dissertation: French-Portuguese Bilinguals' Enactments of Self In Two Languages

Julia L. Kowalski

Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at Williams College
Dissertation: Claiming Care: Regulating Gendered Violence in Jaipur's Women's Rights Network

Tara Mandalaywala

Current Position:  Postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at New York University
Dissertation: Effects of early life experience on infant rhesus macaque cognition and stress physiology

Jocelyn Marrow

Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University in the Department of Anthropology
Dissertation: Psychiatry, Modernity and Family Values: Clenched Teeth Illness in North India

Julie Mennella

Current Position: Research Faculty at Monell Chemical Senses Center

Usha Menon

Current Position: Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Culture and Communications at Drexel University
Dissertation:Receiving and giving: Distributivity as the source of women's well being

Joan Miller

Current Position: Professor of Psychology and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Psychology at New School for Social Research
Dissertation: Culture and the Development of Social Explanation

Neely Anne Laurenzo Myers

Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University
Dissertation: Culture of Recovery: Schizophrenia, the United states Mental Health Care System, and the American Ethos of the Self-Made Man

Olin E (Gene) Jr. Myers

Current Position: Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at Western Washington University
Dissertation: Young Children's Sense of Connection to Animals: The Developmental Basis of an Ecological Self

Jeanne Nakamura

Current Position: Associate Professor in the Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University
Dissertation:  Sustaining Engagement: Continuity and Change into Later Life

Patrick Nicoletti

Current Position: Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at St. Joseph's College Connecticut
Dissertation:  The impact of social status on preschoolers' display of direct and ritualized responses to peer conflict

Charles Nuckolls

Current Position: Professor of Anthropology, Department Chair, and Director of the India Field School at Brigham Young University

Suzanne Pelka

Current Position: Therapist, Sexuality Specialist
Dissertation: Lesbian Couples Using In-Vitro Fertilization to Co-Mother: A Cultural Study of Biological Ties

Lara C. Perez-Felkner

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Sociology in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Florida State University

Affiliated Faculty member in the Department of Sociology and the Center for Higher Education Research, Teaching, and Innovation (CHERTI) at FSU, and a Research Affiliate of the Joint Centers for Education Research and Population Research Center at NORC at the University of Chicago
Dissertation: Cultivating College Dreams: Social Pathways to Educational Attainment

Nadia Persun

Current Position: Licensed Clinical Psychologist at GreenPath Clinic
Dissertation: Choosing Marriage or Cohabitation: Understanding Psychosocial Precedents and Effects on Personal and Relationship Satisfaction

Sarah Van Deusen Phillips

Current Position: Lecturer in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Dissertation: When Looking is Listening: Gesture, Multi-Modal Language, and the Socialization of Deaf Children in Castellano-Speaking Families

Aarti Pyati

Current Position: Associate Director/Training & Multicultural Specialist at Case Western Reserve University, Division of Student Affairs
Dissertation: Going the Cultural Distance: Worldview-relevant counseling at India's Premiere Psychiatric Institute

Barnaby B. Riedel

Current Position: Chief Research Strategist at Riedel Strategy
Dissertation: The Character Conjuncture: Islamic Education and its Social Reproduction in the United States

James Roney

Current Position: Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California Santa Barbara
Dissertation: Psychological and Hormonal Responses of Men to Sensory Cues from Women (William Henry Prize)

Shana Fruehan Sandberg

Current Position: Research Specialist at the Association of American Medical Colleges
Dissertation: Embodying Intimacy: Premarital Romantic Relationships, Sexuality, and Contraceptive Use Among Young Women in Contemporary Tokyo

Shaifali Sandhya

Current Position: Core Faculty in the Psychology Department at Adler University
Dissertation: A Study of Hindu Married Couples: The Role of Family Living Arrangements and Gender in Maintaining Happiness and Well-Being

Keith Sawer

Current Position: Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations at the University of North Carolina
Dissertation: The Performance of Pretend Play: Enacting Peer Culture in Conversation

Brian Schiff

Current Position: Associate Professor and Department Chair of Psychology at The American University of Paris
Dissertation: Telling Survival and the Holocaust

Nancy L. Segal

Current Position: Professor of Psychology, California State University, Fullerton and Director, Twin Studies Center
Dissertation: Cooperation, Competion and Altruism Within Twin Sets: A Reappraisal

Lilah Shapiro

Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor at Northwestern University
Dissertation: Driven to Orthodoxy: Jewish Identity and Narratives of Exceptionalism, Essentialism, and the Family in American Jewish Culture as Motivations of "Conversion" to Orthodox Judaism

Benjamin Smith

Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Vassar College
Dissertation: Language and the Emergence of Masculine Potency in Peruvian Aymara Boyhood

Amy Sousa

Current Position: Senior User Experience Researcher at Microsoft working on Surface
Dissertation: Pragmatic Ethics, Sensible Care: Psychiatry and Schizophrenia in North India

Joseph Tennant

Current Position: Research Associate at The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge
Dissertation: Harm and Non-Harm Moral Judgments and Justifications in Two American Religious Groups

Gregory Thompson

Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Brigham Young University
Dissertation: Involving Identity: a study of the effects of identity in-interaction on the involvement of tutees in the tutoring encounter

Kim Walters

Current Position: Assistant Professor, International Studies, California State University, Long Beach
Dissertation: Our Family Girls: From Sex Work to Sex Trafficking in South India

Ning Wang

Current Position: Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Assistant Professor, School of Politics and Global Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Dissertation: The Making of a Market Economy: The Institutional Transformation of a Freshwater Fishery in a Chinese Community

Jessica Whitham

Current Position: Animal Welfare Biologist for the Chicago Zoological Society
Dissertation: The Grunt and Girney Vocalizations of Free-Ranging Female Rhesus Macaques

Stanton Wortham

Current Position: Judy & Howard Berkowitz Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania
Dissertation: Participant Examples and Classroom Interaction