The Department of Comparative Human Development (CHD) is an interdisciplinary program at the critical edge of thought and research in the social sciences, examining what it means to be human during a contemporary moment marked by rapid social, technological, and ecological change; massive global movements of people and ideas; and wide-ranging forms of inequality. Faculty and students in the Department conduct interdisciplinary, holistic and comparative research and scholarship focused on individual lives within various, changing, and heterogeneous contexts. Drawing on methods and concepts from anthropology, biological and developmental psychology, educational research, sociology, and statistics, Department members are committed to examining humans as simultaneously sociocultural, biological, and psychological beings who change over developmental and historical time. Such perspectives make CHD a unique space for research addressing topics including difference, equality, and power in multicultural societies; the developmental, symbolic and embodied processes involved in learning and socialization; the social shaping of vulnerability and resilience in relation toshifting categories such as gender, race, class, age, sexuality, and ability, among others. Faculty and graduate students conduct research in both US and non-US settings using diverse methods including long-term participant observation, qualitative interviewing, analysis of survey data, experiments, classroom observation, and field research with non-human animals.



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The Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago invites applications for an open rank faculty position to start on or after July 1, 2023. We seek a scholar who conducts research on learning and socialization, and/or development in context, including but not limited to, research on racial, ethnic, gender, and/or ability differences in educational processes and outcomes. Candidates whose research takes a life course perspective to explore intersections between multiple and overlapping categories of marginalization will be of particular interest. In line with the department’s focus on international research, we encourage candidates who conduct research outside the United States to apply. The successful candidate will have demonstrated a record of original research, a commitment to rigorous methodology, and the potential to develop collaborative relationships with scholars currently in our department as well as in other divisions and schools within the University.

Founded in 1940, the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago ( is an interdisciplinary department whose faculty includes anthropologists, biologists, linguists, psychologists, sociologists, and methodologists whose theories and methods cross individual social sciences. Research in the department explores the social, cultural, psychological, and biological processes of change that vary across time, between individuals, between societies and cultures, and between species.   


Applicants at the Assistant Professor level must have a Ph.D. already in hand and have demonstrated that the groundwork has been laid for an outstanding career; applicants at the Associate or full Professor level are expected to have made distinct and sustained contributions to knowledge in this field.

Application Instructions

Applicants must apply online at the University of Chicago's Interfolio website at Applicants are required to upload 1) a cover letter 2) a statement of research interests, 3) a teaching statement, 4) a current curriculum vitae and 5) the names and contact information of three referees. Letters of recommendation and writing samples will be requested for short listed candidates.  The review of the applications will begin on September 6, 2022 and continue until the position is filled or the search has closed. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at

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Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-834-3988 or email with their request.