Jennifer Cole - Chair

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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Michele Friedner

Michele Friedner is a social and medical anthropologist whose work examines both the category of and experience of “deafness” and “disability,” particularly in urban India. She is interested in how political economic changes in India have created new opportunities and constraints for deaf and disabled people in the arenas of employment, education, politics, religion, and everyday life.

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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.

On leave 2018-2019.

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.

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Dario Maestripieri

Dario Maestripieri is a Professor in Comparative Human Development and is also affiliated with 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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David Ansari

Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences

RO 318H

David Ansari is a medical anthropologist with research and teaching interests at the intersections of health and human rights, transnational migration, health services research, and ethnographies of organizations.

R. Darrell Bock

Professor Emeritus

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.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Professor Emeritus

Altaïr Despres

Postdoctoral Researcher

RO 331D

Trained in anthropology and sociology, Dr. Altaïr Despres examines how international mobility and transnational experiences shape social trajectories and hierarchies in sub-Saharan Africa.  She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in both West Africa (Mali, Burkina Faso) and East Africa (Zanzibar-Tanzania).

Irene Elkin

Professor Emerita

Ray Fogelson

Professor Emeritus

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.

Laura Horton

Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences

RO 318H

Laura Horton's work combines ethnographic, computational and linguistic elicitation methods and engages with the fields of linguistic anthropology, developmental psychology, language acquisition and education.

Jill Mateo

Jill Mateo is an Associate Professor, as well as the Committee on Evolutionary Biology, the Institute for Mind and Biology and the College.

She and her students study developmental and biological mechanisms of adaptive behaviors that enhance survival and reproduction in species-typical environments. In particular, they investigate the reciprocal interactions among social, hormonal and genetic processes and how they differentially affect behavior depending on ecological and social contexts. They use comparative approaches in the field, in the lab and in other settings, studying human and non-human primates, other mammals (e.g. lions, dolphins, and ground-dwelling squirrels) and birds.

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Martha McClintock

David Lee Shillinglaw Distinguished Service Professor

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.

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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.

Sevda Numanbayraktaroglu

Visiting Assistant Professor

RO 331D

Dr. Sevda Numanbayraktaroglu specializes in the field of human development across the life span with an emphasis on the social constitution of the self and gendered emotional subjectivity. Much of her research addresses the topics of the self and language, subjectivity and social change, and language socialization. Her work focuses on Turkey, and combines ethnographic, quantitative, and discourse analytic methods.


David E. Orlinsky

Professor Emeritus

Séamus Power

Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences

RO 325B

Dr. Séamus Power is a trans-disciplinary scholar with expertise in social, cultural, and political psychology and is a Post-Doctoral Fellow with Professor Richard Shweder. 

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.

Nancy Stein

Professor Emerita

Susan Stodolsky

Professor Emerita

Richard Taub

Paul Klapper Professor Emeritus

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

Research Associate Professor

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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