Jennifer Cole

Professor and Chair, Department of Comparative Human Development;
Chair, Committee on African Studies

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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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Brenda Sawyer

Assistant to the Chair; Faculty Affairs Administrator

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Eman Abdelhadi

Provost Postdoctoral Fellow, 2019-21; Assistant Professor, 2021-

Eman Abdelhadi is a multi-method sociologist interested in religion, gender, identity, and demography. Using in-depth life history interviews, she is writing a book on how gender shapes second-generation American Muslims’ entry and exit into Muslim communities across the life course. She also uses quantitative methods to research ethno-religious and gendered cultural, political and economic outcomes.

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Sami Abuhamdeh

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Istanbul Sehir University
Ph.D. 2008

Dissertation: What Makes an Intrinsically Motivated Activity Intrinsically Motivated: The Role of Challenge


Karen Hunt Ahmed

Assistant Professor of Finance and Management at DePaul University
Ph.D. 2007

Dissertation: The "Business" of Culture: Morality and Practice in Islamic Finance


David Ansari

Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences, University of Chicago
Ph.D. 2018

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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.

Dissertation: "Dare to be a future therapist”: Uncertainty and apprenticeship in mental health services for immigrants and refugees in Paris, France.

Kiyoshi Asakawa

Professor at the Graduate School of Intercultural Communication Major in Intercultural Communication, Hosei University
Ph.D. 1997

Dissertation: The Experience of Interdependence and Independence in the Self-Construal Asian American and Caucasian American Adolescents: Feelings, of Connectedness and Academic Motivation

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Michael Axelman

CARE Parenting & Child Counseling
Ph.D. 1999

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 H. Bae

Sue H. Bae, Ph.D. & Associates
Ph.D. 2001

Dissertation: The Experience of Professional Autonomy among Psychotherapists in Korea and the West


Deanna Barenboim

Department of Anthropology, Sarah Lawrence College

Dissertation: Belonging Out of Place: Navigating ‘Illegality’ and Indigeneity in Migrant Maya California


Naomi Bartz-McCormick

Research Project Manager in the Rehab Research Lab of William C. Miller at The University of British Columbia
M.A. 2009

Master's Thesis: "Nothing for Us Without Us:" Local Political Responses to City-Led Strategies of Neighbourhood Revitalization

Les Beldo

Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Oberlin College and Conservatory

Dissertation: Atheism & Orthodoxy: An Analysis of Moral Reasoning in the American Culture Wars


Douglas Bell

Adjunct Professor, Department of Cinema Arts & Science, Columbia College Chicago
Ph.D. 1994

Dissertation: Meetings on the Horizon of Meanings: A Cultural Analysis of Adolescents "Reading" AIDS


Will Bennis

University of New York in Prague

Dissertation: Experience, Values, Beliefs, and the Sociocultural Context In Gambling Decision Making: A Field Study of Casino Blackjack


Sam Bergmann

Professor of Psychology, Montgomery College
Ph.D. 2011

Dissertation: Who Wears the Pants?: Family Roles, Gender Role Identity, and Relationship Quality Among Female Co-Parenting Couples


Elise Berman

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Ph.D. 2012

Dissertation: Children Have Nothing to Hide: Deception, Age, and Avoiding Giving in the Marshall Islands


Zoe Berman

New York University, B.A. Anthropology
University of Chicago, M.A. Social Sciences
Research interests: sociocultural and medical anthropology; memory; trauma; generations; youth; Rwanda.

Ronan Bernas

Professor, Department of Psychology, Eastern Illinois University
Ph.D. 1995

Dissertation: Choosing and Maintaining a Position on a Socio-moral Issue: An Argumentative Reasoning Approach


Rita Biagioli

Associate Director, Behavioral Insights Initiative, University of Chicago Provost's Office & Harry L. Davis Center for Leadership, Booth School of Business
Ph.D. 2018

Dissertation: When Perceiving and Thinking about Reality as Relational Motivates Ritual Behavior: A Study of How Bengali Hindus in the U.S. and in India (Come to) Cognize Gods as Material


Matthew Bird

Professor, Universidad del Pacífico Research Center
Ph.D. 2010

Dissertation: The Other Paths: Cultural Economics, Comparative Economic Performance, and the Formation of Capitalist Mentalities in Lima Peru


Mark Blumberg

F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Iowa
Ph.D. 1988

Dissertation: The Interactions Between Sexual Behavior and Thermoregulation in the Male Rat


R. Darrell Bock

Professor Emeritus

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Lihanna Borhan

Department of Psychology, Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia
Ph.D. 1998

Dissertation: Self-Image of Malaysian Adolescents


Angel Boulware

Spelman College, BA Sociology

David Boze

Indiana University Bloomington, BA Political Science, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
University of Chicago, MA Anthropology

Laura Braff

Cultural Anthropology Professor, Grossmont College
Ph.D. 2010

Dissertation: Re/conceiving Personhood: The Localization of Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Mexico City


Tracy Brannstrom

Mount Holyoke College, B.A. Anthropology
University of California, Berkeley, M.A. Folklore
Research interests: Medical and psychological anthropology, ethnographic methods, alternative forms of medicine, addiction

Rachel S. Brezis

Foundation for Psychocultural Research Postdoctoral Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture and Neuroscience, University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D. 2011

Dissertation: Social and Non-Social Memory in Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders


Nicole Brodsky

Independent film producer for educational television
Ph.D. 1998

Dissertation: Art imitates life imitates art: Evolving themes in the lives and works of creative artists


Amanda Brown

Northwestern University, B.S. Theatre
Master's Thesis: What We See or What We Do: Getting a Grip on the Source of Representational Gesture
Research interests: Gesture, Embodiment, Bilingualism, Education, Pretend

Jason Bruck

Teaching Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, Oklahoma State University
Ph.D. 2013

Dissertation: New Perspectives on Dolphin Whistles: Evaluating Signal Context, Categorization and Memory


Nancy Burke

Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University
Ph.D. 1990

Dissertation: Freud, time, and the content of philosophy


Nadxieli Toledo Bustamante

Independent Researcher
Ph.D. 2018

Dissertation: Socializing Attention, Emerging Participation and Language Choice: Three Case Studies in Juchitán, Oaxaca, México.

Hae Min Byeon

Georgetown University, B.A. Psychology and Sociology
Research: Culture, multiculturalism, bilingualism, linguistic minorities, identity, socio-emotional well-being, acculturation, charitable giving

Kathleen Cagney

Professor, Department of Sociology; Director, Population Research Center; Deputy Dean, Division of the Social Sciences

1126 East 59th Street Chicago, Illinois 60637
Sociology Office: (773)834-4694
PRC Office: (773)256-6341


Professor Cagney's work examines social inequality and its relationship to health with a focus on neighborhood, race, and aging and the life course.  She has developed a series of papers on neighborhood social capital and its relationship to outcomes such as self-rated health, asthma prevalence, physical activity, and mortality during the 1995 Chicago heat wave.  She also focuses on the validity of such measures and the development of new neighborhood-based metrics that reflect the perceptions and experiences of older residents.  Currently she works on two Chicago-based studies of neighborhood context and older adult health, and is examining the role of the social and physical environment in older adult well-being with the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project.

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Joseph Calabrese

Reader of Medical Anthropology, Tutor of MSc Medical Anthropology, University College London
Ph.D. 2006

Dissertation: Mirror of the Soul: Cultural Psychiatry, Moral Socialization and the Development of the Self in the Native American Church


E. Summerson Carr

Associate Professor, School of Social Service Administration

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.

Sarah Cashdollar


Dartmouth College, B.A. Anthropology
Research: cultural psychology, psychological anthropology, urban education, mixed methods, perceptions of deviance

Marisa Casillas

Assistant Professor (starting January 2021)

Marisa Casillas is a psycholinguist interested in exploring how cognitive and social processes shape the ways in which people learn, perceive, and produce language (particularly the language of everyday conversations). She uses a combination of experimental- and observation-based methods to investigate these themes in multiple ethnolinguistic settings.

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Julia Cassaniti

Associate Professor, Anthropology, Washington State University

Dissertation: Control in a World of Change: Emotion and Morality in a Northern Thai Town


Michael Chladek

Senior Research Associate, Clinical Outcomes Solution
Ph.D. 2017

Dissertation: Making Monks, Making Men: The Role of Buddhist Monasticism in Shaping Northern Thai Identities


In-Soo Choe

Associate Professor, Department of Child Psychology and Education, Sungkyunkwan University
Ph.D. 1995

Dissertation: Motivation, Subjective Experience, Family and Academic Achievement in Korean High School Students

Choi Christina (Sung Aie)

Therapist, The Gottman Institute

Dissertation: The survival strategies of middle-aged women in Korea


Cindy Dell Clark

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice, Rutgers University
Ph.D. 1991

Dissertation: The Cultural Psychology of Christmas and Easter-with Special Reference to Children


Chris Collins

Associate Dean for Leadership Development for the Full-Time MBA Program, University of Chicago

Dissertation: Regulatory Focus in the Context of Work: The Social Impact of Promotion Tactics


Lindsey Conklin

Research Associate, Gehl Institute, New York City
Ph.D. 2018

Dissertation: Cartography of Courtship: Space, Community, and Self in Amman, Jordan

Mary Cook

Brigham Young University, B.S. Psychology, B.A. Sociocultural Anthropology
Undergraduate Thesis: Psychocultural Landscapes of Hmong Polygyny: Individualism and Collectivism Reconsidered
Research interests: psychological anthropology, far-right activism, conflict, conceptions of self and other, belonging, morality, political violence, Northern Ireland

Amy Cooper

Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Saint Louis University
Ph.D. 2012

Dissertation: Vital Politics: Medicine and Citizenship in Venezuela


Katherine Corcoran

Ph.D. 1995

Dissertation: Perceptions of self-change in adolescent development from an interpersonal therapeutic perspective


Suzanne M. Cox

Professor, Department of Psychology, Beloit College
Ph.D. 1994

Dissertation: Attachment in Preterm Infants and Their Mothers: Neonatal Risk Status and Maternal Representations


Sean Coyne

Assistant Professor, Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience, Notre Dame of Maryland University
Ph.D. 2017

Dissertation: The Ontogeny of Sexual Maturation: Factors Affecting the Development of Sexual Signal Production, Perception, and Behavior in Adolescent Female Rhesus Macaques


Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Professor Emeritus

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Bianca Dahl

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto
Ph.D. 2009

Dissertation: Left Behind? Orphaned Children and the Politics of Kinship, Culture, and Caregiving during Botswana's AIDS Crisis


Elizabeth Davies

Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, University of St. Francis
Ph.D. 2004

Dissertation: Retrospective Reevaluation of Personally Salient Events: A Longitudinal Study


Norma Dávila

Director, The Human Factor Consulting Group
Ph.D. 1991

Dissertation: Patients' experiences of therapeutic support early in treatment: The effects of current social network, general expectations, and anticipated difficulties on patients' evaluations and response to individual psychotherapy


Eric S De Vos

Professor of Psychology, Saginaw Valley State University
Ph.D. 1992

Dissertation: Complications of Labor: Newborn Behavioral Correlates, and Prenatal Psychological Mediation


David deBoer

Associate Director, Wellness Center, Loyola University Chicago
Ph.D. 1999

Dissertation: Vicissitudes of Hope in the Lazarus Effect: Psychological Responses of HIV-Positive Gay Men in the Post Era of HIV and AIDS


Altaïr Despres

Postdoctoral Researcher

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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).

Edward Jay Donner

Clinical Psychologist at Aandrus Medical Center
Ph.D. 1989

Dissertation: The contributions of arousal and mood to health and illness


Natalie Dowling

University of Chicago, BA Linguistics
Research interests: gesture, pragmatics and social skills, language development, discourse, middle childhood, urban education

Ashley Elizabeth Drake

Bucknell University, B.A. Psychology and Anthropology
University of Chicago, M.A. Comparative Human Development
Dissertation Thesis: Militarizing Affect: The Making of the Military Working Dog Team
Research interests: Human animal studies; science and technology studies; multispecies ethnography; affect; embodiment; anthropology of the military; United States

Daryl Dugas

Assistant Professor, Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology, and Foundations, Northern Illinois University
Ph.D. 2013

Dissertation: Becoming Adult/Becoming Teacher: Classroom Management as a Site of Tension in Negotiating Emerging Identities


Sarah Sellergren Dunn

Executive Director, Suicide Prevention Action Network of Teton Valley, ID
Owner, Sarah Dunn Medical Counseling and Consulting, LLC, Driggs, ID
Ph.D. 2013

Dissertation: Living With Increased Risk for Breast and Ovarian Cancer: Do Religion and Spirituality Influence Health Behavior?


Antonie Dvorakova

Researcher at Palacky University in Olomouc (Czech Republic)
Ph.D. 2014

Dissertation: Beyond the “Two Worlds”: Native American Scholars’ Experience

Carol Edwards

Project Manager at Southern California Edison Company
Ph.D. 1995

Dissertation: The social construction of extraordinary selves: A life span study of creative individuals


Jean Ehrenberg

Psychologist with the Mediators of Texas
Ph.D. 1989

Dissertation: The effect of analytic instructions on young children's ability to solve scientific problems systematically


Johanne Eliacin

Associated Health Postdoctoral Fellow at Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center
Ph.D. 2011

Dissertation: An Ethnographic Study of the "Epidemic" of Schizophrenia Among African-Caribbeans in England


Irene Elkin

Professor Emerita

Richard Epstein

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

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at Middlebury College
Ph.D. 2013

Dissertation: Moral psychology and the socialization of helping in evangelical Christian families


Elizabeth Fein

Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Duquesne University
Ph.D. 2012

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

Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Montana State University, Billings
Ph.D. 2006

Dissertation: Exploring the Intergenerational Transmission of Attachment Disorganization


Alan Fiske

Professor of Anthropology at University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D. 1985

Dissertation: How culture, psychology, and natural selection operate together to shape human sociality


Linda May Fitzgerald

Professor in the College of Education at the University of Northern Iowa
Ph.D. 1990

Dissertation:  Contributions of home and child care to competence in early childhood


Christine Fleener

Lead Outdoor Educator at Trackers Earth Forest School in Portland, Oregon
Ph.D. 2018

Dissertation: Growing up Rhesus: A dynamic systems approach to spatial cognitive development and early experience in free-ranging rhesus 

Ray Fogelson

Professor Emeritus

Rebecca Frausel

Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Psychology, University of Chicago
Ph.D. 2018

Dissertation: Narratives of Personal Experience in Early Parent-Child Interactions: Developmental Trajectories and Relations to Higher-Order Thinking

Michele Friedner

Assistant Professor

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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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Heidi Fung

Professor in the Institute of Ethnology at Academia Sinica, Taipei
Ph.D. 1994

Dissertation:  The Socialization of Shame in Young Chinese Children


Susan Gans

Professor in the Department of Psychology at West Chester University
Ph.D. 1993

Dissertation:  Individual Differences in Reproductive Behaviors and Physiology in Rats


Lawrence Gianinno

Research Professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development
Ph.D. 1999

Dissertation: Children's understandings of everyday economic practices


Robert Gibbons

Blum-Riese Professor of Biostatistics, Departments of Medicine, Public Health Sciences, and Psychiatry; Director, Center for Health Statistics

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.

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Barbara Elizabeth Glaessner

Oral Historian at Narrative Portraits
Ph.D. 1994

Dissertation:  Bilingual Children in School: The Negotiation of Language Use in a First Grade Classroom


Christine Glover

Instructor of Psychology at McHenry County College
Ph.D. 2003

Dissertation: What Women Want: The Role of the Social Environment on Romantic Partner Preferences


Susan Goldin-Meadow

Beardsley Ruml Distinguished Service Professor

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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.

On leave 2019-20.

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William Goldstein

Associate Professor

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William Goldstein came to the University of Chicago in 1983. From 1991 to the present, he has been an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Comparative Human Development. In broad terms, his interests concern aspects of judgment and decision making that emphasize the psychology of preference, uncertainty, and the resolution of conflicting goals. 

Read more about William Goldstein on his Department of Psychology profile page.

Lainie (Ilaina) Goldwert

Licensed clinical psychologist & Applied psychological anthropologist, in-sync
Ph.D. 2013

Dissertation:  Somatic Hope: Practice, Persuasion & the Body-Self in North American Yoga Therapy

Talia Gordon

McGill University, B.A. International Development Studies
Wayne State University, M.A. Medical Anthropology
Master's Thesis: Present Futures: Possibilities for Selfhood at Community Mental Health Centre in Detroit, Michigan
Research: Medical anthropology, mental illness, recovery, forms of dependence, clinical ethnography

David Scott Gortner

Director of the Doctor of Ministry programs, and Professor of Evangelism and Congregational Leadership at the Virginia Theological Seminary
Ph.D. 2004

Dissertation:  Varieties of Young Adult Personal Theologies: Content, formative Influences, and Current Relationships to Everyday Life

Andrew Guest

Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Portland
Ph.D. 2004

Dissertation:  Cultural processes of psychosocial competence and middle childhood: Play, self-esteem, and teamwork in two distinct impoverished communities

Resney Gugwor

Northeastern Illinois University, B.A. Psychology
University of Chicago, M.A. Social Sciences
Master’s thesis: Adolescents' Self-Perceptions of Civic Involvement: Adolescents speak on the Chicago Teacher's Union strike
Research interests: Civic engagement, civic identity formation, racial and ethnic identity, resilience, cultural psychology, political philosophy, civic education, educational stratification

Lorna Hadlock

New College of Florida, B.A. Anthropology and Latin American Studies
Research: Psychological anthropology, imagination, altered states of consciousness, dreaming, Latin America, Amazonia

Jennifer Hall

Syracuse University, B.A. African-American Studies
University of Chicago, M.A Social Work
Research: Psychological anthropology, African diaspora in the Americas

Phil Hammack

Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California Santa Cruz
Ph.D. 2006

Dissertation:  The Narrative Stalemate: Conflict, Identity and the Cultural Psychology of Israeli and Palestinian Adolescence


Amir Hampel

Junior Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at the Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China
Ph.D. 2017

Dissertation: From Mask to Mirror: Self as Object in Chinese Psychology

Xue Han

China Agricultural University, B.A. Sociology
Rennin University of China, M.A. Sociology
University of Chicago, M.A. Social Sciences
Research interests: Cultural psychology; psychological anthropology; Tibetan's moral development; mental illness and health; LGBTQ+

Sydney Hans

Frank P. Hixon Distinguished Service Professor; Deputy Dean for Research and Faculty Development at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration


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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Andrew Harlem

Professor in the Clinical Psychology Program at California Institute of Integral Studies
Ph.D. 2002

Dissertation:  The Making of the 'Culturally Competent' Psychologist: A Study of Educational Discourse and Practice


Keisha Harris

Researcher, Research and Evaluation Division, Youth Development Practice area, American Institutes for Research
Ph.D. 2018

Dissertation: "Somos Uma Salada de Fruta": Adolescent Achievement in Utopian Brazilian and Colombian Structures of Opportunity

Eleanor Haspel-Portner

Private Practice, Clinical Psychologist & Researcher
Ph.D. 1971

Dissertation: Sociocultural Factors in the Development of Guilt: Jewish Parents and Children in Chicago


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.

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Joel Hektner

Professor in the Department of Child Development and Family Science at North Dakota State University
Ph.D 1996

Dissertation:  Exploring Optimal Personality Development: A Longitudinal Study of Adolescents


Gretchen Hermes

Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine
Ph.D. 2003

Dissertation:  The Embodiment of Social Isolation: Bio-Behavioral Systems, Pre-Disease Pathways, and Patterns of Aging


Jacob R. Hickman

Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Brigham Young University
Ph.D. 2011

Dissertation:  Morality and Personhood in the Hmong Diaspora: A Person-Centered Ethnography of Migration and Resettlement


Christy Hoffman

Assistant Professor in Animal Behavior, Conservation and Ecology at Canisius College
Ph.D. 2010

Dissertation:  Costs of reproduction among rhesus macaque females on Cayo Santiago


Guanglei Hong

Professor, Comparative Human Development;
Chair, Committee on Quantitative Methods in Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences;
Committee on Education

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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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Lisa Hoogstra

Senior Researcher at the American Institutes for Research
Ph.D. 2002

Dissertation: Divergent Paths after High School: Transitions to College and Work


Laura Horton

Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences, University of Chicago
Ph.D. 2018

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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.

Dissertation: Conventionalization of Shared Homesign Systems in Guatemala: Social, Lexical and Morphophonological Dimensions

Randall Horton

Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Seattle University
Ph.D. 2006

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

Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Smith College
Ph.D. 2012

Dissertation:  Affecting Violence: Development, Religion and Indigeneity in Kandhamal


Alexis Howard

Associate at McKinsey & Company
Ph.D. 2019

Dissertation: The role of sociocultural context in shaping disability outcomes among aging Latinos in the United States: A mixed methods approach


Arvind Ilamaran

National Institute of Technology, B.Tech. Instrumentation and Control
University of Chicago, MA. Public Policy

Steven A. Jacobs

Ph.D. 2019

Dissertation: Balancing Abortion Rights and Fetal Rights: A Mixed Methods Mediation of the U.S. Abortion Debate


Lene Arnett Jensen

Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Clark University
Ph.D. 1996

Dissertation: Different Habits, Different Hearts: Orthodoxy and Progressivism in the United States and India


Kamaya M. Jones

Senior Researcher at Huge Inc.
Ph.D. 2016

Dissertation: Teaching 'Neka: An Exploratory Study of Teacher-Student Relationships at One High-Achieving Urban Public School


Eunsun Joo

Professor in the Department of Psychology at Duksung Women's University in Seoul, Korea
Ph.D. 1996

Dissertation: Different Habits, The psychotherapeutic relationship in Korea: Cross-national and internal cultural comparison

Ernst Karel

Lecturer on Anthropology, Assistant Director of the Film Study Center, and Lab Manager for the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University
Ph.D. 2003

Dissertation: Kerala Sound Electricals: Amplified sound and cultural meaning in South India


Layla Kassem

Psychologist at Human Genetics
Ph.D. 2012

Dissertation: Psychotherapy Between Two Cultures: A Portrait of Psychotherapists in Egypt


David W. Kern

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Northeastern Illinois University
Ph.D. 2015

Dissertation: Olfactory Function And The Physical, Cognitive, And Social Health Of The Aging Population Of The United States

Michéle Koven

Associate Professor of Communication, Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education, LAS Global Studies and the French European Union Center
Ph.D. 1999

Dissertation: French-Portuguese Bilinguals' Enactments of Self In Two Languages


Julia Kowalski

Assistant Professor of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame
Ph.D. 2014

Dissertation: Claiming Care: Regulating Gendered Violence in Jaipur's Women's Rights Network


Sean P. Larvie

UX Researcher with Google
Ph.D. 1998

Dissertation: Managing Desire: Sexual, Citizenship and AIDS in Contemporary Brazil

Helen Lee

University of Michigan, B.A. English, Political Science
University of Michigan, M.A. Educational Leadership & Policy
Research Interests: urban (re)development, community organizing and activism, education reform, critical consciousness formation, humanizing pedagogy, ethnic studies

Helen Levesque

Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Criminal Justice, Indiana University at Bloomington
Ph.D. 1994

Dissertation: Women's Definitions of Feminity: An Investigation of Social Class Differences


Roger J.R. Levesque

Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, Indiana University at Bloomington
Ph.D. 1990

Dissertation: Adolescents in love: An exploration of adolescent love experiences across and within five sociocultural groups


Susan Levine

Rebecca Anne Boylan Professor in Education and Society

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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.

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Mengyuan (Amy) Liang

Zhejiang University, B.Mgmt. Labor & Social Security
University of Chicago, M.A. Public Policy

Zihao Lin

Sun Yat-Sen University, Communication
Freie Universitat Berlin, MA Media and Political Communication
Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin, MA Research Training in Social Sciences
Master’s thesis: "Watching Your Voice is Not a Dream". Practicalities of Envisioning and Disabled Startuping in Southern China
Research interests: Anthropology of Disability and Deafness; Science and Technology Studies; Senses and Mediated Communication; Digital Application; Sign Language; Voice Recognition Technology; China

Lisa Sharon Lombard

Clinical Psychologist at Own Practice
Ph.D. 1991

Dissertation: Narcissistic consequences of female infertility: Disruption and restoration


Robert Miles Loomis

Neugarten Lecturer, Winter 2019: "Uncertain Times/Precarious Futures: Youth, Hope, and the Contemporary Crisis" (CHDV 23610)

Bates College, B.A. Anthropology
Research: Socio-cultural and psychological anthropology; value, personhood and exchange; the family and kinship; youth and globalization; inter-subjectivity; social change and development; China

John Lucy

William Benton Professor Emeritus

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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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Emily Anne Lyons

Ph.D. 2019

Dissertation: Learning Under Pressure: Stereotype Threat and Evaluative Performance Pressure in the Mathematics Classroom


Zhiying Ma

Assistant Professor, The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
Ph.D. 2017

Dissertation: Insanity, Intimacy, and Institution: Governance and Care Under the Mental Health Legal Reform in Contemporary China


Dario Maestripieri


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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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Tara Mandalaywala

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst 
Ph.D. 2014

Dissertation: Effects of early life experience on infant rhesus macaque cognition and stress physiology


Tasneem Mandviwala

Social Sciences Teaching Fellow, University of Chicago
Ph.D. 2019

Dissertation: That Thing on Their Heads: How Muslim American Women Became Navigators of a New Culture

Jocelyn Marrow

Senior Study Director, Westat, Inc
Ph.D. 2008

Dissertation: Psychiatry, Modernity and Family Values: Clenched Teeth Illness in North India


Paula Martin

University of Chicago, A.M. School of Social Service Administration
The Evergreen State College, B.A.
Tacoma Community College, A.A. Arts and Sciences
Research: Medical and Psychological Anthropology; Science and Technology Studies; LGBTQ Health; Youth; Embodiment; United States; Gender; Public Health; Ethnographic Methods

Jill Mateo

Associate Professor

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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 Emerita

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Erin McFee

Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science, Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC)

Dissertation: An Ambivalent Peace: Mistrust, Reconciliation, and the Intervention Encounter in Colombia

Usha Menon

Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Culture and Communications at Drexel University
Ph.D. 1995

Dissertation:Receiving and giving: Distributivity as the source of women's well being


Almaz Mesghina

Vanderbilt University, B.S. Psychology, Child Development Research: developmental psychology, educational psychology, cognition and emotion, learning, achievement gaps, and emotion regulation.

Miriam Midoun

Michigan State, B.S. Anthropology
Brown University, M.Sc Behavioral & Social Health Sciences
Research Interests: Medical and psychological anthropology; intersectionality; gender identity constructions; sexual subjectivity and sexual health; resilience and resistance; transnationalism, cultural pluralism, and human rights.

Sanja Miklin

Dartmouth College, B.A. Anthropology and Linguistics 
Research: Linguistic anthropology, language socialization, interpersonal conflict, violence and aggression, vulnerability and responsibility

Joan Miller

Professor of Psychology and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Psychology at New School for Social Research
Ph.D. 1982

Dissertation: Culture and the Development of Social Explanation


Wael Miller

University of Cambridge-Trinity Hall, BA East Asian Studies Peking University, MA Behavioral Economics and Neuroscience

Terence Mitchell

Marshall University, M.S. Adult and Technical Education
Research: developmental experiences of African American males during their transition from middle childhood into adolescence and young adulthood

Erin Moore

Columbia University, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, Post-Doc
Ph.D. 2016

Dissertation: Translating Girl's Empowerment: Gender, Adolescence, and Transnational NGOs in Urban Uganda


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.

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Neely Anne Laurenzo Myers

Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University
Ph.D. 2009

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

Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at Western Washington University
Ph.D. 1994

Jeanne Nakamura

Associate Professor in the Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University
Ph.D. 2002

Dissertation: Sustaining Engagement: Continuity and Change into Later Life


Constantine V. Nakassis

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

Office: Haskell 324
Phone: (773) 834-4810


Constantine V. Nakassis is a linguistic anthropologist with interests in semiotics; mass media and film theory; trademark law, brands, and counterfeiting; and youth culture. His regional focus is Tamil Nadu, India. He is currently working on a book about Tamil cinema, entitled Onscreen/Offscreen.

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Bronwyn Nichols Lodato

Northwestern University, B.A. Political Science
University of Chicago, M.A., International Relations
Research Interests: Postsecondary access and persistence for minority and low income students; Research methods; constructs of national identity among immigrant communities; Education policy

Nora Nickels

Assistant Professor of Psychological Science at Carthage College
Ph.D. 2019

Dissertation: The Relationship Between Acute Psychosocial Stress, Hormones, Cognition, and Social Science Behavior in Men and Women

Patrick Nicoletti

Chair, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Ph.D. 2000

Dissertation:  The impact of social status on preschoolers' display of direct and ritualized responses to peer conflict


Nancy Nordmann

Faculty at National Louis University
Ph.D. 1991

Dissertation:  An autogenetic approach to interpersonal development


Charles Nuckolls

Professor of Anthropology, Department Chair, and Director of the India Field School at Brigham Young University
Ph.D. 1987


Sevda Numanbayraktaroglu

Visiting Assistant Professor

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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.

Christine Nutter El Ouardani

Assistant Professor of Human Development at California State University Long Beach
Ph.D. 2013

Dissertation: Discipline and Development: Negotiating Childhood and Authority in Rural Morocco



Carly Offidani-Bertrand

Assistant Professor (Tenure-track), Human Development, California State University San Marcos
Ph.D. 2019

Dissertation: Understanding Collective Adaptation to External Threat: A Case Study of a Mixed Status Immigrant Community in Chicago

Krista Olson

Wellesley College, B.A. Psychology
Research Interests: adolescent social networks, school as a social context, urban education, stress in adolescence, educational inequality, educational sociology, social psychology.

David E. Orlinsky

Professor Emeritus

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Kristina Lynn Pagel

University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh, B.S. Psychology with minors in Biology, Chemistry, and Neuroscience
University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh, M.S. Experimental Psychology
Master's thesis: The Measurement of Cytokines in Examining Health and Well-Being during Aging
Research: Comparative behavioral biology; immune function; human development and health across the lifespan

Stephanie Palazzo

BA Franklin & Marshall College
Research Interests: Psychological anthropology, gender and sexuality, anthropology of religion and morality, identity formation

Suzanne Pelka

Therapist, Sexuality Specialist
Ph.D. 2005

Dissertation: Lesbian Couples Using In-Vitro Fertilization to Co-Mother: A Cultural Study of Biological Ties


Laura C. Perez-Felkner

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; Research Affiliate of the Joint Centers for Education Research and Population Research Center at NORC at the University of Chicago
Ph.D. 2009

Dissertation: Cultivating College Dreams: Social Pathways to Educational Attainment


Nadia Persun

Licensed Clinical Psychologist at GreenPath Clinic
Ph.D. 2006

Dissertation: Choosing Marriage or Cohabitation: Understanding Psychosocial Precedents and Effects on Personal and Relationship Satisfaction


Sarah Ann Picket

Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois-Chicago
Ph.D. 1990

Dissertation: Parental burden and a chronically mentally ill offspring's vocational outcome: Exploring the connections


Deborah Leman Pool

Vice President of Product Development at Kindermusik International
Ph.D. 1989

Dissertation: Thinking about right and wrong: A study of children's and adults' understanding of "moral," "traditional," and "prudential" breaches


Séamus Power

Assistant Professor of Social Psychology, University of Copenhagen
Ph.D. 2017

Dr. Séamus Power is a trans-disciplinary scholar with expertise in social, cultural, and political psychology.

Dissertation: From the elites to the streets: the psychology of democracy and economic inequality

Erika Prado

University of California, Santa Barbara, BA Psychology
Research interests: Linguistic anthropology; human interaction; embodied communication; autism; bilingualism; Spanish; Latinx children and youth

Anna Prior

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MA Anthropology University of Oxford, PhM Medical Anthropology

Aarti Pyati

Clinical Psychologist
Ph.D. 2004

Dissertation: Going the Cultural Distance: Worldview-relevant counseling at India's Premiere Psychiatric Institute



Xu Qin

Assistant Professor in the Research Methodology Program of the Department of Psychology in Education, University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D. 2017

Dissertation: Causal Mediation Analysis in Multi-Site Trials


Marcela Raffaelli

Professor in the Department of Human Development & Family Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D. 1990

Dissertation: Sibling conflict in early adolescence


Eugene Raikhel

Associate Professor; Director, Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies

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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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Barnaby B. Reidel

Chief Research Strategist at Riedel Strategy
Ph.D. 2009

Dissertation: The Character Conjuncture: Islamic Education and its Social Reproduction in the United States


Kelsey London Robbins

Undergraduate Preceptor

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Brown University, A.B. Late Antique Cultures
University of Chicago, M.A. Comparative Human Development
Research: Sociocultural anthropology; psychological anthropology; religion and secularism; nationalism; the family and kinship; fertility and reproduction; trauma and practices of healing; production and circulation of knowledge; Republic of Ireland

Johan Rocha

Texas A&M University, B.A. English Rhetoric & Composition
Harvard University, M.Ed. International Comparative Education

James Roney

Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California Santa Barbara
Ph.D 2002

Dissertation: Psychological and Hormonal Responses of Men to Sensory Cues from Women (William Henry Prize)


Shana Fruehan Sandberg

Senior Research Scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago
Ph.D. 2010

Dissertation: Embodying Intimacy: Premarital Romantic Relationships, Sexuality, and Contraceptive Use Among Young Women in Contemporary Tokyo


Shaifali Sandhya

Director of CARE Family Consultation
Part-Time Lecturer, Department of Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago, Spring 2016
Ph.D. 2002

Dissertation: A Study of Hindu Married Couples: The Role of Family Living Arrangements and Gender in Maintaining Happiness and Well-Being


Gyamfuah Sarfo-Mensah

University of Connecticut, B.A. Psychology, Minor in Human Rights
Research: Environmental anthropology, development studies, cultural psychology, participatory action research, qualitative methods, West Africa, Ghana


Keith R. Sawyer

Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations at the University of North Carolina
Ph.D. 1994

Dissertation: The Performance of Pretend Play: Enacting Peer Culture in Conversation


Kristen Schilt

Associate Professor in Sociology; Director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality

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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. She recently published Other, Please Specify: Queer Methods in Sociology. She is currently working on a historical sociology book project titled Conceptualizing Agnes: Exemplary Cases and the Disciplines of Gender. The book is part of a larger collaboration with multi-media artist, Chase Joynt, and will be accompanied by an experimental film project. 

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Jennifer Schmidt

Associate Professor, Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education, Michigan State University
Ph.D. 1998

Dissertation: Overcoming Challenges: Exploring the Role of Action, Experience, and Opportunity in Fostering Resilience among Adolescents


Coltan Scrivner

Rynerson Research Fund 2018-2019

B.A. Anthropology, minors in Biology and Natural Science, Oklahoma Baptist University
BA Thesis: Stress: A Biocultural Appraisal
M.S. Forensic Biology/Chemistry, University of Central Oklahoma
MS Thesis: Beyond DNA: An Epigenetic Approach to Identical Twin Identification
Ph.D. Research: Cognitive science of violence, Behavioral biology, evolution of human social behavior, behavioral endocrinology.

Aaron T. Seaman

Post-Doc at The University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine
Ph.D. 2016

Dissertation: Figuring Families: Caregiving in the Midst of Alzheimer's Disease


Sharon Seegers

University of California San Diego: Eleanor Roosevelt College, B.A. Political Science, Minor in Language Studies (American Sign Language)
Linguistic Society of America Member
Research: Sign language interpreting, relationships between communities, mediation and mediators, language standardization, language ideologies, language socialization, Vietnam

Nancy L. Segal

Professor of Psychology, California State University, Fullerton and Director, Twin Studies Center
Ph.D. 1982

Dissertation: Cooperation, Competion and Altruism Within Twin Sets: A Reappraisal


Lilah Shapiro

Assistant Professor of Instruction, Department of Human Development & Social Policy, Northwestern University
Ph.D. 2012

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

Assistant Professor of Human Development, Sonoma State University
Ph.D. 2011

Dissertation: Language and the Emergence of Masculine Potency in Peruvian Aymara Boyhood


Amy June Sousa

Senior User Experience Researcher at Microsoft working on Surface
Ph.D. 2011

Dissertation: Pragmatic Ethics, Sensible Care: Psychiatry and Schizophrenia in North India

Marianna Staroselsky

Boston University, B.A. Psychology, French Language and Literature
Research: Identity development and performance, socioemotional development, voice, self and relationships, social imaginaries, diaspora and immigration, metacultural awareness, France, Brazil

Graham Steffen

Case Western Reserve University, B.A.  Anthropology & History
University of Chicago, M.A. Social Sciences
Master's Thesis:  A Queer Ordinary: Gayby Boomers and the Politics of Healing in Chicago 
Research Interests: Psychological and sociocultural anthropology, medical anthropology, gender and sexuality, LGBTQ aging, embodiment, masculinity, temporality, HIV/AIDS, trauma and healing, mental illness, queer theory

Nancy Stein

Professor Emerita

Susan Stodolsky

Professor Emerita

Maria Ann Sullivan

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University
Ph.D. 1990

Dissertation: The Cultural Meanings of Mental Illness: Depression and Alcoholism Among the Irish


Jill Dianne Swenson

President of Swenson Book Development
Ph.D. 1989

Dissertation: TV news viewers: Making meaning out of Iran Contra


Hilary Tackie

B.S. Cognitive Neuroscience and Africana Studies, Brown University 2013
Research Interests: Education, Middle to High School transition, developmental psychology, youth educational empowerment, belonging, school-community relations, race/ethnicity and gender, Black youth, neighborhood factors

Richard Taub

Paul Klapper Professor Emeritus

Raffaella Taylor Seymour

Cambridge University, B.A. Archaeology & Anthropology
UK-US Fulbright Scholar (Recipient  of the Diamond Family Foundation Award)
Research Interests: Gender and sexuality, fertility, reproductive politics, ancestry, land and landscape, settler colonialism, youth and futurity, media and publics, political discourse and subjectivity, morality, Pentecostalism/Christianity. Southern Africa/Zimbabwe.

Margarita Terragona

Director of PositivaMente
Ph.D. 1989

Dissertation: Patients' Experiences of Psychotherapy between Sessions: Their Relationship to Some Input, Process, and Output Variables of Psychotherapy


Elayne Teska

Carleton College, B.A. Psychology, Neuroscience
Research: early childhood education; socio-emotional development; cognitive development; early experience; stress/adversity; home environment; cross-cultural studies

Gregory Thompson

Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Brigham Young University
Ph.D. 2011

Dissertation: Involving Identity: a study of the effects of identity in-interaction on the involvement of tutees in the tutoring encounter


Jose Eos Trinidad

Ateneo de Manila University, BA Interdisciplinary Studies
University of Chicago, MA Social Sciences
Research interests: education program and organizational analysis; quantification of social and cultural contexts' impact on program implementation and outcomes; big data; sociology of education

Shruti Vaidya

Savitribai Phule Pune University, B.A. Psychology
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, M.A. Women's Studies

Sarah Van Deusen Phillips

Manager, Medical Volunteer Programs at Chicago Event Management
Ph.D. 2008

Dissertation: When Looking is Listening: Gesture, Multi-Modal Language, and the Socialization of Deaf Children in Castellano-Speaking Families

Gabriel Velez

Assistant Professor, Marquette University
Ph.D. 2019

Dissertation: Conceptualized Peace: A Study of Columbian Adolescents' Meaning Making and Civic Development

Ruvanee Pietersz Vilhauer

Clinical Associate Professor and M.A. Program Coordinator, Psychology Department, New York University
Ph.D. 2002 

Dissertation: Making the Connection: Psychosocial Wellbeing, Group Psychotherapy and On-line Support Groups for Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer


Linda Waite

Lucy Flower Professor in Urban Sociology and Chair, Department of Sociology

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


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

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Lauren S. Wakschlag

Professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University
Ph.D. 1992

Dissertation: Intergenerational Continuities: The Influence of Mother-Grandmother Relationships on Parenting in the African-American Young Mother Families


Janet Walker

Research Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Portland State University

Dissertation: Manufacturing Reality: Gender, Culture, and the Resolution of Everyday Moral Conflicts


Kim Walters

Assistant Professor of International Studies at California State University, Long Beach
Ph.D. 2015

Dissertation: Our Family Girls: From Sex Work to Sex Trafficking in South India


Ning Wang

Assistant Professor, School of Politics and Global Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Ph.D. 2002

Dissertation: The Making of a Market Economy: The Institutional Transformation of a Freshwater Fishery in a Chinese Community


Talia Weiner

Transdisciplinary Fellowship in Primary Care Research, Case Western Reserve University
Ph.D. 2017

Dissertation: Home of the Blues: The Political Economy of Mood DIsorder, Self-Management in 21st Century Chicago


Jessica Whitham

Animal Welfare Biologist for the Chicago Zoological Society
Ph.D. 2007

Dissertation: The Grunt and Girney Vocalizations of Free-Ranging Female Rhesus Macaques


Judith B Wilen

Faculty, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice
Ph.D. 1986

Dissertation: Adolescent Adjustment and the Parent-Child Relationship


Emily Wilson

Lewis and Clark College, B.A. Psychology and Gender Studies
University of Michigan, Masters degree in Social Work (MSW)
Research: care work, affect, precarity, welfare states, Britain

Maria Wong

Professor of Experimental Psychology at Idaho State University
Ph.D. 1992

Dissertation: Autonomy, Quality of Experience, and Academic Performance


Amanda Woodward

William S. Gray Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Psychology; Dean, Division of the Social Sciences

Office phone: (773) 834-1375
Fax: (773) 702-0886
Office: Green Hall 412
Labs: Green Hall 212-216, 222


Woodward has pioneered the development of experimental methods to investigate social cognition in infants and young children. Her research has yielded fundamental insights into infants' social understanding and the processes that support conceptual development early in life. Her current work investigates infants' sensitivity to interpersonal social structure, the effects of cultural and community contexts in shaping children's social learning strategies and the neural processes involved in early social-cognitive development.


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Stanton Wortham

Judy & Howard Berkowitz Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. 1992

Dissertation: Participant Examples and Classroom Interaction


Lily (Shenghe) Ye

Gianinno Dissertation Write-Up Fellow, 2018-2019

University of Chicago, B.A. Linguistics

Research: semiotics, social studies of (social) science, data production, knowledge production, science communication, professions, US-Urban

Chengwen Zheng

University of Calgary, B.Com. Finance
Renmin University of China, M.A. History
University of Chicago, M.A. Social Sciences