David Ansari

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

Rosenwald 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.

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


Altaïr Despres

Postdoctoral Researcher

Rosenwald 331C

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).


Laura Horton

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

Rosenwald 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.

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


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.