Jennifer Cole

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

Office Hours: Mondays 10:00-11:30 am and by appointment
Rosenwald 305D

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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Eman Abdelhadi

Assistant Professor

Office Hours: Tuesdays 2:00-3:00pm, sign up at
Rosenwald 318B

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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Marisa Casillas

Assistant Professor

Winter Quarter Office Hours: Mondays 4:30-5:30pm
Rosenwald 318A

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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Terra Edwards

Assistant Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Winter Quarter Office Hours: Monday 2-3pm, Tuesdays 3-4pm; sign up here
Rosenwald 318G

Terra Edwards is a linguistic anthropologist whose research is concerned with the existential and environmental conditions that support language emergence. Since 2006, she has been pursuing this interest with DeafBlind communities in the U.S., where new ways of being DeafBlind are emerging alongside a new tactile language. Broadly speaking, her work asks: How do our ways of being in the world give rise to particular kinds of languages?

Michele Friedner

Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies

Winter Quarter Office Hours: Tuesdays 3pm-5pm, or by appointment
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Rosenwald 318I

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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Chiara Galli

Assistant Professor

Office Hours: Tuesdays 2:00-4:00 pm
Rosenwald 318H

Chiara Galli is a sociologist interested in international migration, childhood, and law and policy. Broadly speaking, her work asks, how do immigration laws shape people's lives, and how do children differ from adults as migratory actors and legal subjects? Her book is an ethnography of Central American unaccompanied minors’ experiences seeking asylum in the US.

Susan Goldin-Meadow

Chair, Department of Comparative Human Development
Beardsley Ruml Distinguished Service Professor

Rosenwald 318F | Green 408

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

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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Guanglei Hong

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

Winter Quarter Office Hours: by appointment
Rosenwald 325A

Guanglei Hong has focused her research on developing causal inference theories and methods for understanding the impacts of large-scale societal changes and the impacts of social and educational policies and programs on child and youth development. She is the author of the book Causality in a Social World: Moderation, Mediation, and Spill-over and has developed multiple methodologies for drawing valid inferences about causal relationships, for investigating heterogeneity in human responses to external interventions, and for rigorously testing theories about the mechanisms through which such exposures generate impacts.

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Micere Keels


Winter Quarter Office Hours: by appointment
Rosenwald 318J

Micere Keels examines how racial-ethnic inequalities in neighborhood, school, and family contexts are associated with unequal educational outcomes.

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Susan Levine

Rebecca Anne Boylan Professor in Education and Society

Green 401

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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Dario Maestripieri


Winter Quarter Office Hours: by appointment through email
Rosenwald 318D

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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Jill Mateo

Associate Professor
Co-chair, Education and Society

Winter Quarter Office Hours: by appointment
Rosenwald 305A

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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Eugene Raikhel

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

Winter Quarter Office Hours: sign up at
Rosenwald 318C

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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Richard Shweder

Harold H. Swift Distinguished Service Professor

Office Hours: by appointment through email
Rosenwald 305B

Richard A. Shweder is a cultural anthropologist and the Harold H. Swift Distinguished Service Professor of Human Development.

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