Jennifer Cole

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

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

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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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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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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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.

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;
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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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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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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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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Eugene Raikhel

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

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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