Jennifer Cole

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

Rosenwald 305D
Fall Quarter Office Hours: Tuesdays 10am-12pm, sign up at

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

Rosenwald 318B
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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

Rosenwald 318A
Fall Quarter Office Hours: Wednesdays 4:30-5:30pm

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

Rosenwald 318G
Fall Quarter Office Hours: Thursdays 9-11am, in person or over Zoom (make an appointment first)

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

Assistant Professor

Rosenwald 318I
Fall Quarter Office Hours: Thursday, 3:00-5:00, or by appointment
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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

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;
Chair, Committee on Quantitative Methods in Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences;
Committee on Education

Rosenwald 325A
Academic Year 2021-2022: on leave

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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Micere Keels

Associate Professor

Rosenwald 318J
Fall Quarter Office Hours: by appointment

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


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
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Co-chair, Education and Society

Rosenwald 305A
Fall Quarter Office Hours: By appointment

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
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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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Richard Shweder

Harold H. Swift Distinguished Service Professor

Rosenwald 305B
Fall Quarter Office Hours: by appointment through email

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

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Margaret Beale Spencer

Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor

Rosenwald 305C
Fall Quarter Office Hours: by appointment. Email Oliver Garland at

Contact: Oliver Garland, Operations Manager for the Urban Resiliency Initiative

Margaret Beale Spencer is the Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor of Life Course Human Development. With its context and life course emphasis, scholarship focuses on resiliency promotion while unpacking the sources of and contributors to human vulnerability. In addition to its current US focus, collaborations that focus on conditions of inequality include South Africa, Kosovo, Cuba, and Australia. Research and intervention efforts are framed by her human development theoretical framework—phenomenological variant of ecological systems theory (PVEST); it is unique from historical perspectives in its inclusiveness of life course developmental processes salient to all humans irrespective of their societal position of status and power. As its Director, Spencer’s basic and applied research collaborations are organized as the Urban Resiliency Initiative (URI) at the University of Chicago.

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