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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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.

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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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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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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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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Kristen Schilt

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

Social Sciences 320


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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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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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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