Exterior at night

The Center at night

Side Entrance

The entrance of the CSGS

Heather Love audience

The audience listens as Lauren Berlant introduces Heather Love in 2014

Class discussion

Students participate in a classroom discussion at the Center

Héctor Carrillo

Héctor Carrillo talks with students after his book talk in 2018

Joan Scott

Joan Scott speaking at the Center in 2017


Students listen to panelists present in 2017

Community room

The Community Room at 5733 S University

center door

Center entrance

5733 exterior

The exterior of 5733 S University

Bhanu Kapil

Poet Bhanu Kapil at the Center in 2016

Affiliated Faculty


Associate Professor

Prof. Brotherton’s scholarship is concerned with theoretical and ethnographic debates of the body as a subject of anthropological, historical, psychoanalytic, medical, and literary inquiry. His ethnographic work in Argentina, Cuba, and Jamaica have allowed him to explore diverse themes such as the mind/body dualism, experiences of embodiment/alienation, phenomenology of the body, Foucauldian notions of bio‐politics and bio‐power, in addition to the medicalized, gendered, and racialized body.

Associate Professor

Prof. Dawdy is a historical anthropologist and archaeologist whose fieldwork focuses on the American South and Gulf of Mexico (esp. Louisiana, eastern Mexico, Cuba, 17th c.-present). Her current research and teaching focus on piracy and informal economies, aesthetics, affect, and sensoria, temporality, gender and sexuality, fetish and thing theory, death and disaster. Prof. Dawdy's current book project called Patina: A Profane Archaeology of Romantic Things, which reconsiders the intimate relations of capitalism—between people as well as between people and things—with attention to temporality, gender, and affect.

Mae & Sidney G. Metzl Distinguished Service Professor

Prof. Gal is presently doing research on the political economy of language, including linguistic nationalism, language and gender, and especially the rhetorical and symbolic aspects of political transformation in contemporary eastern Europe and post socialism generally. Her work focuses as well on the construction of gender and discourses of reproduction.

Assistant Professor

Prof. Takabvirwa studies governance, migration, and the state in Southern Africa. She is working on two projects at the moment. The first is a book manuscript on policing on Zimbabwean roads, based on ethnographic fieldwork she conducted. The second project, which is under development, is on the changing meanings of marriage and intimacy in Southern Africa, particularly among Zimbabweans as they live between countries. Her research and teaching are informed by questions on the politics of representation and in the role of African fiction in interrogating and generating Africanist theories of power, citizenship, and intimacy.

Assistant Professor

Mareike Winchell is an anthropologist working at the intersection of critical indigenous studies, the anthropology of history, and environmental design. At the broadest level, her research explores the intersection of authority, intimacy, history, land, and governance with a focus on the interplay between vernacular traditions and rights-based, institutional approaches to indigenous justice. Winchell’s current book project, After Servitude: Indigenous Critique and the Undoing of Property in Revolutionary Bolivia, illuminates the unexpected ways that marginalized Bolivians re-elaborate colonial ruins as sources of ethical claim-making in the present. The book offers an ethnographic account of how intimate zones of inter-familial aid and alliance related to earlier institutions of bonded labor came to muddle bureaucratic efforts to install property—a project that, she argues, hinges on processes of both spatial and temporal re-inscription. She is developing two new research projects that build on her scholarly interest in indigenous claims, intimacy, and place. The first project, Just Documents: Property, Possession, and the Anti-Colonial Archive, draws from archival and ethnographic materials collected at Bolivia’s National Institute of Agrarian Reform to explore the legal claims of out-of-wedlock children (“natural children”) born to indentured laborers after 1953. A second project, On Fire: Emergent Environmentalisms and Anti-Indigenous Sentiment in Bolivia, undertakes a comparative ethnographic study of burning techniques and fire mitigation strategies in the Chiquitanios region of Santa Cruz de la Sierra. The project asks how, in the lead up to President Evo Morales' dramatic ousting from the Presidency in November 2019 and since, smoldering Cruzeño forests operate as key sites of national and international disagreement over resources, legitimate indigeneity, and planetary futures. Winchell’s writing and digital scholarship have appeared in Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, Cultural Anthropology, Journal of Peasant Studies, and Comparative Studies in Society and History.

Art History

Neubauer Family Associate Professor

Prof. Atkinson's research interests are in architecture and urban history in Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Italy. Situated primarily in Italy, his current scholarship considers the social dimensions of architecture through a series of research themes derived from his interest in the historical understanding of urban experience.

Assistant Professor

Seth Estrin is an historian of the art, archaeology, and visual cultures of ancient Greece, with a special interest in the relationship between art and emotion. In his research and teaching he frequently explores how individuals negotiated various forms of identity and subjective experience — including those related to gender and sexuality — through encounters with objects and images.

Associate Professor

Chelsea Foxwell’s scholarship ranges from the medieval through modern periods of Japanese art with special emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. Her work focuses on Japan’s artistic interactions with the rest of East Asia and beyond, nihonga and yōga; “export art” and the world’s fairs; practices of image circulation, exhibition, and display; and the relationship between image-making and the kabuki theater. A member of the Committee on Japanese Studies and the Center for the Art of East Asia, she is a contributor to the Digital Scrolling Paintings and the Reading Kuzushiji projects.

Associate Professor

Prof. Ward specializes in 19th and 20th century art. Her research interests center on the reception of works of art and on the relationship between the theory, criticism and practice of painting, the history of exhibitions and museums.

Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor

Prof. Wu works on early Chinese art. His special research interests include relationships between visual forms (architecture, bronze vessels, pictorial carvings and murals, etc.) and ritual, social memory, and political discourses.

Biological Sciences

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Adeleye is interested in optimizing fertility care for transgender and non-conforming people for whom there may be additional hurdles for family building. Although her work is primarily clinical, she has a particular research interest in understanding what if any effects gender affirming hormones may have on the ability to conceive and how to optimize the experience of fertility preservation in this population.

Ellen H. Block Professor of Health Justice of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Professor of Pediatrics

Vice Provost at the University of Chicago

Dr. Gilliam conducts research on unintended pregnancy. Her research focuses on contraception, family planning, youth development, and sexually transmitted infections. Specifically, she focuses on contraceptive use among teens and women who are at risk for unintended pregnancy.

Professor of Medicine

Dr. Kim's interests include colon cancer chemoprevention, colon cancer screening for average risk and high risk populations, especially hereditary colon cancer syndromes, with an emphasis on underserved and minority populations. She is actively involved in health disparities research as it relates to GI malignancies. In addition, Dr. Kim's clinical interests have included the education and awareness of hepatitis B in Asian Americans through screening, advocacy, treatment and immunization for liver cancer prevention.

Cinema & Media Studies


Dominique Blüher is currently a lecturer in the department of Cinema and Media Studies. She studied in Berlin before coming to France where she received her PhD in Film studies from Université Paris 3 (Sorbonne nouvelle). She has been Maître de conférences at the Université Rennes 2 where she taught film theory, aesthetics, and analysis. Dominique Blüher has been an editor of the bilingual journal of theory on image and sound, Iris, and also served as the French correspondent for the International Forum of Young Cinema at the Berlin Film Festival. She is currently working on two books, one on autobiography and film, and the other on the French filmmaker Joseph Morder.

Associate Professor

Prof. Jagoda works in the fields of new media studies and twentieth and twenty-first century American literature and culture with particular interests in digital games, electronic literature, virtual worlds, television, cinema, the novel, and media theory. His first book, Network Aesthetics (University of Chicago Press, 2016), explores how literature, films, television, videogames, and digital media art alter human experiences with interconnected life in the early twenty-first century. He is currently at work on a book project about experimental games that draws from fields of affect theory, Marxist theory, and gender studies. For more information, see: http://patrickjagoda.com/.

Associate Professor

Keeling’s research has focused on African American film, representations of race, sexuality, and gender in cinema, critical theory, and cultural studies. Keeling's current research involves issues of temporality, Afrofuturisms, and radical imaginations; media and black and queer cultural politics; and digital media, finance capital, and difference.

Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies, Associate Professor

Prof. Wild's research focus on the history and theory of modernism and the avant-garde, feminist theory, experimental film, French cinema, the history of exhibition, and the cinema's relation to the other arts work Her work explores problems of film historiography and aesthetics. She is the director of CSGS' Counter Cinema/Counter Media Project.


Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor

Prof. Bartsch-Zimmer's teaching is primarily devoted to Roman literature and culture, and her research addresses critical terms for the study of Classics and the satirist Persius. Her research interests have recently been focused on the study of ancient Greco-Roman sexuality, especially the relationship between same-sex eros and philosophical thought.

Associate Professor

Prof. Wray's teaching interests are mostly within Greek, Roman, and early modern European literature, including courses on incest in Roman literature and heroines of ancient tragedy and early modern opera. He has written on manhood in Roman poetry and is currently focusing on relations and relatedness in classical epic and drama.

Comparative Human Development

Provost Postdoctoral Fellow, 2019-21; Assistant Professor, 2021-

Eman Abdelhadi studies religion and gender's intersecting influences on identity, community affiliations, political views and economic outcomes. Her current book project relies on in-depth life history interviews to trace entry and exit into American Muslim communities and explain how and why those trajectories are gendered. Using survey data, her other research has investigated the ways and settings in which religion matters for women’s participation in the public sphere as well as the relationship between religious orthodoxy and political conservatism in the United States.


Prof. Cole's scholarship attempts to analyze the interplay between historical change and individual experience, her work addresses the substantive topics of memory and forgetting, youth and generational change, gender, sexuality and transnational kinship.

Assistant Professor

Michele Friedner is a medical anthropologist who researches 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. She also attends to the limits of disability as both a juridical and legislative category and as an explanatory concept within social theory and is interested in intersections of disability, gender, and sexuality both in India and more broadly.

Associate Professor

Professor Keels' principal research interests concern issues of race-ethnicity, inequality, poverty, and the integration of quantitative and qualitative methods.

Associate Professor

Prof. Mateo studies developmental and biological mechanisms of adaptive behaviors that enhance survival and reproduction in species-typical environments. In particular, she investigates the reciprocal interactions among social, hormonal and genetic processes and how they differentially affect behavior depending on ecological and social contexts.

William Claude Reavis Distinguished Service Professor

Prof. Shweder's recent research examines the scopes and limits of pluralism and the multicultural challenge in Western liberal democracies. He examines the norm conflicts that arise when people migrate from Africa, Asia and Latin America to countries in the 'North,' bringing with them culturally endorsed practices (e.g., arranged marriage, animal sacrifice, circumcision of both girls and boys, ideas about parental authority) that mainstream populations in the United States or Western Europe sometimes find aberrant and disturbing. He asks how much accommodation to cultural diversity occurs and ought to occur under such circumstances.

Comparative Literature

Assistant Professor

Hoda El Shakry is a scholar of twentieth- and twenty-first century cultural production from North Africa and the Middle East, with an emphasis on the relationship between aesthetics and ethics. Specializing in Arab/ic and Francophone literature, visual culture, and criticism, her interdisciplinary research explores aesthetic theory, Islamic philosophy, comparative literary criticism, as well as gender and sexuality. Hoda El Shakry’s book The Literary Qurʾan: Narrative Ethics in the Maghreb (Fordham University Press, 2019) examines the influence of Qurʾanic textual, hermeneutical, and philosophical traditions on Arabophone and Francophone fiction from North Africa. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the African Feminist Initiative and the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Modern Literature.

Associate Instructional Professor

Nisha Kommattam is a scholar of comparative literature as well as gender & sexuality studies, with a focus on South Asia and Southern India (Malayalam Literature, Kerala Studies). She is currently working on a book manuscript on queerness and trauma in South India. Other research interests include literatures of migration, inter-Asia comparisons, and the transnational entanglements of pioneering queer German writers in fin-de-siècle Europe. Recent publications include Are they Women? A Novel concerning the Third Sex by Aimée Duc (Broadview Press 2020, translated and edited with Margaret Breen) and Sind es Frauen? Roman über das dritte Geschlecht by Aimée Duc (Querverlag 2020, edited with Margaret Breen).

Edward Carson Waller Distinguished Service Professor

Prof. Meltzer's specialties are nineteenth-century French and German literatures and critical theory. She has particular interest in psychoanalysis and literature, French Symbolism, and philosophy.

Assistant Professor

Prof. Torres works in the fields of Jewish Studies, translation theory, religion, and Comparative Literature. Her current book project is titled Any Minute Now the World Streams Over Its Border!: Anarchism, Diaspora, and Yiddish Literature.

Assistant Professor

Prof. Trujillo's research and teaching focus on pre- and postmodern histories and theories of gender and sexuality and draw from the archives of medieval Christianity, Latinx literature, and queer and feminist theory. He is particularly interested in contemporary medievalisms; the history of critical theory; psychoanalysis; queer of color critique; AIDS literature; religion and literature; and religion and sexuality. His current book project explores the relationship between the eroticism of Christian mystical poetry and the cultivation of devotion and desire within monastic communities organized by the Divine Office, or the repeated singing of the Psalms.


Associate Professor of Theology

Prof. Culp works in constructive theology, especially in relation to feminist theologies. She has written on protest and resistance as theological themes and religious sensibilities, on a theology of Christian community, on feminist and womanist theologies, and on "experience" in contemporary theology.

Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies and the Anthropology of Religion

Alireza Doostdar is an anthropologist who studies Islam, science, gender, embodiment, and the state. His first book is about occultism and spiritual exploration in contemporary Iran. He is currently working on two new projects: one on the Islamization of social science , and the other on the embodiment of the Islamic state in Iran through everyday acts of intimacy.

Assistant Professor of Environmental Ethics

Professor Fredericks' research focuses on sustainability, sustainable energy, environmental guilt and shame, and environmental justice; her work draws upon pragmatic and comparative religious ethics. Her research and teaching increasingly examines issues of gender and sexuality in ethics including the disproportionate burdens of environmental degradation faced by women and the ways the environmental movement has gendered expectations for advocacy and everyday life.

Associate Professor of Religion and Literature, Philosophy of Religions and History of Judaism

Sarah Hammerschlag is a scholar in the area of Religion and Literature. Her research thus far has focused on the position of Judaism in the post-World War II French intellectual scene, a field that puts her at the crossroads of numerous disciplines and scholarly approaches including philosophy, literary studies, and intellectual history. She is currently working on a book with Amy Hollywood and Constance Furey on religion, literature and politics. Her contribution focuses on the French-Jewish philosopher Sarah Kofman, and her treatment of the themes of mastery, fidelity and the fetish.

Assistant Professor of the Anthropology and Sociology of Religion

Prof. Heo is an anthropologist of religion, media and economy. Her current research interests include Christian-Muslim relations in the Arab Middle East and Cold War capitalism in the Asian Pacific Rim. She teaches courses on gender and sexuality in the study of religion and politics.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Pierce Taylor’s research focuses on gender and emotion in premodern religion in South India. Her current book project, “Embodying Souls: Emotion, Gender, and Animality in Premodern South Asian Religion,” considers the soteriological tension in Jainism between experiencing and escaping the pleasures of the body. Located at a moment of literary change between the Sanskrit and Old Kannada in the medieval Deccan (south-west India), it argues that literature became a central techne for Jain poets to negotiate a worldly reality filled with attachment, embodiment, desire, and pleasure antithetical to the traditions’ focus on withdrawal and detachment. Her second book project considers the rich tradition of ghost stories (vētāḷa/bētāḷa) in Sanskrit and Old Kannada as a site that challenges gender normativity, various forms of cultural hierarchy, and the boundaries between the living and the dead. Her work is broadly informed by theoretical developments in the study of affect, animality, disability and the body, and gender.

Assistant Professor

Erin Galgay Walsh’s research focuses on the reception of biblical literature, ascetic practices, and religious poetry within the Mediterranean world. Her current book project examines how Syriac and Greek poets retold and expanded biblical stories featuring unnamed New Testament women. Throughout her work on New Testament and early Christian literature, Prof. Walsh attends to issues around gender and sexuality with special attention to ethical and interpretative debates.

East Asian Languages & Civilization

Associate Professor

Prof. Choi's research and teaching evolve around the relationship between the culture of publication and the historical experiences of modern Koreans, including the experiences of Japanese colonial rule, national division, the Korean War, the Cold War, and democratization. Through exploration of them, she pursues her particular concerns with gender on the one hand and with the literary text as embodied entity on the other.

Associate Professor

Prof. Eyferth's scholarship focuses on the social history of the Chinese countryside in the 20th century and the history of gender, technology, and work. His current research looks at cotton production and textile work in the 1950s, and the impact of the socialist revolution and state industrialization policies on the everyday lives of rural women.

Associate Professor in Chinese Literature

Iovene's research and teaching focus on 20th and 21st century Chinese literature and film. She is currently working on two projects: one on migrant workers' autobiographical fiction and theater and the other on location, labor, and gender in 1970s Chinese cinema.

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor

Prof. Zeitlin's research interests include the literary and cultural history of late imperial China with special interest in fiction and drama, especially the classical tale, autobiography and self-representation, gender and sexuality, and the interface between literature and medicine, particularly the case history. She is currently at work on a multi-phase collaborative project on Chinese opera film.


Senior Research Associate

Dr. Alessandra L.González is a Postdoctoral Scholar and Lecturer at The University of Chicago Department of Economics and Non-Resident Research Fellow at the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Previously, she was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the James Madison Program in the Department of Politics at Princeton University and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) at Baylor University. Prior to this she worked as a post-doctoral research associate at John Jay College, CUNY. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Sociology from Baylor University and received a B.A. in Sociology and Policy Studies from Rice University. She is the principal investigator of the Islamic Social Attitudes Survey Project (ISAS), a study in conjunction with Baylor ISR on Islamic Religiosity and Social Attitudes, including Women’s Rights Attitudes in the Arab Gulf Region. She has book chapters in “Women’s Encounter with Globalization” (Frontpage Publications) and “Islam and International Relations: Mutual Perceptions” (Cambridge Scholars Publishing), publications in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, the Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion, and an op-ed on Islamic Feminism in the Dallas Morning News. She has presented her research at the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy’s Conference on “The Rights of Women in Islam,” the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies, the Dialogue of Civilizations Conference hosted by the Institute for Interfaith Dialogue in Houston, the Gulf Research Conference at the University of Exeter, and various other academic settings. Her latest book manuscript is Islamic Feminism in Kuwait: The Politics and Paradoxes (Palgrave Macmillan Press).

Senior Research Associate

Juanna Schrøter Joensen’s research seeks to quantify how incentives and circumstances interact with endowments and information in shaping human capital and income inequality. Her research reveals how financial and non-financial incentives can have very different impacts on individual behavior and success – depending on socioeconomic environment, multidimensional skills, and gender. She currently teaches an elective course in Applied Microeconometrics with focus on how economic theory, institutional details, experiments, and microeconometric methods can be used to draw causal inference from data.

English Language & Literature

Director of CGS, 1999–2002

George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor

Prof. Berlant's work has focused on the affective components of belonging in the U.S. nineteenth and twentieth centuries—now the twenty-first: in particular, in relation to juridical citizenship, to informal and normative modes of social belonging, and to practices of intimacy as they absorb legal, normative, and fantasmatic forces. These scenes of relation articulate state, juridical, and institutional practices of zoning and more abstract boundary-drawing—between public and private, white and non-white, and/or citizen and foreigner—with other kinds of social bonds through which people imagine and practice world-making. She specializes in feminist, queer and Marxian critical theory, cultural studies, literatures of the U.S. 19th and 20th Centuries, African-American studies, cinema studies and popular culture.

Prof. Berlant is co-editor of Critical Inquiry, and Contributing Editor of Public Culture. Recent work includes The Queen of America Goes to Washington City: Essays on Sex and Citizenship (Duke UP, 1997), Intimacy (Chicago, 2000), with Lisa Duggan, Our Monica, Ourselves (NYU, 2001), with Laura Letinsky, Venus Inferred (Chicago, 2000). Current work focuses on the centrality of sentimental modes of address to public sphere building in the U.S. 20th century, taking "women's culture" as its central case. She is additionally writing a series of essays taking the normative rhetoric of love and pain/trauma as a feature of democratic/capitalist violence.

Associate Professor

Professor Brown specializes in American and African-American cultural production in the 20th century. Her current work explores the relationships between architecture, race, and narrative forms.

Karla Scherer Distinguished Service Professor in American Culture

Prof. Brown's areas of specialization are 19th and 20th-Century American literature, popular genres, Marxist theory and gender theory, naturalism, modern poetry. Recently, he has been working on the intersection of literary, visual, and material cultures, with an emphasis on "object relations in an expanded field."

Assistant Professor

Professor Chema works on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature and culture. She is writing a book about poetic style and civic persuasion and another that studies handmade poetry collections to tell a story about the history of reading. These books, along with her teaching, are concerned with the gendering of language, literary forms, and discursive fields, which she approaches from a rhetorical perspective. 

Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts

Rachel DeWoskin is the author of Banshee (Dottir Press, 2019); Someday We Will Fly (Penguin, 2019); Blind (Penguin, 2014); Big Girl Small (FSG, 2011); Repeat After Me (The Overlook Press, 2009); and Foreign Babes in Beijing (WW Norton, 2005). She is on the core fiction faculty at the University of Chicago, and is an affiliated faculty member of the Centers for East Asian Studies and Jewish Studies.

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor

Prof. Garcia researches the hemispheric literatures and cultures of the Americas, principally of the twentieth century. His inquiries have taken place in the fields of indigenous and Latino studies, American poetics, and environmental criticism, with the following questions focusing his work: how are semiotics and aesthetics an interface for racial and national positionalities? And how do those positions—that is, social locations of identity, race, gender, kinship, and ecology—change when cast in the aesthetic forms that one finds in signs on the outside of normative semiotics, troping, and figuration? The book that he is completing, Signs of the Americas: The Poetics of Pictography, Hieroglyphs, and Khipu, examines the ongoing ability of such seemingly antiquated sign systems as Puebloan pictographs, Anishinaabe petroglyphs, Mayan hieroglyphs, and Andean khipu to express and shape contemporary experiences.


Prof. Hadley's areas of research, writing, and teaching are 19th-Century British history, the novel, popular culture, cultural theory, and expository prose. Her latest book, Living Liberalism, addresses Victorian political culture through political theory, theories of embodiment and the material practices of citizenship. Other central interests often evident in the courses Prof. Hadley offers include gender theory, urban studies, the novel, melodrama, children's culture, theories of nationalism and histories of affect.

Assistant Professor

Julie Iromuanya is the author of Mr. and Mrs. Doctor (Coffee House Press), a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, the Etisalat Prize for Literature, and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize for Debut Fiction. Her scholarly-critical work has most recently appeared in Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism and Callaloo: A Journal of African American Arts and Letters. New work is forthcoming in Afropolitan Literature as World Literature  (Bloomsbury). 

Associate Professor

Prof. Jagoda works in the fields of new media studies and twentieth and twenty-first century American literature and culture with particular interests in digital games, electronic literature, virtual worlds, television, cinema, the novel, and media theory. His first book, Network Aesthetics (University of Chicago Press, 2016), explores how literature, films, television, videogames, and digital media art alter human experiences with interconnected life in the early twenty-first century. He is currently at work on a book project about experimental games that draws from fields of affect theory, Marxist theory, and gender studies. For more information, see: http://patrickjagoda.com/.

Assistant Professor

Prof. Johnson's research and teaching are concerned with seventeenth through nineteenth-century archives of slavery and marronage in the United States and Caribbean. She is interested in how resistance practices and flight from enslavement by Black and Native individuals in the Caribbean and North America shaped textual and visual production in the colonial period. She teaches transnational literary histories of slave and maroon narratives, constructions of gender, race and forms of bondage before 1850, as well as courses on archival theory and method. Her current book project considers the lives of individuals who decided go maroon and the importance of kin and chosen family in those decisions.

Associate Professor

Prof. Keenleyside’s research and teaching centers on the literature and culture of eighteenth-century Britain, with special interest in literary and intellectual history, gender and sexuality, the history of feminism, and animal studies. She is currently at work on a book on the poetry, novel, and history of ideas.


Josephine McDonagh’s work focuses mainly on nineteenth-century British literature in its global contexts, colonialism, and the politics and gender of literary expression. She has also written of population, family politics, and violence, including Child Murder and British Culture 1720-1900 (Cambridge UP, 2003). The question of migration is at the center of her current work. She is writing about migration in the nineteenth century, exploring the ways in which literature both responded to and helped to shape a transcontinental migratory culture during a time of mass emigration to settler colonies, and exploring its resonances with contemporary migration issues.

Associate Professor

Prof. Miller's fields are late-medieval literature and culture. Miller's research focuses conceptually on the intersections of psychoanalysis, feminism, and queer theory with ethics, theory of action, and philosophical psychology.

Assistant Professor

Prof. Ndiaye’s research and teaching are at the intersection of early modern studies, critical race theory, theater and performance studies, and comparative literature. She is currently writing a monograph on the new habits of mind that performance techniques of embodied racial impersonation fostered among spectators in early modern Europe: that book explores the role that theatrical culture played in the racialization of blackness in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Director of CGS, 2006–2009


Prof. Nelson's research interests are in the areas of contemporary literature, twentieth-century American literature, African American literature, law and literature, literary history, nonfiction prose, poetry and poetics, the novel, feminism, gender and sexuality, and historicism (old and new). Her latest book, Tough Broads: Suffering and Style, explores the unsentimental, rigorous, and often "heartless" view of pain (to borrow a term from Hannah Arendt) in the work of some of the twentieth-century's most prominent women artists and intellectuals.


Sianne Ngai works and teaches in the fields of aesthetic theory, Marxism, feminism, queer studies, and American literature. Her first book, Ugly Feelings, investigates the cultural forms that arise from non-prestigious, non-cathartic negative emotions—envy and irritation as opposed to anger and fear. Her second book, Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting. argues for the contemporary centrality of three everyday, vernacular aesthetic categories, treating them with the same philosophical seriousness as others have treated the beautiful and sublime. Her work is most broadly concerned with the analysis of aesthetic forms and judgments specific to capitalism.

Assistant Professor

Julie Orlemanski's research and teaching focus on two areas, on the culture and thought of the later Middle Ages and on the historicity of concepts organizing literary-critical and literary-historical study today (like genre, scale, fictionality, and modernity). She is completing a book on medicine, causation, and narrative in late-medieval England and is beginning work on a new project tentatively titled "Things without Faces: Prosopopoeia in Medieval Writing."

Assistant Professor

My research and teaching focus on Caribbean literature and visual arts, particularly their representations of the aftermath of slavery and Indian indentureship. I am also interested in how the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds, more broadly, have long been connected through imperialism, labor, and trade. For me, gender and sexuality are key to these formations.

Assistant Professor

Zach Samalin’s research and teaching focus on the literature and cultural history of the 19th century, with special emphases on the development and legacies of psychoanalysis and Marxism; on the emergence of techniques of social observation and urban sociology; and on theories of affect, emotion and aesthetics. He is currently writing a book about the centrality of disgust to social transformations in the middle of the 19th century.

Associate Professor

Prof. Scappettone's writing and research focus on new comparative approaches to modernism and modernity, with particular curiosity directed at the filigreed social projections and fallout embodied in literary, spatial, and visual arts. Broadly conceived, research and teaching interests include feminism and aesthetics, poetry and poetics, urbanism and alterations of "landscape," translation, and the fate of the avant-garde.


Prof. Snorton is a cultural theorist who analyzes representations of race and gender throughout the 19th-21st centuries. He is the author of Nobody Is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low (University of Minnesota Press, 2014) and Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity (University of Minnesota Press, 2017), He is currently working on a book about swamps, tentatively entitled, Mud: Ecologies of Racial Meaning.

Assistant Professor

Prof. Thakkar writes and teaches about global Anglophone and postcolonial literatures and contemporary transnational culture. Currently she is working on two projects, a book-length exploration of the political, intellectual, and affective influence that the cultural memory of the Holocaust exerts on postcolonial writers preoccupied with migration to Europe from the former colonies after 1945, and the second on the role of forensic anthropology in examining the bodily remains of victims of mass atrocity.

Gender Studies


Prof. Snorton is a cultural theorist who analyzes representations of race and gender throughout the 19th-21st centuries. He is the author of Nobody Is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low (University of Minnesota Press, 2014) and Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity (University of Minnesota Press, 2017), He is currently working on a book about swamps, tentatively entitled, Mud: Ecologies of Racial Meaning.

Faculty Director of CGS/CSGS, 2010-2016

Charles E. Merriam Distinguished Professor

Prof. Zerilli works in the areas of democratic theory, feminist theory, and continental philosophy.

Germanic Studies

Assistant Instructional Professor in Yiddish

Jessica Kirzane teaches courses on Yiddish language and culture. Her research focuses on Jewish racial self-construction in American Jewish literature, American Jewish writers’ geographical imagination vis a vis America, and Jewish women’s struggles within and against prescribed gender roles through romantic narratives. She is the translator of Diary of a Lonely Girl, or the Battle Agaisnt Free Love by Miriam Karpilove (Syracuse University Press, 2020) and a champion of the translation of Yiddish writing by women. She also publishes frequently about Yiddish Studies pedagogy. Kirzane is the editor-in-chief of In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies (www.ingeveb.org).

Frank Curtis Springer and Gertrude Melcher Springer Professor in the College and the Department of Germanic Studies

Catriona MacLeod is senior editor of Word & Image, and author of Embodying Ambiguity: Androgyny and Aesthetics from Winckelmann to Keller (Wayne State University Press, 1998) and Fugitive Objects: Sculpture and Literature in the German Nineteenth Century (Northwestern University Press, 2013), both of which deal with the relationship of femininity and aesthetics in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her current book in progress, Romantic Scraps, explores how Romantic authors and visual artists cut, glue, stain, and recycle paper; generating paper cuts, collages, and ink blot poems in profusion. The book is particularly concerned with the critical edge of women’s craftwork with scissors.  MacLeod is the Frank Curtis Springer and Gertrude Melcher Springer Professor in the Department of Germanic Studies and the College at the University of Chicago.

Assistant Professor

Sophie Salvo's research investigates the history of concepts of sex and gender in German literature and culture from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century. Her current project focuses on the idea of "women's language" in a range of discourses, including ethnography, philology, literary Modernism, and feminist theory.

Harris Public Policy

Assistant Professor

Yana Gallen is an Assistant Professor at the Harris School studying the gender wage gap. Her research focuses on understanding the sources of the gender pay gap---preferences, discrimination, or productivity? She is also interested in the impact of family friendly policies on the labor market, particularly looking at indirect or unanticipated effects of policy reforms. Yana teaches Advanced Microeconomics for MPPs and a course covering policy features of the Modern Welfare State.


Director of CGS, 1996–1999


Prof. Auslander is a social and cultural historian whose focus is on Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century European Social History France and Germany. Her work is in the fields of material culture, the history of consumerism, gender history and theory, social theory and its relation to social history, the history and theory of the everyday, of citizenship, of the nation, Jewish history, and the history of colonial and post-colonial Europe.

Assistant Professor

Kathleen Belew is Assistant Professor of U.S. History and the College. She specializes in the recent history of the United States, examining the long aftermath of warfare. Her first book, Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America (Harvard University Press, Spring 2018), explores how white power activists wrought a cohesive social movement through a common story about warfare and its weapons, uniforms, and technologies. By uniting previously disparate Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazi, skinhead, and other groups, the movement carried out escalating acts of violence that reached a crescendo in the 1995 bombing of Oklahoma City. Belew is at work on two new projects, one focusing on processes of militarization in the domestic United States and the other on ideas of the apocalypse in American history and culture. Her award-winning teaching centers on the broad themes of race, gender, violence, identity, and the meaning of war.

Associate Professor

Susan L. Burns is Associate Professor of Japanese History, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College. She researches and teaches the social and cultural history of early modern and modern Japan, with a focus on the history of medicine, health, and the body. She has worked extensively on issues of reproductive health and reproductive rights. She is co-editor (with Barbara J. Brooks) of Gender and Law in the Japanese Imperium (Hawaii University Press, 2015) and contributed the introduction and an essay on the criminalization of abortion and infanticide in late 19th century Japan. She is currently completing a study of an early modern Japanese obstetrician.

Interim Director of CGS, 2009–2010

Associate Professor

Prof. Dailey is a historian of the modern US interested in politics and law, especially relating to questions of civil rights, race and gender.

Norman and Edna Freehling Professor

Prof. Goldstein's research and teaching focus on the intellectual and cultural history of Europe, especially France, from the 18th through the 20th centuries, with an emphasis on the development of the human sciences. She recently published the book Hysteria Complicated by Ecstasy, which is a microhistory of a Savoyard peasant girl whose strange malady brought her to the attention of the medical community in the 1820s, and her current research project, focused on France but with a comparative dimension, attempts to determine why biologistic theories of human nature shifted their political affiliation around 1850, going from an alliance with the left in the first half of the 19th century to their now more familiar alliance with the right.

Preston & Sterling Morton Distinguished Service Professor

Prof. Gutierrez specializes in Chicana/o history, race and ethnicity in American life, Indian-White relations in the Americas, the social and economic history of the Southwest, colonial Latin America, Mexican immigration and gender and sexuality with regard to American Indians and Chicanas/os.

Associate Professor

Prof. Lyon's research and teaching focus on the political and social history of Germany, Austria and the Holy Roman Empire in the medieval period, particularly the eleventh through thirteenth centuries. His current research projects include a study of the office of church advocate in medieval Germany and a general survey of the history of the medieval Holy Roman Empire. Prof. Lyon teaches courses on topics relating to the Holy Roman Empire, the European nobility, kingship, and family and marriage.

Associate Professor

Emily Osborn is a social and political historian of West Africa whose research focuses on precolonial and colonial state-craft and gender. Her first book, Our New Husbands Are Here: Households, Gender, and Politics in a West African State from the Slave Trade to Colonial Rule, investigates a central puzzle in West African political history: why women figure frequently in the political narratives of the precolonial period but then vanish altogether with the French colonial occupation of the late nineteenth century. Prof. Osborn's work also considers the history of slavery in Africa, labor and migration, material culture, and processes of technology transfer and diffusion.

Assistant Professor

Palmer is a cultural and intellectual historian focusing on long-durée intellectual history.  Her specialties include the Italian Renaissance, the recovery and reception of classical thought, the Enlightenment, the history of book and printing, and the history of philosophy, heresy, science, atheism, and freethought. She works extensively on radical heterodoxy and its cultural associations, such as the strong pre-modern tendency to associate Greek philosophy, atheism, and religious radicalism with sodomy, hedonism, criminality, magic, and witchcraft.  She works on libertinism, homoeroticism, and radical sexuality in early modern Europe, intersections between pornography and philosophical writing, and the ways different pre-modern models of the soul were used to construct or justify gender difference.  She also works on gender and sexuality in Japanese manga and anime, especially the influence of Osamu Tezuka and Takarazuka theater, and how Japanese media uses stories and images from Medieval and early modern European history are used for genderplay and gender experimentation.  She is also an author of science fiction and fantasy, and explores gender construction extensively in her published fiction.

Assistant Professor

Prof. Ransmeier teaches courses on Modern China, from the Qing dynasty through the Twentieth Century. Her research explores the relationship between family life and the law in modern China. Current work examines the role of crime in the formation or dissolution of family relationships, as well as the development of legal literacy and a legal imagination in Republican China.

Associate Professor

Prof. Stanley's research and teaching focus on U.S. history, from the early Republic through the Progressive Era. She is especially interested in the intersections of intellectual, social, and legal history, gender, labor, slavery, and emancipation.

Assistant Professor of US History and the College

Gabriel Winant's research and teaching focus on social inequality in American capitalism. He is interested in the relationship between capital accumulation and wage labor in the formal economy on the one hand and, on the other, the strategies for survival and social reproduction pursued through other kinds of social organization—family, neighborhood, community, and so on. He approaches capitalism as a system that is fundamentally racialized and gendered, with complex layers of inequality and multiple dimensions of social conflict. He is currently finishing a book on the transition from manufacturing to service work in the United States, entitled Crucible of Care: The Fall of Manufacturing, the Rise of Health Care, and the Making of a New Working Class.


Prof. Zahra's field is modern European history with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is particularly interested in the history of migration and displacement; nationalism (and indifference to nationalism); and gender, childhood and the family.


Director, Master of Arts Program in the Humanities; Lecturer in the Department of English Language and Literature

My teaching and research focuses mainly on questions about collective life and living together under emergent and contemporary capitalist biopolitics, as well as what life might be beyond or other than those arrangements. I teach classes on critical theory, with a particular interest in marxism and gender theory, the nineteenth-century British novel and post-1960s science fiction. My current research is on utopia, intimacy and relationality in the feminist SF of the 1970s and 1980s.


Mark and Barbara Fried Professor of Law

Emily Buss's research interests include children's and parents' rights and the legal system's allocation of responsibility for children’s development among parent, child, and state. In recent years, she has focused particular attention on the developmental impact of court proceedings on court-involved children, including foster youth and youth accused of crimes. In addition to courses focused on the subjects of her research, Buss teaches civil procedure, evidence, and family law.

Arnold I. Shure Professor

Among the subjects Prof. Case teaches are feminist jurisprudence, constitutional law, European legal systems, marriage, and regulation of sexuality. While her diverse research interests include German contract law and the First Amendment, her scholarship to date has concentrated on the regulation of sex, gender, and sexuality, and on the early history of feminism.

Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Director, International Human Rights Clinic

Claudia Flores is Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the International Human Rights Clinic. Before her appointment to the Law Faculty, Flores’ practice specialized in civil rights and constitutional matters, with a focus on labor violations against low-wage and temporary workers and qui tam litigation. Flores has also served as legal advisor for the United Nations Development Program and UN Women in East Timor and Zimbabwe, managed a USAID-funded program to combat human trafficking in Indonesia, and served as a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union in the Women’s Rights Project.

Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor

Prof. Nussbaum has a particular interest in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, political philosophy, feminism, and ethics, including animal rights.


Assistant Professor

Dr. Bermúdez's research interests are around language and its use in the construction of identity, identifications, and racializations. They have extensive experience working with Indigenous people in Central America on expression of verbal art, and otherwise, are interested in describing the construction of gender through linguistic means. They teach courses in the Linguistics Department including Speech Play and Verbal Art; Language, Gender, and Sexuality; Latinxidad; and Field Methods in Linguistic Research.


My broad interests lie in the area of meaning (semantics), and its relation to linguistic form (morphology and syntax). I am also interested in how sentences are used in context (pragmatics) to produce, and enrich, meaning, as well as questions about the foundations of semantics and philosophy of language (mainly questions regarding truth, belief, and context sensitivity). I have worked on various topics in syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, and always within a comparative crosslinguistic perspective, which often includes a lot of typological and variation considerations. My crosslinguistic orientation is partly due to the fact that I am interested in describing the grammar of Greek, my mother tongue, and partly to the fact that I firmly believe that crosslinguistic comparisons are fundamental to our understanding of how grammar works. Besides Greek, I have also worked on Romance (Spanish and Catalan mainly), Germanic languages (German and Dutch), and recently, in joint work, Chinese and Basque. Recently, my interests have also been expanded in two areas: the internal structure (syntax and semantics) of the quantificational noun phrase (which is the source of inspiration for my book, co-edited with Monika Rathert, to appear with Oxford), and psycholinguistics (studying of home sign systems in collaboration with Susan Goldin Meadow and Carolyn Mylander from Psychology.) I am also interested in bilingualism.


Mabel Greene Myers Professor

Prof. Feldman is a cultural historian of European vernacular musics, ca. 1500–1950, with a concentration on Italy. Her projects have explored the senses and sensibilities of listeners, the interplay of myth, festivity, and kingship in opera, issues of cinema, media, and voice, issues of performance, and various incarnations of the musical artist. Her recent work deals with the life and afterlife of the castrato phenomenon in Rome, including in cinema, literature, psychoanalysis.


Prof. Kendrick is a music historian specializing in the history of music of early modern Europe and its intersections with religion, politics, gender, urban culture, and fine arts. His publications include Celestial Sirens: Nuns and Music in Early Modern Milan (Oxford, 1996), Chiara Margarita Cozzolani: The Complete Motets (A-R Editions, 1998), and The Sounds of Milan, 1585–1650 (2002, Oxford), as well as articles and reviews in Notes, Sixteenth- Century Journal, Music and Letters, Claudio Monteverdi: Studi e prospettivi, La musica italiana in Germania nei secoli XVI-XVII, and Il santuario della Madonna a Saronno. In addition, he has edited works in Women Composers: Music through the Ages (1995– ).

Associate Professor

My current book project explores gender and cultural translation in the devotional songs of the Bene Israel, a Marathi-speaking Jewish people from western India. I am particularly interested in how Bene Israel women have asserted community authority by (re)claiming repertories abandoned by men, emigres, and other religious communities.

Near Eastern Languages & Civilization

Associate Professor

Prof. Bashkin's research interests include Arab intellectual history, modern Iraqi history and the history of Arab-Jews in Iraq and Israel.

Assistant Professor of Modern Arabic Literature

Prof. Hayek works on the entangled relationships between literary and cultural production, space and place, and identity formation in Arabic literature from the 19th C to the present. Her current research explores the transnational imaginings of Lebanese diaspora through the lens of the sexual, racial and national anxieties that emigration elicits within Lebanon.

Morton D. Hull Distinguished Service Professor

Her main interests include Egyptian language and Egypt in the "Late Period" (1st millennium B.C.).


Prof. Roth researches and publishes on the legal and social history of the ancient Near East. Her primary interests have been on family law and on women's legal and social issues, and on the compilation and transmission law norms. Currently, she is working on a project on Mesopotamian law cases.


David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor

Prof. Vogler's research interests are in practical philosophy (particularly the strand of work in moral philosophy indebted to Elizabeth Anscombe), practical reason, Kant's ethics, Marx, and neo-Aristotelian naturalism. She has published essays in ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy and literature, cinema, psychoanalysis, gender studies, sexuality studies, and other areas.

Political Science

David and Mary Winton Green Professor

Prof. Cohen's general field of specialization is American politics, although her research interests include African-American politics, women and politics, lesbian and gay politics, and social movements.

Assistant Professor

Prof. Kasimis writes and teaches on classical Greek and contemporary political thought, democratic citizenship and migration, ideas of difference, and feminist thought and queer theory.

Assistant Professor

Rochelle Terman studies international norms, gender, and advocacy, with a focus on the Muslim world. Her current book project, Backlash: Defiance, Human Rights, and the Politics of Shame, investigates counter-productive consequences of global “naming and shaming” campaigns.

Mary R. Morton Professor

Prof. Wedeen specializes in comparative politics, the Middle East, political theory, and feminist theory. She is currently working on a book about ideological interpellation, neoliberal autocracy, and generational change in present-day Syria.

Charles E. Merriam Distinguished Professor

Prof. Zerilli's research subjects range across feminist thought, the politics of language, aesthetics, democratic theory, and Continental philosophy. Her current book project is titled Towards a Democratic Theory of Judgment.

Romance Languages & Literatures

Assistant Professor of Spanish Literature; Academic Careers Adviser

Larissa Brewer-García specializes in colonial Latin American studies, with a focus on cultural productions of the Caribbean and Andes and the African diaspora in the Iberian empire. Within these areas, her research and teaching interests include the relationship between literature and law, genealogies of race and racism, humanism and Catholicism in the early modern Atlantic, and translation studies. Her current book project, Beyond Babel: Translation and the Making of Blackness in Colonial Spanish America, examines the influence of black interpreters and go-betweens in the creation and circulation of notions of blackness in writings from sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spanish America. She is also working on Saints’ Lives of the Early Black Atlantic, a translation and critical edition of hagiographies of individuals of African descent written in Spanish from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Associate Professor

Professor Delogu's scholarship focuses on the political literature of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, and also includes articles on late medieval lyric works. She sees her research as grappling with the ways in which individuals construct their sense of identity in relation to a social order that is itself in flux, subject to conflict and renegotiation of roles. In her current book project, provisionally titled Power, Gender, and Lineage in Late Medieval France: 'douce France' and the University of Paris, 'fille du roy', she looks at the diverse literary responses to the political troubles that plagued the reign of Charles VI (1380–1422).

Associate Professor

Prof. James' research and teaching interests are in twentieth and twenty-first century French literature, with a particular focus on postwar experimental writing (both poetry and prose), the Oulipo group, representations of everyday life, and the connections between literature and philosophy.

Associate Professor

Prof. Lugo-Ortiz is a specialist in nineteenth-century Latin American literature, and in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Caribbean cultural history. Her work focuses on questions concerning the relationships between cultural production and the formation of modern socio-political identities. She is also the author of numerous essays that address the interconnections between queer sexualities, gender and anti-colonial politics in twentieth-century Puerto Rico.


Prof. Maggi's scholarship includes works on Renaissance and baroque culture, literature, and philosophy with particular focus on treatises on love, religious texts, and the relationship of word and image. He is also an expert of Christian mysticism, with works on medieval, Renaissance, and baroque women mystics. His latest works are a book on the modern poet and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini and an edited volume on Petrarch.

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor in Latin American Literature

My research focuses on performance, race, gender and sexuality in Latin America and the Caribbean in the 21st century. My work engages questions of racial impersonation in performance and visual art and its relationship to discourses of mestizaje and non-racialism in the region.

Associate Professor

Prof. Steinberg's scholarship focuses on medieval Italian literature, especially on Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch, the early lyric, manuscript culture, and literary historiography. His interests include the intersection of legal and literary culture and the history of the book.

Director of the Italian Language Program; Languages Across the Curriculum Coordinator; Senior Instructional Professor

Veronica Vegna’s scholarship and research interests center on Italian cinema, language and culture acquisition, Italian-American literature, and literature of migration. She is the author of Donne, mafia e cinema: una prospettiva interdisciplinare (Ravenna: Longo Editore, 2017), a critical study of gender roles and the representation of the mafia in contemporary Italian cinema. She is a Senior Instructional Professor, the Director of the Italian Language Program, and the Coordinator of the Languages Across the Curriculum Program.

Slavic Languages & Literatures


Over the years, Prof. Shallcross' research interests have evolved from the focus on the verbal-visual interrelationship through the questions of identity, in particular, those manifested in diverse modes of habitation to a discourse on objects and material culture.

Associate Professor of Russian and East European Studies

My work on gender and sexuality abides in spaces where the uneasy tension between its essentialist and constructivist discourses dwells and so it is mass culture phantasies, especially as these are mediatized in horror and thriller films, manga, and objects (toys, decor, chachkies). This research has so far focused on narratives and enactments of transgender "monstrosity," child sexuality, and rape and rape revenge. My work also looks to canonical literature and art—and these also vis-à-vis their popular imaginaries. Here I concentrate on the work of Vladimir Nabokov, (global) Surrealism, and the theory and fiction of Georges Bataille.

Social Service Administration

Associate Professor

Prof. Bouris' primary research areas are in the identification of parental influences on adolescent and young adult sexual behavior and health. She is particularly interested in developing interventions and practice recommendations to help parents prevent sexually transmitted infections, HIV infection, and unplanned pregnancies among their adolescent and young adult children.

Associate Professor

Prof. Carr is interested in the ways people talk about social problems, and how that talk shapes social work interventions. She sustains particular interests in cultural and clinical theories of addiction, the politics of therapeutic practices, and both everyday and explicitly formalized modes of political communication-especially in relation to gender, race and sexuality. Her current research focuses on American social workers' theories of language, and how those theories influence interactions with clients.

Assistant Professor

Prof. Ewing is a qualitative sociologist of education whose work is focused on the ways that large-scale social structures such as racism and social inequality impact the lived experiences of young people in urban public schools. She teaches courses on the role of race in American public schooling and the social meaning of race. Her current research is focused on young people's "consent scripts"-- the social scripts they use to make meaning of the notion of consent in interpersonal relationships.

Assistant Professor

Gina Fedock is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Service Administration. Her work centers on improving women's physical and mental health and spans the boundaries of public health, criminal justice, and social work. Her research focuses on women’s interactions with formal systems (e.g. medical and criminal-legal systems) and examines influencing factors on women’s health. In addition, she integrates women's experiences of gender-based violence, such as sexual violence and intimate partner violence, into her research. Through a human rights framework, her work advocates for addressing social injustices in order to improve women's health and wellbeing.

Associate Professor

Prof. Henly's fields of special interest include family poverty, child care and welfare policy, work-family strategies of low-wage workers, informal support networks, and employment discrimination.

Associate Professor

Professor Johnson teaches social welfare policy and human behavior in the social environment and research methods. A family research scholar, his substantive research focuses on male roles and involvement in African American families, nonresident fathers in fragile families, and the physical and psychosocial health statuses of African American males. As a research methodologist, he is interested in the use of qualitative research methods in guiding policy and practice research.

Assistant Professor

Prof. Ma's work explores how the body—its health, illness, and disability—become a site for technical interventions, ethical practices, and population governance. Her current projects examine family care and community management of people with serious mental illnesses, as well as the rise of a disability rights movement, both in the context of contemporary China. She is also a disability rights activist, working particularly at the intersection of gender and disability.

George Herbert Jones Distinguished Service Professor

Prof. Marsh is broadly interested in the organization and delivery of social services and in treatment process and outcome, especially for services and treatments with women and children. Her current research focuses on gender differences in the impact of substance abuse treatment with a particular focus on the role of the client-provider relationship.

Hermon Dunlap Smith Professor

Prof. Roderick is an expert in urban school reform, high stakes testing, minority adolescent development, and school transitions. Her work has focused attention on the transition to high school as a critical point in students' school careers and her new work examines the transition to college among Chicago Public School students. In prior work, Professor Roderick led a multi-year evaluation of Chicago's initiative to end social promotion. She has conducted research on school dropout, grade retention, and the effects of summer programs. She is an expert in mixing qualitative and quantitative methods in evaluation.

Assistant Instructional Professor

S. Simmons is a qualitative scholar and educator who believes in the power of stories. S’s current research interests center the lives of queer and trans people in and out of collegiate environments, specifically their identity, personal, and professional development and experiences. With interests in social identity and social justice, S’s teaches courses on Self-Awareness, Intergroup Dialogue, Human Behavior, and Trans* Experiences.

Associate Professor

Prof. Sites' fields of interest include urban studies, community organization, politics, movements and social theory. He teaches courses in political processes, urban political economy, community organization, and the role of theory in research. His current research interests include contemporary immigrant mobilization, the history of labor politics and urban governance in the American metropolis, and the political economy of music and culture in post-World War II Chicago


William Rainey Harper Professor

Prof. Clemens works at the intersection of political, organizational, and historical sociology. Her past research addressed the role of social movements and voluntary organizations in processes of institutional change. Her 1997 book The People's Lobby was based on comparisons of labor, agrarian, and women's associations. Her current research addresses how formal political institutions structure organizational fields in the context of both state expansion and contemporary policies of privatization. Prof. Clemens is now completing a book that traces the tense but powerful entanglements of benevolence and liberalism in the development of the American nation-state.

Assistant Professor

Kimberly Kay Hoang’s research interests center on sociology of gender, globalization, economic sociology, and qualitative methods. A central focus of her work is to understand the gendered dynamics of deal brokering in Southeast Asia’s emerging markets. In 2015, she published the monograph Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work that examines the mutual construction of masculinities, financial deal-making, and transnational political-economic identities. This ethnography takes an in-depth and personal look at both sex workers and their clients to show how high finance and benevolent giving are intertwined with relationships of intimacy in Vietnam’s informal economy.

She is currently conducting research for her second book project, which involves a comparative study of the articulation of inter-Asian flows of capital and foreign investment in Southeast Asia.

Director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality
Associate Professor

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.

Associate Professor

Prof. Trinitapoli works at the intersection of social demography and the sociology of religion, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Her current work is concerned with sexual and reproductive health, including fertility, and cultural change.

Lucy Flower Professor

Prof. Waite's research interests include social demography, aging, the family, health, working families, the link between biology, psychology and the social world. Her current research focuses on the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP), a study which has at its core a national survey of older adults first interviewed in 2005 and 2006.

South Asian Languages & Civilizations

Associate Professor

Prof. Ebeling's research interests include modern and classical Tamil language and literature, in particular nineteenth-century literary culture, South Indian cultures, religion in Angkorean Cambodia, and comparative literary studies. Currently he is working on two book projects: a history of the present moment in contemporary Tamil writing, mapping the genealogies of contemporary Tamil literary production from a global perspective; and a monograph with the working title The Imperial Rise of the Novel, which will address the connections between Western imperialism, Asian modernities and the global history of the novel, discussing a wide range of texts from Europe and Asia (India, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia).

Associate Professor

Prof. Majumdar's interests span histories of Indian cinema, gender and marriage in colonial India, and Indian intellectual thought in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is currently engaged in two projects: a history of the film society movement in India from 1947 to 1977, and an intellectual history of key concepts such as society, civility, and civilization in the Hindu and Muslim Bengali contexts during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Professor; Director of Graduate Studies

Professor Stark specializes in modern Hindi literature and South Asian book history. Her research and teaching focus on the cultural and intellectual history of North India in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with an emphasis on print culture, gender, and education. Her work addresses the production of textbook and advice literature for women as well as social reform efforts directed at women. Her current work explores missionary print and the coming of the book in nineteenth-century rural India.

Theater & Performance Studies

Director of Undergraduate Studies for TAPS; Senior Lecturer

Heidi Coleman is the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Performance Programs for Theater and Performance Studies, as well and the Founder/Director of Chicago Performance Lab. She has worked professionally as a director and dramaturg in New York City and San Francisco as well as Chicago. She has collaborated with Anne Bogart, Andrei Serban, Tina Landau, Frank Galati, and Tony Kushner; taught in Columbia University’s Theater MFA and English departments; and has most recently participated in Steppenwolf’s First Look Series. At the University she continuously participates in arts initiatives including the planning and completion of the Reva and David Logan Arts Center. Her work focuses on the integration of theory and practice, in both artistic and programmatic arenas, with a lifelong dedication to new work development.

Visual Arts

Professor of Practice

Prof. Hoffman's research interests include documentary cinema and video, video and film production, ethnographic film and issues of representation and cultural ownership, cinéma verité and the participant camera, The Guerilla Television Movement, political film and video, and Chicago Film History.


Prof. Letinsky's research and artistic interests include the artistic practice of black and white and color photography, feminist issues of representation and identity in mainstream genres—in particular romance, erotica, and pornography—land visual cultures of art and cinema.

Assistant Professor

Phillips’ artistic practice is framed by intellectual interests in psychoanalytic and Black feminist thought, as well as Postcolonial questions and issues of social Belonging. Her research includes an examination of power dynamics within interpersonal relationships, and their reflection of larger systemic socio-political struggles.

Julia Phillips, Penetrator (#3), 2017, salt glazed ceramics, metal pedestal, courtesy: the artist