Bernard E. & Ellen C. Sunny Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology and of Social Sciences in the College, and in the Clinical Scholars Program, Comaroff has conduced fieldwork in southern Africa and Great Britain and is interested in colonialism, modernity, ritual, power, and consciousness. Her specific foci of study have included the religion of the Southern Tswana peoples (past and present); colonialism and Christian evangelism and liberation struggles in southern Africa; healing and bodily practice, and the making of local worlds in the wake of global "modernity" and commodification. Her current research concerns problems of public order, state sovereignty and policing in postcolonial contexts, and the challenging relation of legitimacy to force.
Dawdy is an archaeologist and historical anthropologist concentrating on the Atlantic World after 1450. Most of her research focuses on New Orleans from the eighteenth century to the present. Recent research has focused on the sexual division of labor in the Atlantic Economy as viewed from port cities, as well as the sexualization of landscape through colonialism and tourism. Teaching interests include a course on the Archaeology of Gender, Sexuality, and Family.
Mae & Sidney G. Metzl Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology, of Linguistics, and of Social Sciences in the College, 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.
Professor of Anthropology and of Social Sciences in the College and Director of the Center for International Studies, Morrison studies the archaeology and historical anthropology of South Asia with a focus on precolonial and early colonial South India. Her interests include state formation and power relations, agricultural organization and change, colonialism and imperialism, landscape history, urbanism, urban-rural relations, botanical analysis, Holocene hunting and gathering, and the integration of archaeological, historical, and ecological analysis.
Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology, of Linguistics, and of Psychology and in the Committee on Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, Silverstein studies language structure and its functional contextualization, language history and prehistory, the anthropology of language use, sociolinguistics, semiotics, language and cognition (and their development), and history of linguistic and ethnographic studies. His fieldwork in northwestern North America and northwestern Australia has been the basis of various descriptive, theoretical and generalizing contributions. He is also investigating language use and textuality as sites of contestation and transformation of cultural value in contemporary American society, reconceptualizing sociocultural and rhetorical practices in light of the semiotic anthropology of communication.
Contemporary American art. Among other subjects, English has written extensively on the work of Kara Walker, an artist known for large-scale, quasi-historical, cut-paper tableaux representing the imbrication of sex, gender, and race in US culture.
Chinese Art and Archaeology, research specialization in Northern Song Dynasty landscape painting (tenth to eleventh centuries) within institutional and architectural contexts. Foong's ongoing interests include word and image issues, such as the interplay between visual evidence and poetic description; literati and literary culture, society, and identity; collecting and connoisseurship, museum acquisitions and exhibitions. Current research is on spatial strategies in early Chinese visual culture.
Western medieval art and architecture. Kumler's research interests include visual forms of theological discourse; translation and its theorizations; the illumination of didactic literature; late medieval antiquarianism; allegory and allegoresis in the visual arts; and the semiotics of the Eucharist.
19th and 20th century art. Ward's 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.
Early Chinese Art. Wu's special research interests include relationships between visual forms (architecture, bronze vessels, pictorial carvings and murals, etc.) and ritual, social memory, and political discourses.
Late medieval and Renaissance art, primarily French and Italian. Zorach's research interests include gender studies and critical theory; print culture and technology; new media and tactical media; contemporary Thai art. Current interests include mathematics, imagination and neoplatonism; art, religion and the body; print collecting and antiquarianism in the early modern period; and collaborative process in contemporary art/activism.
Chief Section of Family Planning and Contraceptive Research; Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Gilliam conducts research on unintended pregnancy. She identifies those populations that are most vulnerable to unintended pregnancy including teens, Latinas and African Americans and then uses qualitative and quantitative methods to use psycho, social and biological frameworks to describe reasons for unintended pregnancy and to design interventions. Thus, Dr. Gilliam studies teen pregnancy, postpartum pregnancy and conduct clinical trials focusing on new contraceptive methods and innovative interventions with existing methods.
Section of Gastroenterology; Associate Professor of Medicine; Department 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 the underserved and minority populations. Dr. Kim 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.
Osadjan is interested in the influence that biology has on the formation of gender. He studies and teaches this primarily from the human perspective but also from the perspective of humans as animals. His class for non-biology majors considers what science says about the biology of the sexes, from genes to behaviors and beyond. His academic interests include adaptation to stressful environments, comparative physiology and neuroscience.
CINEMA & MEDIA STUDIES
Cinema History and Theory; Theory of the Avant-Garde; Film Aesthetics; Spectatorship and Visuality; Feminist Theory and Counter Cinema; Experimental Film; French Cinema; and the cinema's relationship to the other arts. Wild's work explores problems of film historiography and aesthetics.
Bartsch is the Ann L. and Lawrence B. Buttenwieser Professor of Classics and faculty for the Program in the Ancient Mediterranean World. Bartsch's research interestes have recently been focused on the study of ancient Greco-Roman sexuality, especially the relationship between same-sex eros and philosophical thought. Bartsch's current projects inlude inter alia, a study of the gendered quality of metaphor in antiquity.
David Wriay'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 am currently focusing on relations and relatedness in classical epic and drama.
COMPARATIVE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
Cultural anthropology, psychological anthropology, social processes of memory and forgetting, colonialism and post-colonial identity, adolescence and globalization, charismatic churches, Africa and Madagascar. Her recent work focuses on sex-for-money exchange, prostitution and Internet marriage between Malagasy women and French men. She is broadly interested in studying changing intimacies in the context of globalization, and teaches several classes on the topic including "African Intimacies" (Winter 2005) and "The Wages of Love: Love and Money in a Transnational World" (Spring 2006).
Language and gender/sexuality, transgender, prostitution, disability, psychoanalysis and social science, humor, the species boundary. Books include "Travesti: sex, gender and culture among Brazilian transgendered prostitutes" (1998), "Language and Sexuality" (with Deborah Cameron, 2003), "Fat: the anthropology of an obsession" (edited with Anne Meneley, 2005).
Behavioral ecology with a focus on social development, kin recognition mechanisms and anti-predator responses and their development in ground squirrels. Stress, learning, and development in an ecological context. Human behavioral ecology and Darwinian health.
Psychotherapeutic process and outcome; comparative analysis of psychotherapeutic systems; personality and interpersonal relationships; love relationships through the life cycle; theories of self, culture, and society; Freud's psychological writings.
Chin's research and teaching interests include Han dynasty literature and culture; ancient inter-cultural exchange, particularly in relation to the Silk Road; comparative studies of early Greek and Chinese texts; modern uses of ancient texts; and gender and sexuality studies. Chin is associated faculty in the departments of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and of Classics, and is a member of the Committee on Central Eurasian Studies (CCES).
Literary theory; psychoanalysis and literature; 19th-century German and French literature; French symbolism and philosophy. Meltzer's new project examines the notion of rupture (in history, philosophy, architecture and literature) as read in the events surrounding 1848 in France.
Brekus is an American religious historian whose research focuses on the colonial, early national, and antebellum periods. She specializes in the history of women and religion, and is also interested in revivalism, slave religion, children, and popular religious movements. Brekus is the author of Strangers and Pilgrims: Female Preaching in America, 1740-1845, which explores the rise of Protestant female preaching during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and the editor of The Religious History of American Women: Reimagining the Past, a collection of essays that asks how women's history changes our understanding of American religion. She is currently writing Sarah Osborn's World: The Rise of Evangelicalism in Early America, a book about the early evangelical movement based on an eighteenth-century woman's manuscript diaries.
Kris 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.
Jean Elshtain is a political philosopher whose task has been to show the connections between our political and ethical convictions. Previous courses have included: Politics, Ethics, and Terror; Political Realism; Just War and Politics; War and Human Identity; Augustine or Rousseau?; History of Social and Political Ethics; Ethics and Autobiography; Origins; Freud's Ethics; Politics, Ethics, and Embodiment.
Lucy Pick is a historian of medieval religious thought and practice. Her current research and teaching interests include the relationships between gender and religion, connections between historical writing and theology, the development of monastic thought and practice, reading and writing as spiritual exercises, and the ways in which religion shapes lives through ritual.
EAST ASIAN LANGUAGES & CIVILIZATION
Choi's research interests include 20th century Korean literature, with focus on the relationship between history and literary representation as well as on family relations and generations; colonial culture concerning gender, nationalism, and collaboration; studies of disasters, trauma and autobiography; writings of women of color and feminist criticism.
Social history of the Chinese countryside in the 20th century; history of gender, technology, and work. Eyferth's 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.
Field's research interests include questions of gender and contemporary politics and culture in Japan; revising translation as a legitimate scholarly activity in the Japan area as part of an effort to gain historical self-onsciousness about Japanese studies in the U.S. with a view to the near future; various aspects of Japanese modernity in relation to global capitalism.
Zeitlin's research interests include 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; currently completing a book on ghosts and the Chinese literary imagination, and co-editing, with Lydia Liu, a volume on writing and materiality in Chinese culture; publications include: "Historian of the Strange: Pu Songling and the Chinese Classical Tale" and "Shared Dreams: The Story of the Three Wives' Commentary on The Peony Pavilion."
James J. Heckman is the Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and the College at the University of Chicago. He works on problems related to inequality, its origins and the development of capabilities through family investment and social interactions. He has studied women's wages and labor supply and problems of discrimination. He also evaluates public policy using quantitative and qualitative methods.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE
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. Professor of English and Director of the Center for Gender Studies. 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.
19th and 20th-Century American Literature; Popular Genres; Marxist Theory and Gender Theory; Naturalism; Modern Poetry. Currently, Brown is working on the intersection of literary, visual, and material cultures, with an emphasis on "object relations in an expanded field."
Neubauer Family Assistant Professor. Contemporary Literature; Twentieth-Century American Literature; Visual Culture; Word and Image Studies; Nonfiction Narrative; Popular Culture; Feminist and Gender Theory. Chute is the author of Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics, which examines how feminist authors today use the medium of comics, working with words and images, to expand both autobiography and graphic storytelling. Her work has appeared in PMLA, Modern Fiction Studies, and Women's Studies Quarterly (special issue on Witness). Her teaching and research currently focus on how comics, among other innovative forms, approach and respond to the question of narrating history.
Bradin Cormack specializes in sixteenth- and seventeenth- century British literature, with a focus on poetry and drama as they relate to early legal culture. In addition to drama, poetry, and law, his teaching and research interests include political theory, early nationalism and imperialism, the material history of the book, and the history of disciplinarity in relation to the idea and practice of literary authorship.
Latina/o literary and cultural history, from the colonial period to the 1940s. Coronado's work emphasizes the contemporary, social meaning of writing. His current book project, tentatively titled Competing American Modernities: Politics, Publishing, and the Making of a U.S. Latina/o Literary Culture focuses on the development of a print and literary culture in the US Southwest.
Gandhi's research and teaching interests include sixteenth and seventeenth-century drama, the culture of late-Victorian radicalism, Indo-Anglian literature, and Postcolonial theory. To date, her scholarly work has been driven by a methodological impulse toward disciplinary intersection and an accompanying inclination toward the overlapping and intertwined legacies borne of colonial encounter.
19th-Century British History; the Novel; Popular Culture; Cultural Theory; Expository Prose. Professor Hadley is currently completing a book, Living Liberalism, which examines specific cultural manifestations of Victorian liberalism — the ballot, the political celebrity, the periodical signature.
19th Century British Literature and Art History; Pre-Raphaelite and Aesthetic Movements; Victorian Poetry and Poetics; History and Fiction (history and theory of their relations since 1750); British Cultural Nationalism; Landscape (art, literature, criticism); Victorian Women Writers; Feminist Criticism and Theory. Her currnet work is on Pre-Raphaelite Arts: Poetry, Painting, Collection, and Design in the 1860s [working title] (focusing particularly on William Morris, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and the interrelations among their poetry, prose, painting, and design work between c. 1855 and 1880). Her other projects include an anthology of primary-source readings on Victorian housing.
Puritanism; Early American Literature and Culture; 19th-Century American Literature and Art. She is currently working on "The Word Made Flesh: Reading Women and the Bible", "Spirit Worlds: Confessional Narratives and Radical Spiritualities in Early America", and "Governing Beliefs: Piety, Discipline, and the Construction of Heresy in Colonial New England"
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.
Late 20th-Century U.S. Poetry and Literature; Cultural Criticism; Gender Theories. She is finishing a book which interprets postwar confessional poetry and changing norms of self-disclosure in relation to Supreme Court decisions establishing the right to privacy and analyzes how shifting definitions of privacy transformed understandings of the citizen and public sphere. Her work has appeared in Feminist Studies and Home/Making: The Poetics and Politics of Home, and her essay on Paul Monette received the CLAGS prize for best student essay of 1995.
20th-Century British and American Fiction; Psychoanalysis; Feminism; Anthropology and Literature. She is currently working on The Flight from Knowing.
Jennifer 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.
16th- and 17th-Century Poetry; 17th-Century Prose; Shakespeare; General Problems in Poetry and Poetics; 20th-Century Poetry and Criticism. Professor Strier has completed an essay called "Milton against Humility" and is currently working on an essay on The Tempest for another collection he is co-editing, and he projects a book on women poets.
American and British Fiction, especially Gothic Literature; James; Psychoanalysis; Stylistics; Feminism. He is currently working on essays dealing with The Turn of the Screw and Lacanian criticism. In addition, Veeder is writing a book on Ambrose Bierce and San Francisco Gothic and a novel titled Pierce.
Charles E. Merriam Distinguished Professor of Political Science and the College; Professor of Gender Studies. Democratic theory, feminist theory, and continental philosophy.
Levin is Associate Professor in the Deptartment of Germanic Studies, in the Committee on Cinema/Media Studies, and in the Committee on Theater and Performance Studies (a division of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities). Levin's recent work focuses on the aesthetics and politics of performance in opera, drama, and cinema. In 1994, he edited Opera Opera Through Other Eyes (Stanford University Press); his Richard Wagner, Fritz Lang, and the Nibelungen: The Dramaturgy of Disavowal was published by Princeton University Press in 1998. His latest book Unsettling Opera: Staging Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, and Zemlinsky has just been published by the University of Chicago Press.
Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century European Social History, with a focus on France and Germany; Gender History and Theory Aesthetics and Politics; Everyday Life; Metropolitan and Colonial Nationalism; Comparative History. 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, and most recently, of Jewish history.
Jane Dailey is a historian of the modern US interested in politics and law, especially relating to questions of civil rights, race and gender.
Modern Russia and Soviet Union; Soviet Social, Political, and Cultural History, 1917-1953; Social Identity; Social Mobility; Bureaucratic Politics; Peasant Studies. Sheila Fitzpatrick is a historian of modern Russia (the Soviet Union) and the twentieth century.
Modern European Intellectual History; Modern France; History of Psychiatry; Conceptions of Selfhood and Identity. Jan Goldstein's research and teaching focus onthe intellectual and cultural history of Europe, especially, France, from the 18th through the 20th centuries, with an emphasis on the developmentof the human sciences.
Chicano History; Race and Ethnicity in American Life; Chicano/Latino Studies; Indian-White Relations in the Americas; Social and Economic History of the Southwest; Colonial Latin America; Mexican Immigration.
Central Africa; history of women, sexuality, and gender; urban history; customary and modern law; post-colonial social and cultural history.
Emily Osborn is a social and political historian of West Africa whose research focuses on precolonial and colonial state-craft and gender. Her work also considers the history of slavery in Africa, labor and migration, material culture, and processes of technology transfer and diffusion.
African-American and Caribbean History; Comparative Slavery and Emancipations. Julie Saville's research and teaching are focused on plantation societies of the southern United States and regions of the Caribbean from the 18th through the 20th centuries. She is especially interested in how broad historical changes during the era of trans-Atlantic slave emancipations are related to daily life, the social relations of labor, and popular forms of political expression.
United States Gender, Legal, and Intellectual History. Amy Dru 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, andlegal history; gender, labor, slavery, and emancipation.
Women's and gender history; Antebellum U.S. social and political history; American cultural history; History of human rights and post-catastrophic societies.
History of Science and Medicine since 1700; History of human sciences; Modern British history and Victorian Studies; Gender; History of intellectual authority and popular culture; Human sciences and the law.
Zahra's field is modern European history with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; she is interested in transnational and comparative history; nationalism, childhood, gender and family, war and occupation, borderlands, migration and displacement.
Gender and nationality, gender and cyber-space, history of media.
Committee on the Ancient Mediterranean World. Professor in the New Collegiate Division and the Humanities Division. Olmsted studies ancient and Renaissance/Reformation English rhetoric and literary history by employing structuralist and rhetorical methods. She has recently worked on Renaissance/Reformation representations of emotions pertinent to competition for honor as they are informed by Homer's epics, Aristotle's Rhetoric and Politics and Roman writers such as Cicero and Quintilian and is currently writing for Blackwell Publishing a book, entitled Rhetoric: An Historical Introduction.
Contemporary Social, Political, and Ethical Theory, History of Modern Social, Political, and Ethical Theory (particularly Anglo-American), GLBT Studies, Philosophy of Social Science. Senior Lecturer in the Humanities (Philosophy Dept.), Director of the Civic Knowledge Project, Special Programs Coordinator at the Graham School.
Feminist jurisprudence, constitutional law, European legal systems, 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.
Ancient philosophy, ethics and the philosophy of literature.
Early modern music, including cinquecento secular music and literature, Venetian studies, eighteenth-century opera, Mozart studies, Elizabethan music and poetry. Theoretical interests include cultures of the sensororium, historiography, cultural history, cultural history, and anthropological theories of kingship,carnival, sacrifice, etc.
Robert 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- ).
NEAR EASTERN LANGUAGES & CIVILIZATION
Modern Middle Eastern History
Demotic, Egyptian Grammar, Hellenistic Egypt, Women in Ancient Egypt
Cuneiform Law, Mesopotamian Family History, Mesopotamian Social History.
Candace Vogler is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy and the College at the University of Chicago. She has authored two books, John Stuart Mill's Deliberative Landscape: An essay in moral psychology (Routledge, 2001) and Reasonably Vicious (Harvard University Press, 2002) and essays in ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy and literature, cinema, psychoanalysis, gender studies, sexuality studies, and other areas. Her 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.
Cathy J. Cohen, is the David and Mary Winton Green Professor of Political Science. Cohen is the author of the book The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics (University of Chicago Press, 1999) and the co-editor with Kathleen Jones and Joan Tronto of Women Transforming Politics: An Alternative Reader (NYU, 1997). Her work has been published in numerous journals and edited volumes including the American Political Science Review, GLQ, NOMOS, and Social Text. Cohen is also editor with Frederick Harris of a new book series from Oxford Press entitled "Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities." Her 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.
Associate Professor Patchen Markell has wide-ranging interests in contemporary social and political theory and the history of political thought, cutting across divisions between continental and Anglo-American, ancient and modern, textual and contextual. He has written or taught on such themes as the politics of recognition, democratic theory, the nature of agency, culture and domination, the symbolic politics of gender and sexuality, responsibility, universalism, "constitutional patriotism," and the role of affect in politics; and on such figures as Sophocles, Aristotle, Herder, Marx, Hegel, Arendt, Habermas, Taylor and Kymlicka. He has recently completed a book entitled Bound by Recognition, and he has published essays and reviews in Political Theory, Ethics, Constellations, and elsewhere. He is a co-director of the Political Theory Workshop, a member of the Late Liberalism Project at the Center for Gender Studies, a member of the board of Wilder House, and a member of the editorial committee of Public Culture.
Professor of Political Science Lisa Wedeen specializes in comparative politics, the Middle East, political theory, and feminist theory. In addition to various articles, Wedeen is the author of Ambiguities of Domination: Politics, Rhetoric and Symbols in Contemporary Syria (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999) and Peripheral Visions: Politics, Power, and Performance in Yemen (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, Forthcoming, Spring 2008).
Charles E. Merriam Distinguished Professor of Political Science and the College; Professor of Gender Studies. Democratic theory, feminist theory, and continental philosophy. Professor Zerilli has a Half-Line appointment with the Center for Gender Studies.
Lives over time and within context, using both narrative and counted data perspectives; sexual idenity, developmental psychopathology and family process, family and personality development, aging, self and family.
Mechanisms and function of estrous and menstrual synchrony; facultative adjustment of sex ratios; pheromonal communication; reproductive senescence; psychosomatics in obstetrics and gynecology; and the behavioral modulation of the immune function. Working with animals and humans, I have concentrated on the social and behavioral control of fertility and reproductive hormones. In addition, I am interested in the role of hormone-behavior interactions in development throughout the life span.
Psychological anthropology and cultural psychology, with special reference to the anthropology of thought and cross-cultural human development; symbol systems and intellectual processes; cultural belief systems; culture and moral development; rationality and moral reasoning; person perception; concepts of the person; culture and health behavior; multiculturalism, immigration and norm conflict between cultures.
ROMANCE LANGUAGES & LITERATURES
Professor Austin studies Literature of the Americas and Translation Studies, focusing on modern and contemporary poetry. Her current research centers on Pablo Neruda and the material evidence of literary cross currents in the Americas, translations, collections and correspondence.
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 earned her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania, and has taught at Bowdoin College. Professor Delogu has published articles on Jean Froissart, Alain Chartier, Christine de Pizan, Philippe de Mézières, and Jean d'Arras. She is currently at work on a book entitled Theorizing the Ideal Sovereign: Royal Biography in the Late Middle Ages.
Assistant Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. Teaching and research interests: twentieth-century French literature; contemporary literature; autobiography; experimental poetics; theories and representations of the everyday; philosophy and literature. Alison James's current book project examines the documentary impulse and the borders of fact and fiction in twentieth-century and contemporary French literature.
Agnes 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.
Professor 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. Prof. Maggi is also an expert of Christian mysticism, with works on medieval, Renaissance, and baroque women mystics. His latest works are, however, a book on the modern poet and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini and an edited volume on Petrarch.
Larry F. Norman focuses on the literature of French and European seventeenth and eighteenth century, and theater across the ages. His interests include theater history, book history, intellectual and cultural history, literary criticism and theory, relation between the visual arts and literature.
Professor Weaver is a scholar of early modern Italian literature and language. She is the author of articles on the Italian epic-chivalric tradition (on Boiardo, Berni, and Ariosto), on Boccaccio's Decameron, and on the writing of women, especially convent women.
Professor West's scholarly work concentrates on the areas of modern and contemporary Italian literature and culture, especially lyric poetry and narrative; on Italian and Italian American cinema; and on gender studies, with a particular interest in feminist theory and practice, and constructions of masculinity.
SLAVIC LANGUAGES & LITERATURES
Bozena Shallcross works in the area of 20th century Polish literature and the visual arts; her other interdisciplinary research interests include the "thing" discourse, as well as the interrelationship between questions of identity and the home.
SOCIAL SERVICE ADMINISTRATION
Alida M. Bouris is an Assistant Professor in the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration. Her primary research areas are in the identification of parental influences on adolescent and young adult sexual behavior and health. Professor Bouris 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.
Summerson Carr is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Service Administration. She is also Associate Faculty in the Department of Anthropology and at the Center for Gender Studies. Professor 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.
Julia R. Henly is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Service Administration and faculty affiliate of the University of Chicago Center for Human Potential and Public Policy. Henly is also a research affiliate of the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan. Her 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.
Waldo E. Johnson, Jr. is Associate Professor at the School of Social Service Administration (SSA) and Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture (CSRPC). At SSA, Professor Johnson teaches social welfare policy and human behavior in the social environment in the M.A. program and research methods in the M.A. and Ph.D. programs. 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.
Jeanne C. 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. 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.
Melissa Roderick is the Hermon Dunlap Smith Professor at the School of Social Service Administration and is a co-director at the Consortium on Chicago School Research. Professor 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.
William Sites is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. His fields of interest include urban studies, community organization, politics, movements and social theory. At SSA, Professor Sites teaches courses in political processes, urban political economy, community organization, and the role of theory in research.
Froma Walsh is the Mose and Sylvia Firestone Professor in the School of Social Service Administration and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Pritzker School of Medicine, at the University of Chicago. In addition, she is co-director of the Chicago Center for Family Health. Her fields of special interest include family systems and developmental theory, family resilience practice applications, family and couples therapy, end-of-life issues, recovery from trauma and loss, and contemporary family diversity and challenges.
She 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. Based on comparisons of labor, agrarian, and women's associations, The People's Lobby (Chicago 1997) received the Max Weber Award and the prize for distinguished publication in political sociology. Her current research addresses how formal political institutions structure organizational fields in the context of both state expansion and contemporary policies of privatization.
Professor Laumann's many research interests include research on human sexuality among older Americans, cross-nationally (in 29 countries and in China), sexuality in urban places, the spread of sexually transmitted infections vis sexual networks, subjective well-being, quality of life, and health status, social networks in various social contexts, and the urban legal profession.
Professor Schilt's research areas are on the the intersections between gender and sexuality research, with particular attention to the workplace. Her current project focuses on the experiences of transgender men in the workplace.
Professor Waite's research interests include the family, population, aging, and health. She teaches classes on Sociology of the Family, Introduction to Population, and Sociological Inquiry.
SOUTH ASIAN LANGUAGES & CIVILIZATIONS
Wendy Doniger's research and teaching interests revolve around two basic areas, Hinduism and mythology. Her courses in mythology address themes in cross-cultural expanses; her courses in Hinduism cover a broad spectrum that, in addition to mythology, considers literature, law, gender, and psychology. Cross-cultural offerings have included courses about death, dreams, evil, horses, sex, and women.
Modern and classical Tamil language and literature, in particular nineteenth-century literary culture, South Indian cultures, religion in Angkorean Cambodia, comparative literary studies.
History of gender, marriage, and family in India; modern Indian cultural and political history, modern Bengal, Indian cinema, postcolonial history and theory.
Hindi literature, in particular poetry, and the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Braj Bhasha poetry. Sexuality, gender, and literature. Colonialism and aesthetics. Religion and literature. Her current project addresses themes of nature, women, and affect in Hindi poetry, 1885-1935. She has a further interest in vernacular and visual renditions of the heroine (nayika) of Sanskrit poetics. Courses offered include: Gender and South Asian Literature (including film component), South Asian Literature and the Nation (including film and gender topics), Nature and Culture in South Asia, and courses in advanced Hindi and its literary dialects.
Documentary cinema and video; video and film production; ethnographic film and issues of representation and cultural ownership; cinema verite and the participant camera; The Guerilla Television Movement; political film and video; Chicago Film History.
Photography: artistic practice of black and white and color photography; feminist issues of representation and identity in mainstream genres, in particular romance, erotica, and pornography; visual cultures of art and cinema.