Initiatives

A launching pad for boundary-crossing ideas

Based on feedback and input from faculty, students, and other members of the UChicago community, the Division of the Social Sciences supports emerging programs that enrich and evolve the research and academic programs across departments, centers, and other units. Below are examples of current efforts:

 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

 

Established by division leadership to build upon the results of the May 2017 Report on Diversity and Equity in Faculty Life, the 2014 Report on the Status of Women in the Division, and the University’s Campus Climate Surveys, the Committee identifies and addresses specific issues within the Social Sciences for faculty, staff and graduate students. The committee plays a key role in creating a new diversity and inclusion plan, part of the campus-wide diversity initiative led by the Provost’s Office. Deputy Dean Mark Bradley is the committee convener. Committee membership is comprised of the following faculty: Cathy Cohen, Political Science; Susan Goldin-Meadow, Psychology; Faith Hillis, History; Eugene Raikhel, Comparative Human Development; Justin Richland, Anthropology; Matthias Staisch, Committee on International Relations for the MA programs; and Kristen Schilt, Sociology.

 

Student Affinity Organization

The Division is committed to fostering an environment that embraces all of our students’ experiences, backgrounds, and academic and non-academic interests and an inclusive culture that encourages collaboration, flexibility, fairness, and respect for one another’s experiences and ideas. To this end, Ph.D. students are encouraged to draw upon the resources of the Division to establish Student Affinity Organizations to promote a culture of inclusion and diversity of viewpoints. Learn more.

 

Teaching Fellows in the Social Sciences (TFSS)

A Program of Professional and Pedagogical Development

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

 

The Teaching Fellows Program is a competitive two-year program designed to enhance the pedagogical skills and extend research training for recent graduates of doctoral programs in the Division. The program fosters a learning community in which Fellows gain additional teaching experience and professionalization in preparation for the job market while continuing to advance their research agendas.

 

Individuals accepted to the program have demonstrated excellence in their original scholarship, as well as in teaching. The program provides guidance and support, drawing on the expertise of faculty mentors from departments along with the resources of the Chicago Center for Teaching and UChicago GRAD.

 

Emily Osborn, associate professor in the Department of History, is faculty director of the Teaching Fellows.

 

2019-2020 Teaching Fellows

 

David Ansari

Comparative Human Development

 

Ingrid Becker

Sociology

 

Carlos Cardenas-Iniguez

Psychology

 

Yung-Tsen Chen

Yung-Tsen Chen

Psychology

 

Suchismita Das

Anthropology

 

Resney Gugwor

Comparative Human Development

 

David Gutherz

Social Thought

 

Omie Hsu

Political Science

 

Jaewoong Jeon

History

 

Trish Kahle

History

 

Christopher Kindell

History

 

Nicholas Kryzcka

History

 

Zak Leonard

History

 

Tasneem Mandviwala

Comparative Human Development

 

Emily Masghati

History

 

Erin McFee

Anthropology

 

Lucas Guimaraes Pinheiro

Political Science

 

Justin Niermeier-Dohoney

History

 

Robert Reamer

Robert Reamer

Political Science

 

Adam Rowe

Adam Rowe

History

 

Sayantan Saha Roy

Anthropology

 

Erika Tschinkel

Erika Tschinkel

History

 

Konrad Weeda

Social Thought

 

Shenghe Ye

Comparative Human Development

 

Sarita Zaffini 

Political Science

 

Former Fellows

 

Amanda Blair, PhD'18 (Political Science), currently Research Program Officer in Learning, Evaluation, and Research, United States Institute of Peace

 

Guy Emerson Mount, PhD'17 (History), currently Assistant Professor, Auburn University

 

Daniel Nichanian, PhD'16 (Political Science), currently Senior Research and Editorial Fellow, Justice Collaborative/Fair Punishment Project and Editor of The Appeal

 

Seamus Power, PhD’17 (Comparative Human Development), currently Assistant Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Copenhagen

 

Basil Salem, PhD'16 (History), currently Collegiate Assistant Professor, Social Sciences, The University of Chicago

 

Nora Taplin-Kaguru, PhD'16 (Sociology), currently Assistant Professor, Earlham College

 

Social Sciences Research Center (SSRC)

 

Opening in December 2017, the Social Sciences Research Center (SSRC) is designed to foster team-based and multi-method collaborative approaches to understanding complex social problems. In this way it will address the rapidly evolving, and growing needs for research infrastructure that exist across the social sciences and enable the Division to respond flexibly to new opportunities. The SSRC, located in McGiffert House, is comprised of open-concept research bullpens, collaborative spaces, and a large workshop room to bring together faculty and students from across the Division for research and programmatic activities. The Center will also provide a home for the Masters Program in Computational Social Science, and space for several core research centers, including The Center for Spatial Data Science, The Knowledge Lab, and the Population Research Center.

 

The SSRC will host regular workshops of faculty and students who use similar methods across disciplines, such as the Quantitative Research Methods in Social and Health Sciences Workshop, the Demography Workshop, the Ethnography Incubator, and the new Economy and Law Initiative. Further, the SSRC will host research development and methods training sessions, and will leverage the University’s other research facilities and support options, including the Research Computing Center, the Survey Lab, GIS support, and the Social Science Computing Center.

 

Meet the 2018 Seed Grant Recipients and learn more on the SSRC website.

 

Neubauer Collegium

Director: David Nirenberg discusses the idea behind the Neubauer Collegium

In an ambitious initiative designed to expand the boundaries of humanistic study, the University of Chicago has established The Neubauer Family Collegium for Culture and Society.  The Collegium will create a destination for outstanding visiting scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences from around the nation and the world, who will come to collaborate with their peers in Chicago. It will fund research into large-scale questions that require the expertise and perspectives of many disciplines, while pioneering new efforts to share that work with a wider public.

Named in honor of Joseph Neubauer and Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer, whose landmark $26.5 million gift to the University is among the largest in support of the humanities and social sciences in the institution’s history. The gift marks a new chapter in the Neubauer family’s history of innovative philanthropy in support of scholars and groundbreaking research, designed to make a lasting impact.  The Neubauers said their support for the Collegium stemmed from a desire to help humanists embrace new modes of inquiry.

“We want to see what humanists and social scientists can do when they are encouraged to and have the resources to set their sights on questions beyond their discipline,” says Joseph Neubauer, MBA ’65, a trustee of the University and Chairman of the Aramark corporation.

“Any time there has been a flowering of civilization, it is because great ideas have been tested, shared and disseminated widely,” Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer adds. “The Collegium has the potential to foster that kind of collaboration in our time.”

The Neubauer Collegium will be housed at 5701 S. Woodlawn in the former Meadville-Lombard Seminary building, and will begin operation during the 2012-2013 school year, with the first visiting scholars arriving in 2013-2014.

Workshops

There are currently no active workshops.

Becker Friedman Institute

Bob Lucas discusses the recession at the Friedman Forum

The Gary Becker Milton Friedman Institute for Research in Economics was established in June 2011, joining the strengths of the three-year-old Friedman Institute and the Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory.

The Institute is an intellectual destination for the world’s best economists and scholars in related fields. It builds bridges across disciplines and subfields in economics, fostering conversations and collaborations that sharpen research and spark new ideas.

A collaboration of the University of Chicago Department of Economics, the Booth School of Business, and the Law School, the Institute provides multilayered support for the research activities of faculty and students. Its activities enhance the vibrant research environment that characterizes economics at the University of Chicago.

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Workshops

There are currently no active workshops.