John U. Nef Committee Social Thought

Kierkegaard on Inwardness, Suffering, and the Search for a Secure Ground in the Face of Contingency

My dissertation research focuses on the turn to interiority in Kierkegaard’s religious ethics. One of Kierkegaard’s central claims is that we, in our modern age, have forgotten how to exist and have forgotten what inwardness is, and that the way in which philosophers generally write about ethics has encouraged this.

Social scientists receive Wayne C. Booth Graduate Student Prize for Excellence in Teaching

The Wayne C. Booth Graduate Student Prizes for Excellence in Teaching, established in 1991, recognize excellent teaching of undergraduates by graduate students. College students and faculty members nominate the recipients. This year’s winners are Emily Dreyfus, Moira Flanagan, David Gutherz, and Jaira Harrington. David Gutherz and Jaira Harrington are both graduate students in the Division of the Social Sciences.


Division plans for University's 125th anniversary celebration

The Division of the Social Sciences is partnering with the Secretary of the University's Office to align anniversary celebrations during 2015-2016. Many departments and centers within (and affiliated with) the Division are celebrating anniversaries ranging from 25 years to 75 years. The Dean's Office is in the early stages of planning an event and exhibit for November 13, 2015, coinciding with the anniversary of the opening of the Social Science Research Building.

NSF Social Psychology Program

The Social Psychology Program at NSF supports basic research on human social behavior, including cultural differences and development over the life span. 

Among the many research topics supported are: attitude formation and change, social cognition, personality processes, interpersonal relations and group processes, the self, emotion, social comparison and social influence, and the psychophysiological and neurophysiological bases of social behavior. 

University of Chicago's Women's Board Grants Fund

Each January, the Women's Board announces a formal request for funding proposals which is disseminated to the University system. Students and Faculty are invited to submit grant proposals in March. A new Women's Board Grants Committee is convened each spring, by the Chair of the Board, to represent the Women's Board in determining grant recipients. The committee reviews all proposals received over the course of several weeks and determines finalists. In late April, over the course of two days, the committee hears presentations given by finalists.