Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics
On Tuesday, October 8, the University of Chicago announced a new framework for doctoral education. Following that, Dean Amanda Woodward sent the message below to all Division faculty and PhD students:
Katherine D. Kinzler, a professor in the Department of Psychology, has agreed to serve as a deputy dean for the Division.
In that role, she will provide leadership on the division’s strategic initiatives as well as its alumni relations and public engagement portfolio. She will also engage with divisional faculty regarding external review processes and doctoral program connections to the professional schools. She joins Mark Bradley, Kate Cagney, and Mark Hansen in serving as a deputy dean.
Prof. Ufuk Akcigit will study Germany’s east-west divide by turning a new lens on data
As a doctoral student in economics, Prof. Ufuk Akcigit found theoretical models to be too abstract, too untethered from hard, real-world data.
So he decided to fill the gap, developing a way to ground theory on a deep statistical foundation. That pioneering approach led him a decade later to the University of Chicago—and now, has earned him a prestigious prize that can further the practical applications of his research.
The University of Chicago’s Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of Zachary Egan, AM’96, as chair of the Division of the Social Sciences Council. The Trustees have also approved four new members for the Council: Luann Jacobs, Matt Jacobs, Rohit Kumar, and Pamela Paresky. Their appointments are all effective July 1, for their first three-year term.
Egan succeeds Brook Payner, AB ’79 (Mathematics), AM ’81, PhD ’87 (Economics), who served as chair from 2016-2019.
On Thursday, March 7, Dean Amanda Woodard announced that Emily Osborn, Associate Professor in the Department of History and the College, has agreed to serve as the inaugural Director of the Social Sciences Teaching Fellows Program.
The Division of the Social Sciences has announced the recipients of the 2019 Social Sciences Research Center (SSRC) Faculty Seed Grants and Graduate Student Fellowships:
Three faculty projects were selected for funding through the seed grant initiative, which is in its second year.
Faculty Seed Grant Recipients: