Students work closely with one of the preceptors in the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences. Preceptors guide students in defining their areas of academic specialization, as well as in choosing courses. Preceptors also assist students in selecting faculty sponsors for their MA papers and take an active role in guiding and evaluating the research and writing of these papers.

Samantha Peishan Fan

Associate Instructional Professor in Psychology

1155 E. 60th Street, Room 408
(773) 702-2985

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Dr. Fan is the Associate Instructional Professor of Psychology. Samantha's primary research interest examines how culture plays a pivotal role in the development of self, particularly how the experience of hearing and speaking other languages besides one’s native language might initiate an enhanced sense of understanding and acceptance of others. For more information, please visit her homepage.


Victor O. Lima

Senior Instructional Professor in Economics; Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies in Economics

Saieh Hall, Room 105
(773) 834-6672

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Dr. Lima is a Senior Instructional Professor in Economics and the College, as well as Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies in Economics.  His research interests include monetary economics, social effects, and unemployment effects of labor regulation. For more information, please visit his homepage.


Min Sok Lee

Assistant Senior Instructional Professor in Economics

Saieh Hall, Room 104
(773) 834-1754

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Dr. Lee is an Assistant Senior Instructional Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago, teaching undergraduate courses in principles of microeconomics and intermediate microeconomics. Min Lee holds a BA in economics from the University of Cambridge (UK), and a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.


John McCallum

Assistant Instructional Professor in History

1155 E. 60th Street, Room 411
(773) 702-5351

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Dr. McCallum is the Earl S. Johnson Instructor in History. His broader research interests include moral sentiments and violence, total war, human rights, the United States in 20th century global history, and the history of democracy and the state. For more information, visit his homepage.


Brianne Painia

Assistant Instructional Professor in Sociology

1155 E. 60th Street, Room 412
(773) 834-6535

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Dr. Brianne A. Painia is an Assistant Instructional Professor of Sociology. Her research interests include black femininities and masculinities, black feminism, and black religion with an emphasis on gender performance within black religious spaces.


Amit Anshumali

Earl S. Johnson Instructor in Sociology

1155 E. 60th Street, Room 418A
(773) 834-3308

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Dr. Anshumali recently completed his PhD in Development Sociology and also holds an MS in the same field from Cornell University. In his dissertation, Amit examined the effect of men’s non-farm employment on women’s economic roles in rural India, as mediated by class, caste, and education. Prior to writing his dissertation, Amit also completed a dual MS in Environmental Sciences and Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics from The Ohio State University. Amit has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Technology from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai. He has three years of experience working as a production supervisor in a chemical manufacturing unit in Greater Mumbai, India. For more information, please visit his homepage.


Tori Gross

Earl S. Johnson Instructor in Anthropology

1155 E. 60th Street, Room 416
(773) 702-5405

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Dr. Gross is an Earl S. Johnson Instructor in Anthropology. Her research interests include the politics of affect and emotion, performative hierarchy and masculinity, and parastate sovereignty in the context of India’s young democracy. She currently focuses on caste-based political movements that demonstrate the generative tensions between community and nation-state, and between yearning for the glories of the imagined past and living with the perpetual disappointments of unfulfilled desires borne by global capitalism. For more information, please visit her homepage.


Dawn Herrera

Earl S. Johnson Instructor in Political Science

1155 E. 60th Street, Room 410
(773) 702-2540

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Dr. Herrera is an Earl S. Johnson Instructor in Political Science. She holds a PhD from the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought. Her dissertation is a comparative study of the concept of freedom in the work of Hannah Arendt and Michel Foucault. In dialogue with historical and contemporary political theorists, Dr. Herrera’s research interrogates the terms we use to frame and evaluate political life. For more information, please visit her homepage.


Mary (Ella) Wilhoit

Earl S. Johnson Instructor of Anthropology

1155 E. 60th Street, Room 414
(773) 702-8319

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Dr. Wilhoit is an Earl S. Johnson Instructor of Anthropology in the MAPSS program. She holds a PhD and MA in Anthropology and Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Northwestern University and a BA in Anthropology and Spanish from Vanderbilt University. For more information, please visit her homepage.


Kyla Bourne

MA Teaching Fellow, Sociology

1155 E. 60th Street, Room 406
(773) 702-7681

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Dr. Bourne is an MA Teaching Fellow in Sociology. Her current research uses a regression discontinuity approach to evaluate the decarcerative impact of several recent reforms in criminal legal practice in Chicago. More broadly, she aims to define the conditions under which the authority of criminal law enforcement may be democratically legitimate. Might these conditions be achieved through incremental reform, or do they require entirely new criminal legal institutions? For more information, please visit her homepage.


David Cantor-Echols

MA Teaching Fellow, History

1155 E. 60th Street, Room 409
(773) 702-7657

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Dr. Cantor-Echols is an MA Teaching Fellow. He recently completed his PhD in Medieval European History at The University of Chicago, where he also received an MA in History. David holds an MA in Medieval Studies from University College London as well as a BA in History and Spanish Language and Literature from Lake Forest College. 


Resney Gugwor

MA Teaching Fellow, Comparative Human Development

1155 E. 60th Street, Room 407
(773) 834-6301

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Dr. Gugwor is an MA Teaching Fellow of Comparative Human Development (CHD). He earned his MA in comparative human development in 2016, his MA in the social sciences from MAPSS in 2013, and his BA in psychology from Northeastern Illinois University in 2012. His research interests focus on identity and action across political/educational contexts and through the use of quantitative and qualitative methods he is able to demonstrate both the breadth and depth of these identity processes. For more information, please visit his homepage.


Lily Huang

MA Teaching Fellow, History

1155 E. 60th Street, Room 404
(773) 702-7806

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Dr. Huang is an MA Teaching Fellow in History. Her research is in the history of science, with particular interests in the sciences of mind and body, the study of animals, and the uses of language in knowledge-making. Her dissertation examines the metaphorical language of the philosopher Henri Bergson as an experiential record of science in the French fin-de-siècle. For more information, please visit her homepage.


Yan Xu

MA Teaching Fellow, Political Science

1155 E. 60th Street, Room 409
(773) 702-7668

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Dr. Xu is an MA Teaching Fellow in Political Science at the University of Chicago. He is interested in economic development, institutional change and state-business relations. His dissertation examines the rise of tech entrepreneurship in China, whose statist political economy is often thought to hinder private business, and its impact on the development of China's high-tech industries. He is also working on a project on how and the extent to which China's top business elites can sustain their material wealth under single-party rule. For more information, please visit his homepage.


Julius L. Jones

MAPSS Preceptor & PhD Candidate, Department of History

1155 E. 60th Street, Room 404
(773) 834-7010

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Julius L. Jones is a historian, curator, lecturer, and digital media producer committed to telling new stories about the past in compelling and innovative ways. He is a MAPSS Preceptor and PhD Candidate in the Department of History at The University of Chicago, where his scholarly interests include twentieth-century United States Social, Cultural and Urban History. 


Can Mert Kökerer

MAPSS Preceptor and PhD Student in Sociology

1155 E. 60th Street, Room 403
(773) 702-7530

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Can Mert Kökerer is a MAPSS Preceptor and PhD Student in Sociology at the University of Chicago. His research interests include democracy, popular politics, and participatory institutions. 


Marshall Kramer

MAPSS Preceptor and PhD Candidate in Anthropology

1155 E. 60th Street, Room 406
(773) 702-7772

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Marshall Kramer is a MAPSS Preceptor and Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology at the University of Chicago researching the changing place of biodiversity in the global economy. His dissertation documents the extraction of medicinal plants from the Myanmar/China borderlands. It explores this market's supply infrastructures, its labor conditions, and its overall impact on the environment to understand the informal economics of natural resource extraction.