MAPSS has an entire academic staff that is devoted to your success. They are always happy to speak with prospective students - please reach out to them directly if you have any questions about the program.

Mark Hansen

Faculty Director of MAPSS and the Charles L. Hutchinson Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Political Science and the College

Pick Hall, Room 316A
(773) 702-5476

Dr. Hansen is Faculty Director of MAPSS and the Charles L. Hutchinson Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Political Science and the College. He is also one of the nation's leading scholars of American politics. His research has focused on interest groups, citizen activism and public opinion, is the author of two books, Mobilization, Participation and Democracy in America (1993) with Steven Rosenstone and Gaining Access: Congress and the Farm Lobby, 1919-1981 (1991). For more information, please visit his homepage.


Chad Cyrenne

Managing Director, MA Programs in the Social Sciences

(773) 702-5885
5730 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Room 306

Dr. Cyrenne is a Political Scientist and Managing Director of the MA Programs in the Social Sciences.  He teaches courses in the history of political thought, with a particular focus on the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as seminars in contemporary political philosophy. For more information, please visit his homepage.


Darcy Hughes Heuring

Associate Director of MAPSS

(773) 702-5166
5736 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Room 202

Dr. Heuring is the Associate Director of MAPSS and a Lecturer in History. Her field specialties include nineteenth and twentieth-century Britain, British imperial history, European colonialism and decolonization, the post-emancipation Caribbean, gender history, social history, and medicine and public health. For more information, please visit her homepage.


Samantha Peishan Fan

Assistant Director of MAPSS

(773) 702-2985
5736 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Room 203

Dr. Fan is the Assistant Director of MAPSS and a Lecturer in 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.


Amit Anshumali

Earl S. Johnson Instructor in Sociology

5730 S Woodlawn Avenue, Room 404

Dr. Anshumali recently completed his PhD in Development Sociology 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 obtained an MS in Development Sociology from Cornell and 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.


Morrie Fred

Lecturer in MAPSS

(773) 834-2015
5730 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Room 304

Dr. Fred is a Senior Lecturer in MAPSS. Since he began teaching at the University of Chicago in 1997, he has taught seminars related to his research interests: the Anthropology of Museums, the Anthropology of Dis/ability, Israel in Film and Ethnography, Ethnographic Methods, and American Legal Culture. For more information, please visit his homepage


Cate Fugazzola

Earl S. Johnson Instructor in Sociology

5736 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Room 301

Dr. Fugazzola's research interests include social movements, gender and sexuality studies, transnational sociology, and qualitative research methods. Her work focuses on the tactical use of language in the context LGBT organizing in China, and on the impact and strategic relevance of culture in the creation and diffusion of contentious discourses. For more information, please visit her homepage.


Tori Gross

Earl S. Johnson Instructor in Anthropology

5736 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Room 201

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

5736 S. Woodlawn, Room 304

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.


Min Sok Lee

Lecturer in the Department of Economics

Saieh Hall, Room 011

Dr. Lee is a Lecturer in the Department of 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.


Victor O. Lima

Senior Lecturer in Economics and the College; Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies in Economics

(773) 834-6672
Saieh Hall, Room 105

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


John McCallum

Earl S. Johnson Instructor in History

(773) 702-5351
5736 S. Woodlawn, Room 302

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.


Mary (Ella) Wilhoit

Earl S. Johnson Instructor of Anthropology

5736 S. Woodlawn, Room 201

Dr. Wilhoit is an anthropologist with a focus in Gender and Sexuality studies, Ella is currently completing her first book manuscript on gendered labor, kinship and governmentality in the rural Andes. In addition to gendered labor and power, Ella’s research interests include gender and sexuality in the rural south, embodiment as a culturally mediated experience, and the Anthropology of stress and anxiety. For more information, please visit her homepage.


Dain Borges

Former Faculty Director for MA Programs in the Social Sciences Division; Associate Professor of History, Romance Languages and Literatures

(773) 702-8317
Social Sciences Research Building, Room 507

Dr. Borges is the former Faculty Director of MAPSS and Associate Professor of History, Romance Languages and Literatures, and the College. Professor Borges is a historian of Latin America, specializing in modern Brazilian social and cultural history. He is the author of The Family in Bahia, Brazil, 1870-1945. He works on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin American culture and ideas. For more information, please visit his homepage.


John MacAloon

Professor, Social Sciences Graduate Division and in The College; Director Emeritus, MAPSS; and Associated Faculty in the Department of Anthropology

(773) 702-8468
Gates Blake Hall 424

Dr. MacAloon is Director Emeritus of MAPSS; Professor in the Social Sciences Graduate Division and The College; and Associated Faculty in the Department of Anthropology.  He is an anthropologist and historian.  His research focuses theoretically on cultural performance theory and substantively on the modern Olympic Movement and Olympic Games. More information can be found on his homepage.