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

Assistant Director of MAPSS & Assistant Instructional Professor (Psychology)

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

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Dr. Fan is the Assistant Director of MAPSS and Assistant 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.


Amit Anshumali

Earl S. Johnson Instructor in Sociology

5730 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Room 404
(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.


Cate Fugazzola

Earl S. Johnson Instructor in Sociology

5736 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Room 301

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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 of 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 303
(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

5736 S. Woodlawn, Room 304
(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.


Min Sok Lee

Assistant Senior Instructional Professor in Economics

Saieh Hall, Room 011
(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.


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.


John McCallum

Assistant Instructional Professor in History

5736 S. Woodlawn, Room 302
(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.


Mary (Ella) Wilhoit

Earl S. Johnson Instructor of Anthropology

5736 S. Woodlawn, Room 406
(773) 702-8319

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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.


Resney Gugwor

PhD Candidate, Department of Comparative Human Development

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Resney Gugwor is a PhD candidate in the Department 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.


Julius L. Jones

PhD Candidate, Department of History

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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. Julius is a 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. 


Sarath Pillai

PhD Candidate, Department of History

5730 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Room 403
(773) 702-6578

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Sarath’s PhD dissertation examines the currency of federalist ideas among the princely states in colonial South Asia in the 1920s through the 1940s. His research is informed by modern South Asian history, postcolonial studies, British imperial history, legal and constitutional history, political and legal thought around state and sovereignty, studies on empire, decolonization, and federalism. For more information, please visit his homepage


Wen Xie

PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology

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Wen is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Chicago. She is interested in understanding how generations of individuals experience through rapid social changes and how their life experiences matter for work, politics, culture, and socio-economic development. She is completing her dissertation on capitalist transformation in Northeast China, which used to be the former socialist industrial heartland and is now the epitome of the Chinese rust belt. For more information, please visit her homepage


Yan Xu

PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science

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Yan is a PhD candidate 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.