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

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

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

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 201
(773) 702-5405

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

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 Instructional Professor in the Department of Economics

Saieh Hall, Room 011
(773) 834-1754

Dr. Lee is an Assistant Instructional Professor 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

Saieh Hall, Room 105
(773) 834-6672

Dr. Lima is a Senior Lecturer 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

Earl S. Johnson Instructor in History

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

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
(773) 702-8319

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.


Sophie Fajardo

PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology

5730 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Room 303
(773) 834-3316

Sophie A. Fajardo is a PhD candidate in the department of sociology. Her research interests include international migration, inequality and labor, as well as qualitative and mixed methodology. For more information, please visit her homepage.


Alejandro Flores

PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science

5730 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Room 303
(773) 834-1641

Alex’s research agenda focuses on experiments in the study of political persuasion and attitude change, race, and identity. His dissertation investigates the effects that language choices in political communication have on political behavior, especially the political consequences of messaging in Spanish versus English among Latino voters.


Nathaniel Gonzalez

PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology

5730 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Room 303
(773) 834-3155

Nathaniel is a PhD Candidate in the Sociology department with a focus on race/ethnicity studies and political sociology. His research investigates the role of politics, community organizations, and resident mobilization on the form and likelihood of communal violence. His dissertation focused on Myanmar, where he studied how communities in Yangon and Mandalay worked together to prevent Buddhist-Muslim violence. For more information please visit his website.


Deirdre Lyons

PhD Candidate, Department of History

5730 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Room 104
(773) 702-7290

Deirdre Lyons is a PhD Candidate in History at the University of Chicago, completing her dissertation on slavery and emancipation on the French Antilles. Her research and teaching areas include: the early modern and modern Caribbean, the Atlantic World, early modern Europe, colonization and decolonization, slavery and emancipation in the Americas, African-American and diaspora studies, gender and sexuality studies, and social thought. For more information, please visit her homepage.


Sarath Pillai

PhD Candidate, Department of History

5730 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Room 104
(773) 702-6578

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