Kagan Arik

Associate Instructional Professor
Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Pick Hall #306
5828 S. University Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637

Professor Arik has 25 years experience in language pedagogy for Modern Turkish Language and Literature. He has designed courses and teaching materials  for intensive Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced Turkish language, as well as Modern Turkish literature. He also has interest in the historical development of the Turkish language and its various dialects, and is a member of the American Association of Teachers of Turkish and Turkic Languages.

For more information, visit Professor Arik's profile at the University of Chicago's Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department. 

Matthew Briones

Associate Professor of American History and the College

Social Science Research Building, room 204B – Office
(773) 702-1590 – Office telephone
(773) 702-7550 – Fax

Professor Matthew Briones' research focuses on comparative race relations, Asian/Pacific islander American history, African American history, interracial and interethnic coalitions and conflicts, immigration, transnationalism, especially between the United States and the Philippines. 

For more information, visit Professor Briones' profile at the University of Chicago's History Department. 

Robert Chaskin

McCormick Foundation Professor,
The University of Chicago
Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice

The University of Chicago
Crown Family School of Social Work,
969 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Robert J. Chaskin is the McCormick Foundation Professor and Deputy Dean for Strategic Initiatives and holds the UNESCO Chair for Inclusive Urbanism at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. He leads the school’s international efforts. Professor Chaskin, along with colleagues at the Department of Applied Social Sciences at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), designed an exchange program that serves as a platform for students from both schools to learn from one another. The program focuses on the challenges of urbanization and migration and now also includes students and faculty from Peking University as part of the recently launched Tripartite Collaboration for Advancing Social Work in China.

For more information, visit professor Chaskin's profile at the University of Chicago, Crown Family School of Social Work

Yoonsun Choi

School Of Social Service Administration

969 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

Professor Choi researches how race, ethnicity and culture fundamentally shape the development of minority and immigrant youth, a growing demographic in the US. She is interested in how these preteens and teens manage family and peer group pressures and wrestle with stereotypes, and how these pressure impact their mental health and academic performance.

For more information, visit Professor Choi's profile at the University of Chicago's School for Social Science Administration. 

Rachel DeWoskin

Associate Professor of Practice in the Arts
Department of English
Program in Creative Writing
Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality
Committee on Creative Writing

935 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

Professor DeWoskin is the award-winning author of the novels Blind (Viking Penguin, 2015); Big Girl Small (FSG, 2011); Repeat After Me (The Overlook Press, 2009), and the memoir Foreign Babes in Beijing (W.W. Norton, 2005), has been developed into a television series at BBC America. Her novel Second Circus, set in 1940’s Shanghai, is forthcoming from Penguin in 2018. DeWoskin’s essays, articles, and poems have been published widely, in journals including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Ploughshares

For more information, visit Professor DeWoskin's profile at the University of Chicago's Department of English.

Thomas Ginsburg

Leo Spitz Professor of International Law
Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar
The Law School
Department of Political Science

1111 E. 60th St, Room 525
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-9494

Professor Ginsburg specializes in contemporary and international law. He is also on the board of the Comparative Constitutions Project, which examines the constitutions of every independent nation-state since 1789.

For more information, visit Professor Ginsburg's profile at the University of Chicago's Law School.

Susan Goldin-Meadow

Bearsdley Ruml Distinguished Service Professor
Department of Psychology

5848 S University Ave
Green 508
Chicago, IL, 60637
(773) 702-2585

Professor Goldin-Meadow is the Bearsdley Ruml Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Psychology and Committee on Human Development at the University of Chicago. As a developmental psychologist, she studies the role of language and gesture in communication in both children and adults.

For more information, visit Professor Goldin-Meadow's profile at the University of Chicago's Department of Psychology.

Angie Heo

Assistant Professor of the Anthropology and Sociology of Religion
Divinity School
The College

Swift Hall 228
1025 E. 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-1867

Professor Heo is an anthropologist of religion, media, and economy.  Her research and teaching at the University of Chicago's Divinity School covers a range of topics related to the critical study of global Christianities in the modern world. These topics explore the intersection of everyday religious practices with colonial and national institutions of rule, along with political economies of development and globalization.

For more information, visit Professor Heo's profile at the University of Chicago's Divinity School. 

Dwight Hopkins

Alexander Campbell Professor of Theology
The Divinity School
The College

1025 E 58th St
Swift Hall 304
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 834-0006

Professor Hopkins is a theologian working in the areas of contemporary models of theology, various forms of liberation theologies (especially black and other third-world manifestations), and East-West cross-cultural comparisons.

For more information, visit Professor Hopkin's profile at the University of Chicago's Divinity School. 

Chang-Tai Hsieh

Phyllis and Irwin Winkelried Professor of Economics
PCL Faculty Scholar
Booth School of Business

5807 S Woodlawn Ave
Room 517
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 834-0590

Professor Hsieh conducts research on growth and development. Hsieh has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Banks of San Francisco, New York, and Minneapolis, as well as the World Bank's Development Economics Group and the Economic Planning Agency in Japan. He is a Research Associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Senior Fellow at the Bureau for Research in Economic Analysis of Development, and a member of the Steering Group of the International Growth Center in London.

For more information, visit Professor Hsieh's profile at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

Woowon Kang

Department of Physics
James Franck Institute
The College

929 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Professor Kang pursues research on fractional quantum Hall effect connected to topological quantam computation.

For more information, visit Professor Kang's profile at the University of Chicago's Department of Physics.

Young-Kee Kim

Louis Block Distinguished Service Professor
Department of Physics
Enrico Fermi Institute
The College

5640 S. Ellis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-7006

Professor Kim does research on particle physics to understand how the universe works at the most fundamental level by discovering and understanding the fundamental constituents (elementary particles) and the forces acting among them and on accelerator physics to design and build much more powerful accelerators for future particle physics and other sciences.

For more information, visit Professor Kim's profile at the University of Chicago's Department of Physics.

Valerie Levan

Assistant Instructional Professor
Humanities Collegiate Division

Professor Levan's dissertation was titled Forbidden Enlightenment: Self-Articulation and Self-Accusation in the Works of Yu Dafu (1896-1945) (2010). She currently teaches Readings in World Literature - Epic, Readings in World Literature - Autobiography, Reading Cultures - Collecting, and Reading Cultures - Exchange.

Jonathan Lio

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Section of Infectious Diseases and Global Health

5841 S. Maryland Ave.
MC 5000
Chicago, IL 60637

Dr. Lio’s academic interests fall in the area of postgraduate medical education in China. Specific interests include the development of competencies for medical trainees, workplace-based assessment, and faculty development in teaching skills. Dr. Lio spends part of the year in Wuhan, China working with the Wuhan University Medical Education Reform (WUMER) Project as co-program director of residency reform. He has worked with Wuhan University to develop a physician competency framework and implement a milestones-based assessment system for residents.

For more information, visit Dr. Lio's profile at the University of Chicago's Department of Medicine. 

Jiwoong Park

Department of Chemistry

929 E. 57th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

Professor Park's research focuses on the science and technology of nanomaterials. The Park Group's research is multidisciplinary; the group includes researchers with diverse backgrounds, including chemistry, physics, material science, and electrical engineering. For more information, please visit his website.

Richard Payne

Associate Professor of History, Near Eastern
Languages and Civilizations,
the Oriental Institute, and the College

William Rainey Harper Memorial Library,
East Tower, room 481 – Office
(773) 834-9897 – Office telephone
(773) 702-7550 – Fax

A historian of the Iranian world in late antiquity, ca. 200–800 CE, Payne's research focuses primarily on the dynamics of Iranian imperialism, specifically how the Iranian (or Sasanian) Empire successfully integrated socially, culturally, and geographically disparate populations from Arabia to Afghanistan into enduring political networks and institutions. Also Professor Payne is deeply committeed to exploring the entanglements of the regions with East Asia, especially within and via Inner Asian contexts.  

For more information, visit Professor Payne's profile at the University of Chicago's Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department, Department of History, the Oriental Institute, and the College. 


Mee-Ju Ro

Assistant Professor
Department of English Language and Literature
the University of Chicago

Walker 411

Professor Mee-Ju Ro's research focuses on Asian American literatures, more specifically transpacific women's writings.  She also works with Korean texts and their English translations.  Both her research and teaching engage with women's writing, race & gender studies, translation theory, performance, and frames that disarticulate national paradigms.  

For more information, visit Professor Ro's profile at the University of Chicago's English Department.

Raaj Kumar Sah

Professor of Public Policy and Economics
Harris School of Public Policy

The Keller Center at the Harris School of Public Policy,
Room 3017
1307 E 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-0085

Professor Sah has previously held faculty positions, in business, economics, and public policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University. Among the honorary positions that he has held are at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, where he presently is Distinguished Fellow, and at the Ministry of Finance Japan. For more information, please visit his faculty page.

Olga V. Solovieva

Assistant Professor
Department of Comparative Literature

Wieboldt 412
1050 E. 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-4803

Professor Solovieva works on Russian-Japanese cultural relations. Her book, The Russian Kurosawa: Transnational Cinema, or the Art of Speaking Differently (Oxford University Press, 2023) offers a new historical and thematic perspective on the work of the renowned Japanese director Akira Kurosawa through a detailed discussion of the films he made on the basis of Russian sources. The book shows that Kurosawa’s Russian output deals with the most politically sensitive topics of postwar Japan. But the philosophical, ethical, and political threads that interconnect Kurosawa’s Russian films can be easily followed to all his other productions where they are interwoven with the fabric of Japanese intellectual history in which Russian culture once played a significant role. The book unveils how Kurosawa’s cinema emerges from the intellectual tradition of the Russian-inflected anarchist dissent of prewar Japan and updates this tradition as a program for postwar reconstruction. Taking into account the Russian (and Russian-Japanese) democratic roots of Kurosawa’s ideological persuasion, The Russian Kurosawa sidesteps the unproductive debate as to whether Kurosawa is the most Japanese or “the most Western” of directors. The book challenges the prevalent views of Akira Kurosawa as an apolitical art house director or a conformist studio filmmaker by offering a much more complicated picture of the director’s participation in post-war cultural and political debates. Professor Solovieva’s articles on Kurosawa's Russian films have also appeared in The Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema and were reprinted in Chinese in Zhongguo xueshu (China Scholarship).

Professor Solovieva’s interest in Russian-Japanese intellectual relations resulted in an international conference (May 2018) and a volume Japan’s Russia: Challenging the East-West Paradigm, co-edited with historian of modern Japan Sho Konishi (Cambria Press, 2021). She also wrote on Russian and Japanese nuclear experience in “Chernobyl, the Unheard Prayer: Svetlana Aleksievich and the Little Voices of Fukushima,” boundary 2, 45:4 (2018): 223-241; and most recently, in a book chapter “Horror Old and New: Nakata Hideo’s Ringu (1998) between J-Horror and Hibakusha Cinema” for A Companion to Japanese Cinema, ed. David Desser (New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2022), 382-400. Olga V. Solovieva teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Russian-Japanese intellectual relations, for example, “Kurosawa and his Russian Sources,” and “Russian Anarchists, Revolutionary Samurai: Introduction to Russian-Japanese Intellectual Relations.” For more information, please visit her faculty page.

Thomas Talhelm

Associate Professor of Behavioral Science
Booth School of Business

5807 S Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60637
(773) 834-7648

Professor Talhelm studies how culture affects the way we behave. He studies how rice and wheat agriculture have given northern and southern China two very different cultures, even influencing whether people move chairs in Starbucks. His research also finds that liberal culture in the US is more individualistic and that getting people to think more analytically increases support for liberal social policies, whereas thinking holistically increases support for conservative policies.

For more information, visit Professor Talhelm's profile at the University of Chicago's Booth School. 

Christian Wedemeyer

Associate Professor of the History of Religions
The Divinity School
The College

Swift Hall 310B
1025-35 E. 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-8265

Professor Wedemeyer is an historian of religions whose interests include theory and method in the human sciences, the history of modern scholarship on religion and culture, and issues of history, textuality, and ritual in the Buddhist traditions. Within these very general domains, much of his research has concerned the esoteric (Tantric) Buddhism of India and Tibet. For more information, please visit his faculty page.

Chun-su Yuan

Cyrus Tang Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care
Department of Anesthesia & Critical Care
Director, Tang Center for Herbal Medicine Research

5841 S. Maryland Ave.
MC 4028
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-1916

Dr. Chun-Su Yuan is a recognized expert in herbal medicine, and is actively researching the benefits and adverse effects of commonly used herbal medicines. Dr. Yuan has published numerous scientific articles, including more than 100 papers on herbal research. In addition, he is the primary Editor of the Textbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (1st & 2nd editions) and he serves the Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of Chinese Medicine. For more information, visit his profile at the University of Chicago's Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, or his page at the Tang Center for Herbal Medicine Research.