Kagan Arik

Associate Instructional Professor
Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

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

Dr. Arık 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, please visit his website.

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, please see her faculty page 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

Rachel DeWoskin is the award-winning author of the novels Blind (Penguin 2014); Big Girl Small(FSG 2011); Repeat After Me (Overlook 2009), and the memoir Foreign Babes in Beijing(Norton 2005), which is being 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 YorkerVanity Fair, and Ploughshares. For more information, please visit the Department of English at the University of Chicago.

Thomas Ginsburg

Leo Spitz Professor
The Law School
Department of Political Science

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

Prof. 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 his page 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 her page at the University of Chicago's Department of Psychology, or the page of her laboratory, the eponymous Goldin-Meadow Lab.

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, please visit her faculty page.

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, see his page at the University of Chicago's Divinity School. 

Chang-Tai Hsieh

Phyllis and Irwin Winkelried Professor of Economics
Booth School of Business

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

Professor Hsieh conducts research on growth and development. For a list of his publications, see his personal website, or his page 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 fraction quantum Hall effect connected to topological computation. For more information, please visit his page at the University of Chicago's Department of Physics.

Young-Kee Kim

Louis Block Distinguished Service Professor
Department of Physics
The College

5640 S. Ellis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 834-9131

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, please visit her website.

Valarie Levan

Lecturer, Humanities Core Teaching Coordinator

Dr. 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 the Infectious Diseases and Global Health webpage.

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.

Martin Powers

Visiting Professor in Chinese Art
Department of Art History

5540 S Greenwood Ave
CWAC 258
Chicago, IL 60637

Martin Powers was formerly Sally Michelson Davidson Professor of Chinese Arts and Cultures at the University of Michigan, and director of the Center for Chinese Studies, now emeritus. His research focuses on the role of the arts in the history of human relations in China, with an emphasis on issues of personal agency and social justice. For more information, please visit his profile at the University of Chicago's Department of Art History.



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 Russo-Japanese cultural relations. Her current book project, The Russian Kurosawa, will offer 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’s major goal is to show that Kurosawa’s Russian output deals with the most politically sensitive topics of postwar Japan. The book will challenge 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 the post-war cultural and political debate.

Olga V. Solovieva’s book on Russian-Japanese intellectual relations Japan’s Russia: Challenging the East-West Paradigm, co-edited with historian of modern Japan Sho Konishi, is forthcoming from Cambria Press in Fall 2020. She also 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.” Her articles on Kurosawa's Russian films appeared in the Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema and were reprinted in Chinese in Zhongguo xueshu (China Scholarship). 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 on the reflection of the Japanese nuclear experience in Japanese cinema. Her article “Horror Old and New: Nakata Hideo’s Ringu (1998) between J-Horror and Hibakusha Cinema,“ is forthcoming in A Companion to Japanese Cinema, ed. David Desser, New York: Wiley-Blackwell.  For more information, please visit her faculty page.

Thomas Talhelm

Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences
Booth School of Business

Thomas Talhelm is an Associate Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Thomas has lived in China for six years as a Princeton in Asia fellow, as a freelance journalist, and a Fulbright scholar. He researches how rice farming made southern China more interdependent than the more freewheeling, wheat-growing north including what that means for whether people move chairs in Starbucks. He speaks Chinese and enough Hindi to ask questions but not understand the answers. While in China, Thomas founded Smart Air, a social enterprise that makes low-cost DIY air purifiers to help people protect themselves from air pollution. 


Grace Tsiang

Senior Lecturer
Department of Economics

1126 E 59th St
Rosenwald 229A
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-3410

Professor Tsiang studies labor economics and the dynamics of spatial wage distributions. For more information, visit her page at the University of Chicago's Department of Economics.

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.

John E. Woods

Professor of Iranian and Central Asian History
Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
The College

Pick Hall 328
5828 S. University Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-8343

Professor Woods focuses primarily on the history of Turkey, Iran, and Central Asia from the thirteenth to eighteenth century. He is particularly interested in aspects of the encounter of sedentary and nomadic people in those regions during that time period. He is at present working on several projects dealing with the age of Chinggis Khan and Timur (Tamerlane). He has played a central role in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies since 1980. 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.