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. 

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.

Or Porath

Post-Doctoral Researcher
Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Or Porath is a scholar of Buddhist studies with broad interests in East Asian religions, the history of gender and sexuality, and monasticism. Porath specializes in the religions of Japan, specifically the influential school of Tendai Buddhism, its doctrines and practices, and the intersection between the Buddhist worldviews and issues of gender and sexuality. His current book project, The Flower of Dharma Nature: Sexual Consecration and Empowerment in Medieval Japanese Buddhism, examines the "consecration of acolytes" (chigo kanjō), a sexual initiation that was doctrinally sanctioned in orthodox Buddhist teachings. Porath investigates in his work how male-male sexual acts were sanctified and grounded in Tendai doctrinal concepts, and the manner in which they shed light on the Buddhist assimilation of local forms of worship including Shinto.

He is the author of  “The Cosmology of Male-Male Love in Medieval Japan: Nyakudō no Kanjinchō and the Way of Youths,” in Journal of Religion in Japan (2015), and “Nasty Boys or Obedient Children? Childhood and Relative Autonomy in Medieval Japanese Pedagogical Texts,” in Child’s Play: Multi-sensory Histories of Children and Childhood in Japan (2017). 

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 interest in methodology of East-West comparison resulted in the volume on Russian-Japanese intellectual relations  Japan’s Russia: Challenging the East-West Paradigm, co-edited with historian of modern Japan Sho Konishi (Cambria Press, 2021). 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 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.