The departmental faculty includes more than two dozen full-time members who are leading scholars in their respective fields and who have produced an impressive variety of academic and creative works. Our instructors have backgrounds in various languages, philosophy, history, anthropology, political science and more.
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Full-Time Faculty Jaafar Aksikas Associate Professor
Cultural Studies; Critical Ethnic Studies; Critical Theory; Research Methods and Methodologies; Post-Colonial Studies; Critical Media Studies; Globalization and Culture; Middle Eastern Cultural Studies; and American Studies.
Rojhat Avsar Associate Professor
Ethics and Economics, Economic Policies, Political Economy, Behavioral Economics
Ava Belisle-Chatterjee Coordinator of Education
Methods courses for teaching at the K - 8th grade levels, especially math and social studies methods.
Andrew Causey Professor
Social-cultural Anthropology, Ethnography, Linguistics
Melanie Chambliss Assistant Professor
African American History
Steven Corey Dean
Urban Studies, Environmental Studies, History
Gabriela Diaz de Sabates Assistant Professor
Women, gender, and sexuality studies; Latino and Latin American studies, women's life stories, oral stories and narratives, gender and immigration, state violence and gender.
Carmelo Esterrich Associate Professor
Latin American Studies
Stephanie Frank Associate Professor of Instruction
religion and modernity, religion and violence, religion and gender, religion and capitalism, religion in Chicago, ethics, modern European history
Rami Gabriel Associate Professor
Courses taught include: Self and Identity: the Mind–Body Question, The Psychology of Consciousness, Freud and His Legacy in Twentieth Century Arts, Drugs and the Brain, Evolution of the Mind, Soul, Country and USA, and Emotions.
Ann Gunkel Associate Professor
Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Media and Popular Culture, Humanities
William Hayashi Associate Professor
creativity and consciousness, meditation and mindfulness, philosophy of love
Erin McCarthy Associate Professor
History of Chicago, Oral History, Public History, 1930s, Sport History.
Eliza Nichols Professor
Cultural, Media, Urban Studies: theory and global urban issues, Literary Studies related to French, African and Black World Studies, French and Francophone language, Culture, Civilization and Literature in global context.
Marni Nissen Olmstead Assistant Professor of Instruction
Early Childhood Education, Arts Integration
Kathleen Paciga Associate Professor
Literacy Development, Language Development, Culture & Education, Child Development, Children's Literature, Educational Interactive Media, Teaching methods
Teresa Prados-Torreira Associate Professor
Her classes include “American Cultural History,” “The Nineteen Twenties and the Birth of Modern America,” “Cartoons and Satire in American History” and “Letters from the American Past.”
Robert Watkins Associate Professor
Political Theory, Cultural Studies, American Politics
Michelle Yates Assistant Professor
Cultural studies; Critical whiteness studies; Environmental humanities; Film and media; Gender and sexuality; Technology and culture; Urban studies
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