Faculty Steering Committee

Faculty Director

Judith B. Farquhar | 2016-2019
Professor Emerita of Anthropology and in the Social Sciences Collegiate Division; Faculty Director of the University of Chicago Center in Beijing
Judith Farquhar does research on traditional medicine, popular culture, and everyday life in contemporary China. Anthropological areas of interest include medical anthropology; the anthropology of knowledge and of embodiment; critical theory and cultural studies; and theories of reading, writing, and translation. She is the author of Knowing Practice: The Clinical Encounter of Chinese Medicine, Appetites: Food and Sex in Post-Socialist China, and Beyond the Body Proper: Reading the Anthropology of Material Life.

Business, Economics & Policy

Daniel Black | 2013-2017
Professor, Harris School of Public Policy; Senior Fellow, NORC
Dan A. Black serves as Research Director of the CWICstat program, a research group that aides Chicago in their workforce development programs. He also serves as the project director for the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Labor Economics, Labour Economics, and Journal of Urban Economics. His research focuses on labor economics and applied econometrics. His papers have appeared in the top journals in economics, statistics, and demography. Black holds a BA and MA in history from the University of Kansas and an MS and PhD in economics from Purdue University.

Thomas Ginsburg | 2013-2017
Leo A. Spitz Professor of International Law, Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar and Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago Law School
Thomas Ginsburg focuses on comparative and international law from an interdisciplinary perspective. He currently co-directs the Comparative Constitutions Project, an effort funded by the National Science Foundation to gather and analyze the constitutions of all independent nation-states since 1789. His book, Judicial Review in New Democracies (Cambridge University Press 2003), won the C. Herman Pritchett Award from the American Political Science Association for best book on law and courts. He served as a legal adviser at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, The Hague, Netherlands, and consulted with international development agencies and foreign governments. He holds BA, JD, and PhD degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.

Zhiguo He | 2015-2018
Professor of Finance
Zhiguo He is interested in banking, corporate finance, financial market and crisis, with a special focus on contract theory. His research has been published in leading academic journals including American Economic Review, Econometrica, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, and Management Science. He was awarded the 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in Economics. Before joining the Chicago Booth faculty in 2008, he was visiting the Bendheim Center for Finance at Princeton University as a post-doc fellow.

James Heckman | 2013-2017
Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor in Economics
James Heckman is an economist and Nobel laureate. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the American Bar Foundation and Professor of Science and Society at the Geary Institute, University College Dublin. Heckman’s research combines methodological and empirical techniques in evaluating the impact of a variety of social programs on the economy and on the society at large. He has written on the impact of civil rights and affirmative action programs in the U.S., on the impact of taxes on labor supply and human capital accumulation, on the impact of public and private job training on earnings and employment, on the impact of unionism on labor markets in developing countries, and on the impact of skill certification programs.

Culture, Society & the Arts 

Paul Copp | Ex-officio
Associate Professor in Chinese Religion and Thought, East Asian Languages and Civilizations; Director, Center for East Asian Studies
Professor Copp’s research focuses on the history of religious practice in China during the eighth through the twelfth centuries. In particular, he studies material sources (manuscripts, amulets, seals, archaeological sites, etc) for the practices of Chinese Buddhism in this period. More recently, he has sought to broaden his work by beginning to study the histories of Manichaeism and Christianity at Dunhuang and Turfan, key sites on the eastern “silk roads.” In general, he has a strong interest in exploring premodern China in its broader eastern Eurasian contexts.

Wu Hung | 2013-2017
Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor, Art History, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College; Director, Center for the Art of East Asia; Consulting Curator, Smart Museum of Art
Wu Hung specializes in early Chinese art, from the earliest years to the Cultural Revolution. His special research interests include relationships between visual forms (architecture, bronze vessels, pictorial carvings and murals, etc.) and ritual, social memory and political discourses. Wu Hung has published many books and written articles and exhibition-texts about contemporary Chinese art and visual culture, and in 2005 he curated the festival About Beauty in the House of World Cultures in Berlin. During this festival the former Congress Hall was turned into a unified work of art. His recent publications include: Remaking Beijing: Tiananmen Square and the Creation of a Political Space (2005).

Paola Iovene | 2015-2018
Associate Professor in Chinese Literature, East Asian Languages and Civilizations; Director of Undergraduate Studies
Paola Iovene’s work focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century Chinese literature and film. Her areas of research include contemporary Chinese fiction and criticism; popular science; conceptions of Chinese realism, modernism, and avant-garde; the translation of foreign literature in socialist China; narrative temporality in fiction and film; late 1940s cinema; opera film; and post-1989 Chinese independent documentary film. Professor Iovene is working on several projects, including a book tentatively titled Precarious Testimony: The Poetics of Presence in Chinese Independent Documentary Film.

Kenneth Pomeranz | 2013-2017
University Professor of History
The work of Kenneth Pomeranz focuses mostly on China, though he is also very interested in comparative and world history. Most of his research is in social, economic, and environmental history, though he has also worked on state formation, imperialism, religion, gender, and other topics. His publications include The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy (2000), which won the John K. Fairbank Prize from the AHA, and The Making of a Hinterland: State, Society and Economy in Inland North China, 1853‑1937 (1993), which also won the Fairbank Prize.

Science, Medicine & Public Health

Ka Yee Lee | 2013-2017
Professor, Chemistry, James Franck Institute, Institute for Biophysical Dynamics, and the College; Director, Materials Research Center
Ka Yee Lee conducts research on lung surfactant, a complex mixture of lipids and proteins that assists the breathing process. Her work is designed to better understand the molecular causes behind the proper functioning of the lung and to help explain how specific chemical or physical alterations in lung surfactant might lead to Respiratory Distress Syndrome. Lee also studies beta amyloid, a plaque-forming substance implicated in the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease. Her many honors include research fellowships from the Alfred Sloan Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the Biophysical Society’s Margaret Oakley Dayhoff Award.

Zhe-xi Luo | 2013-2017
Professor, Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy and the College
Zhe-xi Luo heads The Luo Lab, devoted to the understanding of the origins and earliest evolution of mammals. In his fieldwork to search for dinosaurs and fossil mammals, he works in many parts of United States and China. Luo also studies the evolution of whales. Luo and his international team of scientists have made discoveries of many early fossil mammals including Hadrocodium (the “paper clip” mammal from the Early Jurassic), Castorocauda (the earliest known swimming mammal), Juramaia (the earliest known fossil of the eutherian lineage), and Sinodelphys (the earliest known member of the metatherian lineage).

Olufunmilayo I. Olopade | Ex-officio
Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor, Medicine and Human Genetics; Director, Hematology and Oncology Fellowship Program; Director, Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics; Associate Dean for Global Health
Dr. Olopade is an expert in cancer risk assessment and individualized treatment for the most aggressive forms of breast cancer, having developed novel management strategies based on an understanding of the altered genes in individual patients. She stresses comprehensive risk reducing strategies and prevention in high-risk populations, as well as earlier detection. She is a recipient of the Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scientist and Exceptional Mentor Award, an American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professorship, and a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship.

Renslow Sherer | 2013-2017
Professor, Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases and Global Health; Director, International AIDS Training Center, Associate Director of Education, Global Health Initiative
Dr. Sherer has had extensive global health experience. Dr Sherer has had experience in a variety of research activities, including leadership in clinical trials, observational studies, health service outcome studies, and model programs, including cutting edge international health interventions such as integrated TB/HIV programs (Malawi and Ukraine), micro credit in support of orphans (Namibia and Mozambique), community-based HIV care and home based care (China, Mozambique, and Honduras), and rapid ART scale up with health worker training (China and Malawi). In addition, he has an interest in medical education and health worker training in infectious diseases and general internal medicine.