The 2010-2016 Steering Committee:
Judith B. Farquhar | 2016-2019
Max Palevsky Professor Emerita of Anthropology
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 | 2013-2019
Professor and Director of the Chicago Harris Ph.D. program and Senior Fellow at the National Opinion Research Center
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 Spitz Professor of International Law and Professor of Political Science
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.
The Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor in Economics; Director of the Economics Research Center; Director of the Center for Social Program Evaluation; Co-Director, Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group
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 of Graduate Studies; Center of 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 of Chinese Art History and East Asian Languages and Civilizations and in the Humanities Collegiate Division; Faculty Curator, Smart Museum of Art; Director, Center for the Art of East Asia
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 | 2013-2019
University Professor of Modern Chinese 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 of Chemistry and in the Physical Sciences Collegiate Division, James Franck Institute, and the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics
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 | 2013-2019
Professor in the 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 in Medicine and Human Genetics, Section of Hematology/Oncology; Director of the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program; Director of the Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics and 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 of Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Global Health; Associate Director of Education of the 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.
Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer is an expert in humanities, classical rhetoric, ancient novels, and Classical Roman culture and literature. She specializes in teaching on the subject of Roman literature and culture. She is the author of Decoding the Ancient Novel: The Reader and the Role of Description in Heliodorus and Achilles Tatius (Princeton University Press, 1989), Actors in the Audience: Theatricality and Doublespeak from Nero to Hadrian (Princeton University Press, 1994), Ideology in Cold Blood: A Reading of Lucan’s Civil War (Harvard University Press, 1998), and The Mirror of the Self: Sexuality, Self-Knowledge, and the Gaze in the Early Roman Empire (University Of Chicago Press, 2006).
Among her many honors and awards are the University’s Quantrell Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching and being among “40 under Forty” in Crain’s Chicago Business Journal. She delivered the 499th University commencement address in August 2009. Professor Bartsch-Zimmer graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Arts from Princeton University in 1987. She earned a Masters of Arts in Latin from the University of California Berkeley and was awarded a Ph.D. in Classics in 1992.
Gary S. Becker, 1930-2014, pioneered study in the fields of human capital, economics of the family, and economic analysis of crime, discrimination, addiction, and population. He was the author of more than 12 books and more than 50 articles.
Professor Becker won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 1992. He also was the Rose-Marie and Jack R. Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, a Research Associate of the Economics Research Center at the National Opinion Research Center, and an associate member of the Institute of Fiscal and Monetary Policy for the Ministry of Finance in Japan.
Professor Becker was a founding member of the National Academy of Education and a fellow in the American Statistical Association, the Econometric Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. He also was a member of the American Economic Association, of which he was president in 1987. A long-time faculty member of the University of Chicago, Becker joined the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business in 2002. He was an assistant professor in economics at the University of Chicago from 1954 to 1957, and taught at Columbia University from 1957 to 1969.
Professor Becker completed his undergraduate work summa cum laude in mathematics at Princeton University, and earned a master’s degree and a PhD from the University of Chicago, where his doctorate was awarded in 1955. Becker also held honorary degrees from several institutions, including Princeton University, Harvard University, Columbia University, and Hitoshibashi University in Japan.
Christopher K. Hsee conducts research on the interplay between psychology and economics, happiness, marketing, and cross-cultural psychology. Professor Hsee’s research has been published in a wide range of academic journals and featured in the media. His most recent articles include “Prominence effect in Shanghai apartment prices” forthcoming in Journal of Marketing Research, and “Hedonomics: Bridging decision research with happiness research” forthcoming in Perspectives on Psychological Science. Hsee’s research has earned him invitations to speak at almost all the prominent universities in the U.S. and China. He was recently awarded the McKinsey Award for excellence in teaching and the Phoenix Award for his involvement in student life both in the classroom as well as in extracurricular and community activities.
In addition to teaching and research, Professor Hsee serves or has served on the editorial boards of several academic journals, including the Journal of Marketing Research, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Behavior Decision Making, and Management and Organization Review. He has served as an ad hoc reviewer for nearly two dozen more.
Professor Hsee earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaii in 1989 and a PhD from Yale University in 1993. He joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 1993.
James Hevia’s research focuses on empire and imperialism in eastern and central Asia. His field specialties are modern China, the British Empire, Imperialism and Colonialism, and global studies. Primarily dealing with the British Empire in India and Southeast Asia and the Qing Empire in China, his research has centered around discovering the causes and justifications for conflict; how empire in Asia became normalized within Europe through markets, exhibitions and various forms of public media; and how the events of the nineteenth century are remembered in contemporary China. Dr. Hevia’s current research centers on how European empires in Asia developed and became dependent upon the production of useful knowledge about populations and geography to maintain themselves, focusing on British military intelligence in India from 1870 through the interwar period. In order to produce authoritative estimations of threats to British hegemony, military engineers, cartographers, statisticians, and translators created an information system that linked their “reconnaissance” missions to their vast library of contemporary source materials in multiple languages from northeast, southeast and south Asia, the Middle East and east Africa.
Dr. Hevia received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1986.
Chang-Tai Hsieh conducts research on growth and development. Hsieh has published several papers in top economic journals, including “Misallocation and Manufacturing TFP in China and India,” in the Quarterly Journal of Economics; “Relative Prices and Relative Prosperity,” in the American Economic Review; “Can Free Entry be Inefficient? Fixed Commissions and Social Waste in the Real Estate Industry,” in the Journal of Political Economy; and “What Explains the Industrial Revolution in East Asia? Evidence from the Factor Markets,” in the American Economic Review.
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, a Co-Director of the China Economics Summer Institute, and a member of the Steering Group of the International Growth Center in London. He is the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, Smith-Richardson Foundation Research Fellowship, and the Sun Ye-Fang award for research on the Chinese economy.
Josef Stern works and teaches in two main areas: medieval philosophy, especially Jewish and Arabic philosophy, and contemporary philosophy of language. His interests in the philosophy of language focus on the theory of reference, the role of context in semantic interpretation, the distinction between literal and non-literal meaning, and between linguistic and non-linguistic modes of representation and communication.
In medieval philosophy, Stern is completing a number of book projects that focus on epistemological and metaphysical issues in the philosophy of Moses Maimonides and his relation both to the Arabic philosophical tradition and to later Jewish thinkers, such as Nahmanides. He is also interested in Hume’s Dialogues concerning Natural Religion, the philosophy of art, skepticism, and the history of philosophical interpretation of Scripture. His teaching includes a civilization course “Rabbinic Judaism from the Mishnah to Maimonides,” courses on topics in medieval philosophy that cover Muslim, Jewish, and Christian philosophers, and “Maimonides and Hume on Religion.”
Dr. Michael Millis is an expert in adult and pediatric transplant surgery. His clinical interests include liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery. He has performed more liver transplants than any other surgeon in the region. Dr. Millis has pioneered new techniques of operating on the liver, and his innovations have helped the University of Chicago perform more liver transplants than any other program in the region over the past 15 years.
Dr. Millis’s research explores the application of cellular technology to patient care, such as investigating how hepatocyte transplantation, extracorporeal assist technology and stem cells can assist in the care of patients with liver disease or liver tumors.
Dr. Millis received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee in 1985, and after completing his residency training at the University of California at Los Angeles, School of Medicine, he started his practice in 1994. He is board certified for surgery by both the American Board of Surgery in Chicago, Illinois and the National Board of Medical Examiners, Los Angeles, California.
Dali L. Yang is Professor of Political Science and founding Faculty Director of the University of Chicago Center in Beijing. He previously served as director of the East Asian Institute in Singapore and is former Chairman of the Department of Political Science, former director of the Center for East Asian Studies and of the Committee on International Relations at the University of Chicago.
Among Professor Yang’s books are Remaking the Chinese Leviathan: Market Transition and the Politics of Governance in China (Stanford University Press, 2004); Calamity and Reform in China: State, Rural Society and Institutional Change since the Great Leap Famine (Stanford University Press, 1996); Beyond Beijing: Liberalization and the Regions in China (Routledge, 1997). He is also editor or co-editor of several other volumes and the author of many articles. He was a team member and contributor to The United States and Rise of China and India, by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Professor Yang has served on the editorial boards of leading academic journals, including American Political Science Review, Journal of Contemporary China, and World Politics. He has been a board member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and a consultant to industry, government agencies, and the World Bank.