As this fall quarter draws to a close, I am excited to share a new issue of Dialogo with you. These articles and updates highlight recent research findings and accolades from across our disciplines and programs.

The quarter has been an exciting one for faculty, students, and staff as we more fully gathered together and resumed myriad activities on campus. From classes and workshops to research team meetings and more informal social gatherings, opportunities to convene in person reinforced the strength of our community of scholars. Among those events were the 2021 John Hope Franklin Lectures, held in-person at the University’s new David Rubenstein Forum, with virtual access for attendees near and far. If you have not yet had a chance to read the recap or watch the Thursday afternoon lecture by Heather Ann Thompson, of the University of Michigan, that is available here. In addition, SSD faculty -- including Will Howell, Cathy Cohen, Marco Garrido, and Michael Kremer – were featured in UChicago’s Fall Harper Lectures. More details about those events and interviews with faculty speakers are available here.

Division faculty have also contributed their expertise and diverse perspectives on a variety of topics in the news. Among many, John Mearsheimer commented in the November/December 2021 Foreign Affairs regarding "The Inevitable Rivalry: America, China, and the Tragedy of Great-Power Politics". James Heckman discussed "How America should spend on child care" in the September 2021 issue of The Economist. Casey Mulligan authored an op-ed, “Biden Would Make Day Care Even More Expensive” in the December 9, 2021, Wall Street Journal.  John Macaloon spoke with NPR on December 10, 2021, regarding how  "Olympic officials avoided direct answers when asked about China's human rights issue". Robert Vargas appeared on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight to talk about "How the Wards Get Their Shapes and Why You Should Care". For more faculty in the news, please visit this list, updated daily, on our website.

I hope you enjoy a restful winter break. If your plans include reading, please take a look at the recent faculty books highlighted in this issue. In addition, the SSD GoodReads offers a fuller roster of works by our faculty, past and present. 

I hope too that 2022 will offer you many opportunities to stay connected with the Division of the Social Sciences. In addition to Dialogo and the SSD website, please keep up-to-date on our latest news, research findings, and events by following us on Twitter and Facebook.

With best wishes,

Amanda Woodward
Dean, Division of the Social Sciences
William S. Gray Distinguished Service Professor of Psychology


Research Project: Andrew Eggers

Research Project: Howard Nusbaum

Research Project: Robert Vargas

Research Resource: Lloyd and Susanne Rudolph Papers

2021 John Hope Franklin Lectures

Faculty Accolades:

New Faculty Books:

In Memoriam: