• Amanda Blair

    Social Sciences Teaching Fellow, Political Science

    Amanda H. Blair specializes in comparative politics and gender studies. In her dissertation, "Going beyond accountability and untangling the politics of conflict-related rape," she interrogates current understandings of what counts as conflicted-related rape and examines​​ why rape is efficacious in particular contexts. And in her current project, "Coercive consumption," she ​ explores how armed conflict contributes to the development of sex economies and sex trafficking networks across Central and East Africa. Generally, Amanda's teaching and research interests include peace and conflict studies, gender studies, Sub-Saharan African politics, and research methods. She teaches introductory gender and sexuality studies, international studies, and social science research methods courses, as well as advanced courses, such as "Sex, gender, and war" and "Power, violence, and the Global North/South divide."

  • Michael Dango

    Humanities Teaching Fellow, English

    Michael Dango received his PhD in English from the University of Chicago in June 2017. He researches and teaches twentieth and twenty-first century American literature and culture, critical theory, and gender and sexuality studies. His book-in-progress, Styles of Repair, shows how formal developments in recent literature, film, architecture, and design provide new frameworks for living in the world, in particular re-framing intimacy and social and political formation in a world organized by political and environmental crisis.

  • Andrea Ford

    Social Sciences Teaching Fellow, Anthropology

    Andrea Ford is a cultural and medical anthropologist who received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2017. She teaches courses on the body, California, gender, globalization, and the politics of reproduction, as well as the College's Social Science Core, "Power, Identity, and Resistance." She also holds an MA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, an MA in African Studies from the University of Ghana, and an interdisciplinary BA in Anthropology, Sociology, and Religious Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include childbirth and reproduction, California and the United States, utopia/dystopia, the future and the imagination, gender and the body, political economy, and the ecology of embodiment, toxicity, and multi-species interactions. Her dissertation, "Near Birth: Gendered Politics, Embodied Ecologies, and Ethical Futures in Californian Childbearing," investigated the culture surrounding childbirth in California, paying particular attention to evidence, intuition, and the construction of legitimate knowledge, imaginaries of utopian/dystopian futures, and ecological concerns including environmental toxicity and the human microbiome. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in the California Bay Area and in West Africa, and has taught at the University of Chicago, Stanford University, and UChicago's Arts and Sciences summer program in Bangalore, India. In addition to her academic work, she is a research fellow at the Frameworks Institute in Washington, DC, a writer for Stanford Medicine, and a full-spectrum doula and reproductive justice advocate.

  • Kathryn Franich

    Humanities Teaching Fellow, Linguistics

    Katie Franich completed her PhD in the linguistics department at U of C in September of 2017. Her work focuses on the sounds of language and, in particular, how rhythmic prominence asymmetries are realized across languages. Much of her research draws on data from Medumba, a Grassfields Bantu language spoken in Cameroon, on which Katie has been conducting fieldwork since 2010. More recently, Katie hs become interested in how rhythm and prosodic structure in language may be differently processed by individuals with developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder. As a Humanities Teaching Fellow, Katie will be teaching a course of her own design entitled Linguistic Approaches to Language Disorders, as well as an undergraduate course in linguistic field methods. She will also be teaching the Humanities Core course Language and the Human.

  • Dominic Gibson

    Social Sciences Teaching Fellow, Psychology

  • Rachel Kyne

    Humanities Teaching Fellow, English

    Rachel Kyne is a postdoctoral Humanities Teaching Fellow in English at the University of Chicago, where she completed her PhD in August 2017 under the supervision of Bill Brown, Maud Ellmann, John Muse, and Vincent Sherry (Washington University in St. Louis). She works on British and French modernism, visual culture, and poetics. Her doctoral dissertation, "Stuck in Time: Modernist Momentums," examines modernist responses to the slow time of trench warfare and reconstruction during and after the First World War. Rachel has a BFA in Painting (2005) from the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design in Vancouver and an MA in English and Creative Writing (2010) from Concordia University in Montreal, where she produced a manuscript of poetry as her thesis. She served as a curatorial intern at the Smart Museum of Art from 2011-2016 and has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as well as the University of Chicago. Rachel is a recipient of the France Chicago Center's Collège de France Fellowship, a 4-year Doctoral Award from the Social Studies and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and fellowships from the NEH, the Mellon Foundation, and the Nicholson Center for British Studies.

  • Guy Emerson Mount

    Social Sciences Teaching Fellows, History

    Guy Emerson Mount defended his dissertation at the University of Chicago in the Summer of 2017. His work focuses primarily on the problems of race, empire, and capitalism in the modern world. Through a transnational, interracial, intersectional approach to black history, his current book manuscript examines black colonization efforts to Hawai'i and the Philippines in the Long Nineteenth-Century. Tentatively titled “The Last Reconstruction: Slavery, Emancipation, and Empire in the Black Pacific,” this work follows the lives of everyday black workers, from both the U.S. and the Caribbean, who fled an emerging Jim Crow regime for a new life in the Pacific. It argues that through this window, America’s overseas empire emerges as a backwards-looking political project that was deeply informed by slavery and built, largely, as a response to emancipation. His previously published work has contributed to scholarship on mixed race identities, interracial sexuality, and the transnational influences on African American religion. Most recently, he was part of the scholarly team that uncovered the University of Chicago’s historical ties to slavery, the findings of which are scheduled to be published in an upcoming volume of the Journal of African American History. Currently he teaches courses in U.S. History, African American History, and the Global History of Reparations. He also writes a monthly piece for Black Perspectives, the online home of the African American Intellectual History Society. Those interested in his work can follow him on Twitter @GuyEmersonMount and email him at guymount@uchicago.edu.

  • Daniel Nichanian

    Social Sciences Teaching Fellow, Political Science

    Daniel Nichanian is a political theorist who received his PhD in September 2016 from the Political Science Department at the University of Chicago. His dissertation, Seizing a Seat at the Table: Participatory Politics in the Face of Disqualification, examines how people work to contribute to the business of government in situations where they are not recognized as having the proper qualifications to do so. His research interests include democratic theory, political participation, American and French political history and thought, and the role of expertise in democratic government. He has taught courses on the history of political thought and on contemporary democratic theory. He holds a B.A. from Yale University (2008) and an M.A. from Université Paris VII-Diderot (2010). He grew up in Paris and in New York.

  • Seamus Power

    Social Sciences Teaching Fellow, Comparative Human Development

  • Samuel Rowe

    Humanities Teaching Fellow, English

    Sam Rowe completed his PhD in the English department in 2017, with a dissertation on villain characters, economics, and desire in the eighteenth-century novel. He teaches courses on eighteenth-century and Romantic Anglophone literary culture, and his scholarship appears in ELH and Romantic Circles Praxis.

  • Basil Salem

    Social Sciences Teaching Fellow, History

  • Jordan Schonig

    Humanities Teaching Fellow, Cinema and Media Studies

    Jordan Schonig received his PhD in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Chicago in 2017. His dissertation, “Cinema’s Motion Forms: Film Theory, the Digital Turn, and the Possibilities of Cinematic Motion,” rethinks central debates in film theory by examining the phenomenology of cinematic motion. Schonig is broadly interested in the intersections between philosophical aesthetics and film theory, phenomenological approaches to film studies, and genealogies of modernism in film and the other arts. His work on such topics has been published or is forthcoming in Synoptique, Discourse, and New Review of Film and Television Studies.

  • Nora Taplin-Kaguru

    Social Sciences Teaching Fellow, Sociology

    Nora received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago in December 2016. Her research and teaching interests include qualitative methods, urban sociology, race and the sociology of technology. More specifically, her current work examines how middle-income African American homebuyers understand their own roles in navigating the homebuying process in a racially segregated metropolitan region. She is working on a book based on this research, titled Grasping at the American Dream: The Home Ownership Process for Middle-Income African Americans in a Racially Segregated Metropolitan Region. She joined the CCT and the Department of Sociology as a Teaching Fellow in Fall 2016. She teaches the Power, Identity and Resistance Core Sequence and Sociology of Social Media.

  • Jessica Tizzard

    Humanities Teaching Fellow, Philosophy

  • Maria Velasco

    Humanities Teaching Fellow, Music

  • Dan Wang

    Humanities Teaching Fellow, Music