Faculty Steering Committee

A faculty steering committee has been formed by the University Provost to plan and guide the intellectual content and programming for the center. Steering committee members continue our ongoing engagement.  

They will build on their longtime partnerships to help plan and guide the intellectual content and programming for the Center in Delhi. Current committee members are:

Faculty Director

Gary A. Tubb
Professor, Department of South Asian Languages and Literatures and the College Read full overview.

As faculty director of the University of Chicago’s Center in Delhi, Dr. Tubb works with the University community to develop and oversee the implementation of a broad and ambitious Center agenda, foster strong partnerships with Indian and regional colleagues, engage area alumni, and establish the Center as a model for international scholarly endeavors.

A leading Sanskrit scholar, Gary examines the tradition’s poetics, grammatical forms and commentarial traditions and draws insights across the culture’s philosophy, religion, and literature. Speaking Sanskrit, German, Hindi and Urdu and familiar with Marathi, French, Latin, Spanish and Prakrit, Gary brings unparalleled skills to bear on original texts and widespread commentaries and has written the definitive disciplinary reference: Scholastic Sanskrit: A Handbook for Students, currently being updated for a second edition. His book, On Poets and Pots: Essays on Sanskrit Poetry, Poetics, and Philosophy, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Gary has served as the Chair of the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations as well as its Director of Graduate Studies, and as the Chair of the Indian Ministry of Culture Vivekananda Visiting Professorship search committee. He is a member of the University’s faculty steering committee for the India Center.

Gary earned a Ph.D. in Sanskrit and Indian Studies from Harvard University (1979) and previously taught at Harvard University (where he was chair of the Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies and Editor of the Harvard Oriental Series), Brown University, Vassar College and Columbia University before joining our faculty in 2007. He has held visiting appointments as a scholar-in-residence at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University. Gary has been recognized as a Research Fellow of the International Association of Sanskrit Studies.

Steering Committee Members

Marianne Bertrand
Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business Read full overview.

Marianne Bertrand is the Chris P. Dialynas Professor of Economics the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She is a Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Center for Economic Policy Research, and the Institute for the Study of Labor.

Professor Bertrand is an applied micro-economist whose research covers the fields of labor economics, corporate finance, and development economics. Her research in these areas has been published widely, including numerous research articles in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Political Economy, the American Economic Review, and the Journal of Finance.

Professor Bertrand is a Co-Director of Chicago Booth’s Social Enterprise Initiative. She is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Board for the University of Chicago’s Collegium for Culture and Society, as well as of the Board of Directors for the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab. Professor Bertrand also serves as co-editor of the American Economic Review.

She has received several awards and honors, including the 2004 Elaine Bennett Research Prize, awarded by the American Economic Association to recognize and honor outstanding research in any field of economics by a woman at the beginning of her career, and the 2012 Society of Labor Economists’ Rosen Prize for Outstanding Contributions to Labor Economics. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Born in Belgium, Professor Bertrand received a Bachelor’s Degree in economics from Belgium’s Universite Libre de Bruxelles in 1991, followed by a Master’s Degree in econometrics from the same institution the next year. She moved to the United States in 1993 and earned a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1998. She was a faculty member in the Department of Economics at Princeton University for two years before joining Chicago Booth in 2000.

Dipesh Chakrabarty
Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College. Read full overview.

Dipesh Chakrabarty studied at Presidency College, Calcutta, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and at the Australian National University from where he obtained his PhD in history. He is also a Faculty Fellow of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory, an Associate Faculty of the Department of English, and holds a courtesy appointment in the University's Law School. He is also Long-Term Visiting Fellow at the Research School of Humanities at the Australian National University in Canberra. He is a founding member of the editorial collective of Subaltern Studies, a Consulting Editor for Critical Inquiry, and a founding editor of the Series South Asia Across Disciplines. He is a member of the Board of Experts for Non-Western Art, Humboldt Forum, Berlin, and a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Center for Global Cooperation Research, Bonn and Essen.

He has held fellowships and distinguished visiting positions at many European, American, Australian, and Indian institutions including Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Vienna, Universities of Washington, Manchester (UK). Iowa, Minnesota, California (Berkeley), European Union Humanities University, Vilnius, Lithuania, Max Planck Institute at Goettingen, Center for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (India), Centre for Studies in Social Sciences (India), Princeton University and elsewhere. His publications include: Rethinking Working-Class History: Bengal 1890-1940 (Princeton: 1989, 2000); Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference (Princeton, 2000; second edn. 2007); Habitations of Modernity: Essays in the Wake of Subaltern Studies (Chicago, 2002); El humanismo en la era de la globalizacion and La descolonizacion y las politicas culturales (Buenos Aires and Barcelona, 2009). He has also edited (with Shahid Amin) Subaltern Studies IX (Delhi: OUP, 1996), (with Carol Breckenridge, Homi Bhabha, and Sheldon Pollock) Cosmopolitanism (Duke, 2000); (with Rochona Majumdar and Andrew Sartori) From the Colonial to the Postcolonial: India and Pakistan in Transition (Delhi: OUP, 2007); (with Bain Attwood and Claudio Lomnitz) “The Public Life of History,” a special issue of Public Culture (2008); He was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2004 and Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2006. He was also awarded an “Eminent Scholar Award” at the International Studies Association Convention in 2007 and has been invited by the University of London to receive a D. Litt (Honoris Causa) in September 2010.

Before joining Chicago, Chakrabarty taught at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Chakrabarty’s current research is focused on three areas: a book on the history of objectivity in history—much of this is focused on the Indian historian Sir Jadunath Sarkar (1870– 1958); another on the implications of the science of climate change for historical and political thinking; and third one on democracy and political thought in South Asia.

James Chandler
Barbara E. & Richard J. Franke Professor, Department of English Language & Literature Read full overview.

James Chandler is the Barbara E. & Richard J. Franke Professor, Department of English Language & Literature, Committees on the History of Culture, Cinema & Media Studies, and Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, and the College; Director of the Center for Disciplinary Innovation, Director of the Franke Institute, and Co-Director of the Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture.

Chandler’s publications include: An Archaeology of Sympathy: The Sentimental Mode in Literature and Cinema (University of Chicago Press, 2013); The New Cambridge History of English Romantic Literature, ed. (Cambridge University Press, 2008); The Cambridge Companion to Romantic Poetry, ed. with Maureen McLane (Cambridge University Press, 2008); Romantic Metropolis: The Urban Scene in British Romanticism, 1780-1840, ed. with Kevin Gilmartin (Cambridge University Press, 2005); England in 1819: The Politics of Literary Culture and the Case of Romantic Historicism (University of Chicago Press, 1998); Questions of Evidence: Proof, Practice, and Persuasion Across the Disciplines, ed. with Arnold Davidson and H. N. Harootunian (University of Chicago Press, 1994); and Wordsworth's Second Nature: A Study of the Poetry and Politics (University of Chicago Press, 1984).

His research and teaching interests include the Romantic movement; the study of lyric poetry; the history of the novel; relations between politics and literature, history and criticism; the Scottish Enlightenment; modern Irish literature and culture; the sentimental mode; cinema studies; and the history of humanities disciplines.

Chandler has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Robert Chaskin
Associate Professor and Deputy Dean for Strategic Initiatives, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago. Read full overview.

Robert J. Chaskin is an Associate Professor and the Deputy Dean for Strategic Initiatives at the School of Social Service Administration. His research interests include community organizing and development, community social organization, comprehensive community initiatives, youth development, associations and nonprofits, philanthropy and social change, knowledge utilization and evaluation, and cross-national research. In addition to his role at SSA, Professor Chaskin has worked with Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago since 1990 where he is currently an Affiliated Scholar. At SSA, Professor Chaskin teaches courses on social policy, community development, and program implementation and on theories and strategies of community change.

Professor Chaskin’s work focuses on the conceptual foundations and principal strategies of contemporary community intervention in the context of urban poverty. He has written widely on the topics of neighborhood intervention, community capacity building, and the dynamics of participatory planning and neighborhood governance. His research focuses on social policy and community practice in two principal ways: through grounded, case-study investigations of particular interventions and through synthetic, cross-intervention analyses. To date, Professor Chaskin’s work has evolved along three major lines. The first is concerned with theories of community and social policy responses to urban poverty, the second focuses strategies of community change with a particular focus on participatory planning and democratic governance at the neighborhood level, and the third is concerned with the application of knowledge to inform community practice and policy.

Among other projects, he is currently engaged in a multi-year, multi-site study of public housing reform in Chicago, with a particular focus on the emerging mixed-income developments being built in several Chicago neighborhoods on the footprint of former public housing developments, as well as a study of the New Communities Program, a community development effort underway in 16 Chicago neighborhoods. In India, he has for a number of years organized educational and scholarly exchanges on issues concerning urban poverty in collaboration with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and is developing comparative research on urban restructuring processes and their impact on the urban poor in India and the United States.

Professor Chaskin received his A.M. in Anthropology and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago.

Michael Greenstone
Milton Friedman Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and the Director of the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC) Read full overview.

Michael Greenstone is the Milton Friedman Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and the Director of the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC).  His other current positions and affiliations include Elected Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Editor of the Journal of Political Economy, Faculty Director of the E2e Project, Head of the JPAL Environment and Energy Program, Co-Director of the International Growth Centre’s Energy Research Programme, Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  Additionally, he has extensive policy experience, serving as the Chief Economist for President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, as an editor of The Review of Economics and Statistics and as a member of the EPA Science Advisory Board’s Environmental Economics Advisory Committee.

Greenstone’s research is increasingly focused on developing countries, especially estimating the costs and benefits of environmental quality and society's energy choices.  He has engaged in projects with the Government of India and four Indian state governments that used randomized control trials to test innovative ways to improve the functioning of environmental regulations and increase energy access.

Greenstone received a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University and a B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College.

Young Kee Kim
Louis Block Professor in Physics, Enrico Fermi Institute and the College. Read full overview.

Young-Kee Kim has made outstanding contributions to the understanding of fundamental particles and their interactions. Kim joined the UChicago faculty in 2003 and served as deputy director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory from 2006 - 2013. Previously she taught at the University of California, Berkeley.

Kim has devoted much of her work to understanding the origin of mass for fundamental particles, which manifests itself as weight under the force of gravity. She has studied the two most massive particles, the W boson and the top quark, at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in order to better understand how particles acquire mass.

Kim is the former co-spokesperson (co-leader) of the CDF (Collider Detector at Fermilab) experiment at Fermilab’s Tevatron, which completed data collection last September. Kim also participates in the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the European laboratory for particle physics in Geneva, Switzerland, and in an effort to develop the next generation of accelerators.

Kim’s many honors include the University of Rochester’s Distinguished Scholar Medal (2010), the South Korean government’s Science and Education Service Medal (2008), and the Ho-Am Prize (2005) for outstanding achievements in basic science.

William Mazzarella
Professor, Department of Anthropology and the College. Read full overview.

William Mazzarella writes and teaches on the political anthropology of mass publicity, with special reference to India. His books include Shoveling Smoke: Advertising and Globalization in Contemporary India (Duke, 2003) and Censorium: Cinema and the Open Edge of Mass Publicity (Duke, 2013). He is also the co-editor, with Raminder Kaur, of Censorship in South Asia: Cultural Regulation from Sedition to Seduction (Indiana, 2009). He is currently working on a series of projects that engage with documentary film, crowds and multitudes, and the Bombay advertising world of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Martha C. Nussbaum
Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor, the Law School and Department of Philosophy Read full overview.

Martha Nussbaum is also an Associate Member in Classics, Divinity, and Political Science, a Member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, the Coordinator of the Center for Comparative Constitutionalism, and a board member of the Human Rights Program. Nussbaum received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Prior to joining the University of Chicago faculty, she was a University Professor at Brown University. From 1986 to 1993 she was a research advisor at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, Helsinki, a branch of the United Nations University, where she worked with Amartya Sen to establish the Human Development (or “capabilities”) approach to the measurement of welfare. She and Sen are the two Founding Presidents of the international Human Development and Capability Association, which held its 2008 annual meeting in Delhi. She is also former President of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association, and has chaired the Association’s Committee on International Cooperation, its Committee on the Status of Women and its Committee on Public Philosophy.

Her longstanding connection with India includes an appointment as Visiting Professor of Political Science at JNU, a consultancy with the UNDP-Delhi on gender and governance, and work on gender equality and law with The Lawyer’s Collective (Delhi). She is also an honorary Professor of the Institute for Development Studies Kolkata (IDSK). Her book Women and Human Development: The Capabilities Approach (2000), focuses on the struggle for gender equality in India. Among her many other books, the most recent are Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership (2006), The Clash Within: Democracy, Religious Violence, and India’s Future (2007), Liberty of Conscience: In Defense of America’s Tradition of Religious Equality (2008) and From Disgust to Humanity: Sexual Orientation and Constitutional Law (2010), Not For Profit: Liberal Education and Democratic Citizenship (Princeton, 2010), Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach (Harvard, 2011), and Why Love Matters for Justice (2013). She has also edited numerous books, and is currently co-editing with Zoya Hasan of JNU a volume called Equalizing Access: Affirmative Action in Higher Education: India, US, and South Africa (OUP India) deriving from a conference on Affirmative Action and Higher Education co-sponsored by JNU and the University of Chicago.  Her current work in process is on Anger, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation, and will be the John Locke Lectures in Philosophy at Oxford University 2013.  For additional information, please click here.

John A. Schneider
MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Departments of Medicine and Health Studies; Director Chicago Center for HIV Elimination Read full overview.

Dr. John Schneider MD, MPH is a network epidemiologist and infectious disease specialist in the Departments of Medicine and Health Studies and is Director of the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination.  His NIH-funded research focuses on how social networks can be leveraged to improve the health of at-risk populations in resource restricted settings.  Clinically, he specializes in adolescent and adult HIV primary care and has a specific interest in provision of high-quality care to LGBT community members.  He has extensive experience with advancing the physician patient relationship in resource restricted settings, including his current clinic at a Federally Qualified Health Center on the South Side of Chicago and during his time working in Southern India.

He has been conducting research, teaching and providing clinical care in South India for the past decade having lived in Hyderabad for two years during a Lancet International fellowship. He has completed some of the first examinations of sexual networks of tribal Indians and of truck drivers from a generally representative sample in India.  Currently he is working to develop digital communication technology applications for HIV prevention among high risk men including truck-drivers and men who have sex with men. He has worked to develop public private partnerships working closely with Gati, one of the largest transportation companies in India. Dr. Schneider has professional ties with public health education and training institutions in India and oversaw a transport sector clinic in Southern India.  He consults for several federally funded grants that are implemented in India and is a frequent collaborator with the Public Health Foundation of India.