Humanities and Social Sciences

Discover the value of a degree in the humanities and social sciences, in which you can study something you enjoy while developing skills that can transfer to various professions. Our panel participants hold humanities and social sciences degrees from the College and many continued on to obtain PhDs. Hear from alumni, including three current professors, about how they earned PhDs and what they are doing within careers in Academia/Research. Attend the roundtable discussions to hear how a diverse group of alumni have leveraged their undergraduate experiences and professional networks to advance into a variety of successful careers, from freelancing to non-profit research analysis. Learn how you can do the same.

Panel Participants

John W. Boyer, AM'69, PhD'75

Dean of the College, Martin A. Ryerson Distinguished Professor of History, The University of Chicago

In 2012, John W. Boyer was appointed to an unprecedented fifth term as Dean of the College, a position he has held since 1992. During his tenure Boyer has strengthened the College curriculum and the admissions program, and established the Careers programs and the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts. He was also instrumental in the founding of the University of Chicago Center in Paris. A specialist in the history of the Habsburg Empire and of Central Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Dean Boyer regularly teaches and has also written a series of monographs on various aspects of the history of the College and the University. Additionally, he has served as an editor of the Journal of Modern History since 1980. Dean Boyer received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1975 and joined the faculty in the same year.

Kelly Daley, AB'90, PhD'05, MA 1996 Johns Hopkins University

Vice President, ABT SRBI

Ms. Daley graduated from the College in 1990 with a degree in political science and completed her PhD in sociology in 2005. She has more than 20 years of successful policy and survey research and data collection management experience with multi-modal survey projects. She plays a key role in directing all aspects of survey research at Abt SRBI, where she is vice president in family, workforce and nutrition research and practice lead for labor and workforce survey research. She specializes in the application of qualitative methods for survey questionnaire design and data analysis across a variety of subject matters.

Elaine Hadley, PhD'91 (Johns Hopkins University)

Department Chair, UChicago English Department

Professor Hadley has been teaching at the University of Chicago since 1993; she has degrees from Georgetown, Oxford and Johns Hopkins. She has been director of graduate studies for nine years and has just completed a stint as chair of the department. Her research focuses on the British nineteenth century, with two books published: Melodramatic Tactics, 1995, and Living Liberalism, 2010. She is currently at work on a book, tentatively titled Partial War, which concerns war, politics and new media in the Victorian period.

Allen Sanderson

Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics and the College, The University of Chicago

Allen Sanderson is a senior lecturer in the Department of Economics and the College. He teaches Economics 19800 and 19900, an introductory survey sequence. He also teaches and researches the economics of sports. Recent publications and research include journal articles on competitive balance in sports, sports labor markets, the economic impact of universities on their communities, and the case for paying college athletes. He is a regular columnist for Chicago Life. Mr. Sanderson won a Quantrell Award in 1998 and has run the Chicago marathon three times. Recent alumni speaking engagements have taken him to cities such as Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico City, Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, and New York City.