Humanities and Social Sciences

Discover the value of a degree in the humanities and social sciences, through which you can study something you enjoy while developing skills that can transfer to various professions. Our panel participants hold humanities and social sciences undergraduate degrees and they all continued on to obtain PhDs. Hear from current professors as well as a Senior Research Scientist for NORC at the University of Chicago 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, including: social service, law, business analytics, social science research, and more! 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
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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.

Claudia Brittenham, BA and PhD (Yale)

Associate Professor of Art History, University of Chicago
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Ms. Brittenham is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on the art of Mesoamerica, especially in Central Mexico and the Maya area. She is the author of The Murals of Cacaxtla: The Power of Painting in Ancient Central Mexico; The Spectacle of the Late Maya Court: Reflections on the Murals of Bonampak (with Mary Miller); and Veiled Brightness: A History of Ancient Maya Color (with Stephen Houston and colleagues).

Marc Hernandez, AB'00, AM'02, PhD'09

Principal Research Scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago
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Mr. Hernandez is a Principal Research Scientist and Director of NORC at the University of Chicago's Early Childhood Research and Practice Collaborative. He graduated from the University with BAs in Biology, Psychology, a MA in Social Sciences, and a PhD in Developmental Psychology. His research and evaluation program focuses on identifying, developing, and evaluating programs interventions, tools, technologies, best practices, and policies designed to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged children, early in their lives. He has worked extensively in home, preschool and elementary school settings, with children, parents, educators, and administrators. Through the Collaborative, Hernandez partners closely with researchers, practitioners, nonprofits, foundations, and government agencies to develop and evaluate early-childhood programs, interventions, curricula, tools and assessments. Utilizing a whole-child, 360° approach to development, his work aims to produce tools and knowledge that will help illuminate what continuum of supports are necessary to close the opportunity gap.

Allen Sanderson

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