Graduates of the doctoral program in anthropology at the University of Chicago have generally been successful at finding academic and research positions. This reflects the recognized excellence of the anthropology program and our students’ achievements in presenting and publishing papers, garnering awards, and making contacts outside the University. The Department has an active program for assisting job seekers, circulating postings to all students currently on the job market, and maintaining an active credentials file to facilitate letters of recommendation. Professionalization workshops and one-on-one advice assist post-field students in the process of constructing CVs and preparing job talks and job application letters.

Students should also be aware of fluctuations in the academic job market and should multiply their options by being prepared for other work that may require anthropological skills. Policy research centers and government agencies hire social scientists with expertise in qualitative methods. Many undergraduate or community colleges prefer to hire scholars who have broad knowledge of several branches of anthropology as well as demonstrated teaching skills. Some archaeologists find temporary or long-term employment in contract archaeology. The University’s Center for Teaching and Learning, as well as UChicagoGRAD, assist with the development of job search skills for the academic, business, and public sectors.

Academic Appointments of Recent Department Graduates, 2020

Sarah Ellen Adcock
Archaeology, Turkey (Hitittes)
Committee: Alan Kolata*/Gil Stein*, François Richard, Bemjamin Arbuckle (UNC)
Center for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU, PostDoc Lecturer, 2020-22

Anna Guengerich
Archaeology, Peru
Committee: Francois Richard*/Edward Swenson*, Alan Kolata, Shannon Dawdy, Adam Smith
Assistant Professor, Eckerd College, Anthro/Archaeology

Mallory Gibson James
S/C-STS, Australia
Committee: Joseph Masco*, Michael Fisch, Kaushik Sunder Rajan
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Munich Center for Technology in Society, Technical Univeristy of Munich, 2020-23

Averill Jacob Leslie
S/C, US/Urban/Political
Committee: Justin Richland*/Jessica Cattelino*, Darryl Li, E. Summerson Carr, Jean Comaroff
Consultant, Boston Consulting Group, Chicago Office

Hannah Renee McElgunn (Jt w/Linguistics)
S/C-L, Native North America/Hopi
Committee: Justin Richland*/Susan Gal*, Constantine Nakassis, Michael Silverstein, Lenore Grenoble
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia

Kathryn Elizabeth McHarry
S/C, Africa/Senegal
Committee: François Richard*, Judith Farquhar, Emily Osborn.
University Scholars Program, National University of Singapore. 2020-22

Meghan Lisa Morris
S/C, Latin America, Colombia
Committee: Stephan Palmié, John Comaroff, Justin Richland, Kaushik Sunder Rajan, Joseph Masco
Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati College of Law

Ray Noll (Jt. w/ Political Science)
S/C, US Urban, Chicago
Committee: Joseph Masco*/Cathy Cohen*, William Mazzarella, Lauren Berlant
Postdoctoral Fellow, Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN) 2020-22.

Zebulon York Dingley (Jt. w/ History)
Committee: Jean Comaroff*/Emily Osborn*, John Comaroff, Ralph Austen
Assistant Professor, History, College of Charleston

Yazan Haitham Bisharah Doughan
S/C-Ling.  Middle East/Jordan
Committee: Susan Gal*, Michael Silverstein, Hussein Agrama, Lisa Wedeen
Assistant Professor, Anthropology, London School of Economics

Karma Frierson
S/C, Veracruz, Mexico/Race & Ethnicity
Committee: Stephan Palmie, Shannon Dawdy, Justin Richland
Assistant Professor, African and African American Studies, Washington University, St. Louis

Hiroko Kumaki
S/C,  East Asia/Japan
Dartmouth Society of Fellows (2020-22)

Gretchen Pfeil
S/C-L, Africa/Senegal
Committee: Michael Silverstein*/François Richard*, Stephan Palmié, Jessica Cattelino
Visiting Assistant Professor, Linguistic Anthropology, Barnard College

Mudit Trivedi
Archaeology, India
Committee: Kathleen Morrison* (Penn), François Richard, Hussein Agrama, Mark Lycett (Penn), Muzaffar Alam (SALC)
Faculty Fellow at Silsila. Centre for Material History of Islam, NYU, 2020-21
Assistant Professor, Stanford University, Anthropology 2021--


University of Chicago, Teaching Fellowships in the Social Sciences, 2020-22

Molly Cunningham  (TFSS – Self/Culture/Society)
S/C, US Urban, Detroit
Committee:  Joseph Masco*, Hussein Agrama, Summerson Carr

Natalja Denise Czarnecki (TFSS – Global Studies)
S/C, Eastern Europe/Georgia
Committee: Susan Gal*/William Mazzarella*, Judith Farquhar, Michael Fisch, Eugene Raikhel

Inés Escobar-González (TFSS – Global Studies)
S/C, Latin America/Mexico
Committee: Stephan Palmié*/Brodwyn Fischer*, William Mazzarella, Mareike Winchell, Emilio Kouri

Mennatallah Hassan Khalil (TFSS – Self/Culture/Society)
S/C, Middle East/Egypt
Committee: Hussein Agrama*/Joseph Masco*, Constantine Nakassis, Alireza Doostdar, David Scott

Patrick Charles Lewis (TFSS – Anthro & Self/Culture/Society)
S/C, Middle East/Turkey
Committee: Susan Gal*, John Kelly, François Richard

K. Bryce Lowry (TFSS – Anthro & Power/Identity/Resistance)
Archaeology, Mongolia
Committee: François Richard*, Alice Yao, Christopher Atwood, Bayarsaikhan

Amy Leia McLachlan (TFSS – Global Studies)
S/C, Latin America/Colombia
Committee: Joseph Masco*, Susan Gal, Julie Chu

Victoria Nguyen (TFSS – Race/Ethnicity)
S/C, East Asia/China
Committee: Judith Farquhar*/Julie Chu*, Jospeh Masco, François Richard

Zachary David Sheldon (TFSS – Anthro & Self/Culture/Society
S/C, Middle East/Jordan
Committee: Hussein Agrama*, Julie Chu, John Kelly, Orit Bashkin

Moodjalin Sudcharoen (TFSS – Anthro & Self/Culture/Society)
S/C, SouthEast Asia/Thailand
Committee: Julie Chu*, Constantine Nakassis, E. Summerson Carr, Jennifer Cole