2013 Summer Teacher Institute Presenters

Dain Borges


Dain Borges works on nineteenth and twentieth-century Latin American culture and ideas. His current research project, Races, Crowds, and Souls in Brazilian Social Thought, 1880-1920, centers on the ways in which Brazilian intellectuals used race sociology and social psychology to understand popular religion and politics. He teaches seminars and courses on Latin American history; comparative nineteenth-century transformations; ideologies of national identity; and culture in the African diaspora.

Andy Bruno

Assistant Professor in the Department of History, Northern Illinois University

Andy Bruno is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Northern Illinois University. He recently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the environmental history of the Arctic at Florida State University (funded by the National Science Foundation). He earned his BA from Reed College, his MA from the European University at Saint Petersburg, and his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research and publications concentrate on numerous aspects of the environmental history of the Soviet Union from industrial pollution to the treatment of animals. He has an article on avalanche disasters in the far north forthcoming in the journal Environmental History and a book-in-progress tentatively titled, The Nature of Soviet Power: Environment and Economy in the Far North.

Vivian Choi

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University

Vivian Choi is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California at Davis. Her research examines the social, political, and technological intersections of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and the decades-long civil war in Sri Lanka, giving particular attention to disaster and disaster risk management practices, conflict, and national security.

Terry Evans


Terry Evans has photographed the prairies and plains of North America and the urban prairie of Chicago, combining both aerial and ground photography. Her work explores the virgin prairie, working steel mills, Greenland ice sheets, a small town in the Kansas Flint Hills and now the oil boom in North Dakota. She delves into the intricate and complex relationships between land and people. Recent exhibitions include a retrospective exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City with 250 page catalogue entitled Heartland. Additionally Radius Books just published a book by Evans, Prairie Stories. She has exhibited widely including one-person shows at the Chicago Art Institute, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and The Field Museum of Natural History. She is a Guggenheim Fellow and a recipient of an Anonymous Was a Woman award. Four books of her photographs have been published. Her work is in major museum collections including the Chicago Art Institute, Museum of Modern Art, N.Y., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and many other collections. Fractured: North Dakota’s Oil Boom, a collaborative exhibition with writer Elizabeth Farnsworth, runs from June 7, 2013 to January 22, 2014 at The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago.

Aiko Kojima

PhD Candidate in Sociology, The University of Chicago; Senior Visiting Researcher, Keio Research Institute at SFC

Aiko Kojima is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of Chicago and Senior Visiting Researcher at the Keio Research Institute at SFC. Her research interests include food and diet, nationalism, culture, political sociology, and consumption studies. She is currently working on her dissertation project on nationalism and consumerism in food movements in Japan. She is a member of The Atomic Age Project that aims to cultivate critical and reflective intervention regarding nuclear power and weapons.

Mark Lycett

Director, Program on the Global Environment

Mark Lycett has directed the Program on the Global Environment since its launch in 2007, and served as Interim Director of the Center for International Studies since 2010. His current interests focus on the historical anthropology and social ecology of colonial landscape formation in Latin America, western North America, and South Asia. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico.

Yuki Miyamoto

Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, DePaul University

Yuki Miyamoto (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at DePaul University. Since publishing her first book, Beyond the Mushroom Cloud: Commemoration, Religion, and Responsibility after Hiroshima (Fordham University Press, 2011), Miyamoto has continued to work on issues concerning discrimination and radiation (“Sameness, Otherness, Difference: Discrimination through Indiscriminate Weaponry”; “Panic over ‘The Panic Over Fukushima’”; “Disaster and the Rhetoric of Sacrifice”; and “Transgressing Boundaries: Teaching on Fukushima, the Nuclear Safety Myth, and Ethics.”), with recent research focusing on Minamata disease in the wake of Fukiushima accident. (“Before Good and Evil: Minamata’s Spirituality and Giorgio Agamben’s Ethical Elements”). She has led four study-abroad programs to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and was appointed as Nagasaki Peace Correspondent in 2010, and Hiroshima Peace Ambassador in 2011.

Kathleen Morrison

Neukom Family Professor in Anthropology and the College; Director, Center for International Studies

Kathleen Morrison is the Neukom Family Professor in Anthropology and the College and has been the Director of the Center for International Studies since 2003. Her research focuses on the historical anthropology and political ecology of South Asia, with an emphasis on precolonial and early colonial South India. Her interests include state formation and power relations, agricultural intensification, colonialism and imperialism, landscape history, and the anthropology of food.

Tate Paulette

PhD Candidate, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, The University of Chicago

Tate Paulette is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. His research explores the intersection between risk, power, and inequality in Early Bronze Age Mesopotamia, with a particular focus on the archaeology of grain storage practices. He has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Syria, Egypt, Turkey, Cyprus, Scotland, and the United States. His current research also includes an effort to model the growth and collapse of cities in Mesopotamia using agent-based computer simulations, an examination of early administrative devices using CT technology, and an attempt to recreate Sumerian beer.

Andre Perry

Founding Dean, College of Urban Education

As Founding Dean, Dr. Perry is charged with establishing a ground-breaking new College of Urban Education focusing on the development and preparation of teachers and administrators with specialized skills designed to enable them to teach and lead effectively in urban school districts. Prior to, he served as the CEO of the Capital One-University of New Orleans Charter Network, which was comprised of four charter schools in New Orleans. In 2010, Perry served on Mayor-Elect Mitch Landrieu’s Transition Team as the co-chair of the Education Taskforce. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Perry earned his Ph.D. in education policy and leadership from the University of Maryland College Park. His research and teaching interests are college access and retention, charter schools and immigrant educational rights. In 2011, UNO Press released his book, The Garden Path: The Miseducation of the City. Perry used non-fiction narrative to illustrate the real life tensions involved in post-Katrina education reform in New Orleans.

Jill Schneiderman

Professor, Department of Earth Science and Geography, Vassar College

Jill Schneiderman is a Professor in the Department of Earth Science and Geography at Vassar College and a faculty member of the interdisciplinary programs in Science, Technology and Society as well as Women's Studies. She applies knowledge of geologic time and the pace of change to considerations of environmental equity and social justice. Dr. Schneiderman received her B.S. in Geology from Yale and her Ph.D. in Geology from Harvard. She was a Fulbright Fellow at the Centre for Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad in 2003 and a Contemplative Practice Fellow of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society in 2010. She is the co-editor of three books: The Earth Around Us: Maintaining a Livable Planet (2003), For the Rock Record: Geologists on Intelligent Design (2009), and Liberation Science: Putting Science to Work for Social and Environmental Justice, as well as author of numerous scientific papers. Prior to joining the faculty at Vassar, Dr. Schneidemran was a Smithsonian post-doctoral fellow at the National Museum of Natural History and a Congressional Science Fellow in the office of the Senate Minority Leader in the 104th Congress.

Ted Steck

Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The University of Chicago

Ted Steck is professor emeritus in the University of Chicago's Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. In 1994, he founded the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Chicago and acted as Program chair until 2007. Dr. Steck received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Lawrence College (Appleton, WI) and his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA). He received his clinical training at the Beth Israel Hospital (Boston) and did post-doctoral work at the National Institutes of Health and Harvard Medical School before joining the faculty of the University of Chicago. He holds an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Lawrence University. His scientific work has focused on basic membrane biochemistry and cell biology and has been funded principally by the NIH, NSF, and American Cancer Society. He has served on a variety of national advisory boards, most recently Population Connection.

Kathleen Tierney

Director, Natural Hazards Center; Professor, Department of Sociology and the Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado Boulder

Kathleen Tierney is director of the Natural Hazards Center, as well as a professor in the Department of Sociology and the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. During her career she has studied a wide range of disaster events, including earthquakes in the U. S. Japan, and Haiti; major hurricanes such as Hugo, Andrew, and Katrina; various technological disasters, and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York City. Her published work spans many topics, including hazard risk perceptions, disaster warnings, organizational responses to disasters, disaster recovery, social vulnerability to disasters, and the political economy of disasters. She is senior author of Facing the Unexpected: Emergency Preparedness and Response in the United States (Joseph Henry Press 2001) and co-editor of Emergency Management: Principles and Practice for Local Government (International City and County Management Association 2007). She is currently completing a book entitled Social Foundations of Risk and Resilience.

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