Master of Liberal Arts instructors
MLA COURSES emphasize discussion, rather than lectures; ideas, rather than facts. Students critically consider the work and legacy of leading scholars, scientists, and artists, and their impact on 21st century thought, social practice, and behavior.

 

Master of Liberal Arts: Faculty

The University of Chicago faculty is comprised of recognized scholars with global reputations. Those who teach in the MLA program have a special interest in engaging adult students and encouraging them to think critically and analyze with confidence.

David Bevington is the Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Departments of English and Comparative Literature, and Chair of Theater and Performance Studies at the University of Chicago. He teaches courses on Shakespeare, Renaissance and medieval drama, and the history and theory of drama from 5th century B.C. to the present day. Bevington received the 2010 Graham School Excellence in Teaching Award.
Wendy Doniger Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School; Professor in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, the Committee on Social Thought, and the College at the University of Chicago. Doninger received the 2007 Graham School Excellence in Teaching Award. “It’s wonderful to teach people who have been around the block. They bring a rich human experience to this process—and that’s very important when you’re discussing the great human questions. My MLA students have taught me about everything from the legal aspects of sexual fraud to The Simpsons. I’ve quoted them in my books and cited them in my footnotes. I love them for their desire to know, and their fierce commitment.”
Sascha Ebeling Associate Professor of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago.
Andreas Glaeser is Professor in Sociology and the College at the University of Chicago. Winner of the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Glaeser was also awarded the Gordon J. Laing Prize by the University of Chicago Press for his book Political Epistemics: The Secret Police, the Opposition, and the End of East German Socialism, which considers socialist East Germany’s unexpected self-dissolution in 1989. He works in the hermeneutic tradition of the social sciences, eager to engage empirical work and theory development in a dialectical process. His current research activities center around three topics: first, a sociology of liberation which aims to bring a normative perspective back into the social sciences; second, a study on the differences of social imaginaries across history and cultures; and third, the dynamics of economic knowledge making in the context of bubble economies.
John D. Kelly Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago.
Edward Kolb Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics and the College at the University of Chicago.
Stephen Meredith Professor in Pathology and the Biological Sciences Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago.
Mark Miller Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the English Department at the University of Chicago.
Robert Perlman Professor Emeritus in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences, and the College at the University of Chicago. “I enjoy teaching in the MLA program because of the students’ broad curiosity and interest, their excitement when confronted with new ideas, and their ability to bring their life experiences to bear on the issues we are discussing in class. It is rewarding—and humbling—to teach students who have full personal and work lives, and who still manage to find the time and energy to pursue their educational goals.”
Lawrence Rothfield Associate Professor of the Department of English, Comparative Literature and a Research Affiliate of the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago.
Lisa Ruddick Associate Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, associate professor in the Departments of English, Gender Studies, the Humanities, and the College received the 2011 Graham School Excellence in Teaching Award.
Amy Dru Stanley Associate Professor in the Department of History and the Law School at the University of Chicago.
Theodore L. Steck Professor emeritus in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, former chairman of Environmental Studies at the University of Chicago.
David Tracy Andrew Thomas Greeley and Grace McNichols Greeley Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Roman Catholic Studies and Professor of Theology, professor emeritus in the Committee on the Analysis of Ideas and Methods and in the Committee on Social Thought and the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. Tracey received the 2008 Graham School Excellence in Teaching Award.
Peter O. Vandervoort Professor Emeritus, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the College at the University of Chicago.
William Veeder Professor Emeritus in the Department of English Language and Literature and the College at the University of Chicago.