Faculty members recognized for research, teaching and professional service with new professorships

Eighteen members of the UChicago faculty have been recognized for their research, teaching and professional service with named and distinguished service professorships. All appointments became effective on Jan. 1. Profs. Giulia Galli, Veronica Guerrieri, Christian B. Hansen, Jessica J. Kandel, Ernst-Robert Lengyel, Angela Olinto, Jeffrey R. Russell, Jesse M. Shapiro and Amir Sufi, Irving Waxman, S. Diane Yamada and Judith Zeitlin have received named professorships. Profs. Alain Bresson, Reid Hastie, Douglas Skinner, Mario Luis Small, Jessica Stockholder and Richard Thaler have been named distinguished service professors.

University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Veronica Guerrieri has been named the first Ronald E. Tarrson Professor of Economics.

Guerrieri’s research focuses on macroeconomics, search theory, labor and financial market frictions, dynamic contracting and growth theory.

Her most recent work, “Dynamic Adverse Selection: A Theory of Illiquidity, Fire Sales, and Flight to Quality,” written with Robert Shimer, the Alvin H. Baum Professor in Economics and the College, will be published in the American Economic Review.

Her work also has been published in the American Economic Review, Econometrica, the Journal of Political Economy and other publications.

Guerrieri, who serves as research associate of the Economic Fluctuations and Growth program with the National Bureau of Economic Research, also is an associate editor of the American Economic Review and an associate editor of Theoretical Economics.

Guerrieri received the Carlo Alberto Medal in 2013 and has been an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow since 2011. She joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2006.

Christian B. Hansen has been named the Wallace W. Booth Professor of Econometrics and Statistics.

Hansen’s research focuses on applied and theoretical econometrics, high-dimensional data analysis, identification and estimation of panel data models, quantile regression and weak instruments.

His most recent work, “Inference on Treatment Effects after Selection Amongst High-Dimensional Controls,” written with Alexandre Belloni of Duke University and Victor Chernozhukov of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will be published in the Review of Economic Studies.

Hansen’s work also has been published in the Journal of Econometrics, Annual Review of Economics, Econometrica, and the Review of Economics and Statistics, among others. Hansen serves as associate editor of the Econometrics Journal, the Journal of Applied Econometrics, the Journal of Econometrics Methods and the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics.

He has been an IBM Corporation Scholar, a William S. Fishman Scholar and a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow.

Hansen joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2004.

Reid Hastie has been named the Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science.

Hastie’s research is focused on judgment and decision-making, neural substrates of decision processes, memory and cognition, and social psychology. Hastie is completing work on a book with Harvard University professor Cass Sunstein on the topic of collective intelligence.

He has served on the editorial boards of more than 12 journals and is currently an associate editor for Perspectives on Psychological Science, a consulting editor for the Journal of Psychology and Financial Markets and a consulting editor for Law, Probability, and Risk.

Hastie, whose research has received support from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, has been published in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Intelligence Analysis: Behavioral and Social Scientific Foundations, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Psychological Review, among others.

He also is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Psychological Society.

Hastie has been teaching at Chicago Booth since 2001.

Jeffrey R. Russell has been named the first Alper Family Professor of Econometrics and Statistics.

Russell’s research is focused on time series econometrics, financial econometrics and analysis of high-frequency financial data. He is teaching “Financial Econometrics” and “Time-series Analysis for Forecasting and Model Building” in the Winter Quarter.

His recent work includes the papers, “Realized Volatility Forecasting in the Presence of Time-Varying Noise,” written with Federico Bandi at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and Chen Yang at Moody’s, forthcoming in the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, and “Measuring and Modeling Execution Cost and Risk,” written with Robert Engle of the Stern School of Business and Robert Ferstenberg, a consultant, which is published in the Journal of Portfolio Management.

Russell also serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics and has helped organize many conferences, including the Society for Financial Econometrics Conference and the NBER Time Series Conference, both held in Chicago.

His work has been published in Econometrica, the Journal of Econometrics, the Review of Economic Studies and other academic journals.

He previously received the Morgan Stanley Equity Microstructure grant and the Initiative on Global Financial Markets grant, among other awards. He also served on the board of economic advisors for Nasdaq.

Russell joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 1996.

Jesse M. Shapiro, who focuses on industrial organization and political economy in his research, has been named the first Dennis and Karen Chookaszian Professor of Economics.

His recent research focuses on the economics of competition in the news media and the role of consumer sophistication in shopping behavior. His work has been published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the American Economic Review, Econometrica and the Journal of Political Economy, among other journals.

Shapiro is an editor of the Journal of Political Economy and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

He has received three National Science Foundation grants and has been an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow. From 2005–07, Shapiro was the inaugural postdoctoral Becker Fellow at the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics.

Shapiro joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2007.

Douglas Skinner has been named the Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Accounting.

Skinner’s research focuses on corporate financial reporting and disclosure practices, auditing and corporate payout policy. His recent research addresses the structure of the market for audit services, corporate governance and payout policy in Japan, and how the dividend and repurchase policies of firms in the United States have changed over the past 10 to 15 years.

Skinner is an editor of the Journal of Accounting Research, one of the top-tier accounting academic journals in the world, which is based at Chicago Booth.

Skinner, who works extensively with PhD students, won the Emory Williams Award for Teaching Excellence at Chicago Booth in 2013.

Before joining the Chicago Booth faculty in 2005, Skinner was a Neubauer Faculty Fellow and a Visiting Professor of Accounting at the business school.

Amir Sufi has been named the Chicago Board of Trade Professor of Finance.


Sufi’s research is focused on the intersection of corporate finance, household finance and macroeconomics.

Among Sufi’s recent papers is “Household Balance Sheets, Consumption and the Economic Slump,” published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and “Resolving Debt Overhang: Political Constraints in the Aftermath of Financial Crisis,” forthcoming in the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics.

This spring, the University of Chicago Press will publish House of Debt, a book Sufi co-authored with Atif Mian of Princeton University.

Sufi, who received an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in 2011, joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2005.

Richard Thaler, director of the Center for Decision Research and a founding scholar of behavioral economics, has been named the Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics.


Thaler’s research is focused on behavioral economics and finance, and the psychology of decision-making.

His most recent book, Nudge: Improving Decisions on Health, Wealth, and Happiness, written with Cass Sunstein of Harvard Law School, is a global bestseller.

Among his most recent research papers is “Behavioral Economics and the Retirement Savings Crisis,” written with Shlomo Benartzi of the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles, and published in Science magazine. His work also has been published in Management Science, American Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Perspectives and the Journal of Finance, among others.

Thaler is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and co-director of the bureau’s Behavioral Economics Project. He also has served as an adviser to the Obama administration and to Britain’s Behavioral Insights Team formed by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Thaler has been on the Chicago Booth faculty since 1995.

Division of the Humanities

Alain Bresson, a historian of the ancient world whose work focuses on the ancient economy, the Hellenistic world, and the epigraphy of Rhodes and Asia Minor, has been appointed the Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor in Classics and the College.


Bresson is the author of three books: La cité marchande, L'économie de la Grèces des cités, and Recueil des inscriptions de la Pérée rhodienne. He also has edited several books on matters of economics, civic life, writing and public power, and the history of the family.

He was a visiting scholar at the American Numismatic Society in 2012, a 2010-11 Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center and a 2001-02 member of the School for Historical Research at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, N.J.

Bresson, along with E. Glen Weyl, associate professor in Economics, and David Schloen, associate professor in the Oriental Institute and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, is a leader of one of the Neubauer Collegium’s inaugural research projects, the Working Group on Comparative Economics.

The project brings together faculty members from across the University with a shared interest in economic analysis of historical societies from ancient times to the modern period.

Bresson formerly taught at the University of Bordeaux and was a guest-professor at the University of Hamburg in 2000-01, before joining the UChicago faculty in 2008.

Artist Jessica Stockholder has been appointed the Raymond W. and Martha Hilpert Gruner Distinguished Service Professor of Visual Arts and in the College. Stockholder, who also chairs the Department of Visual Arts, works at the border between sculpture and painting.


Stockholder has exhibited widely in North America and Europe at such venues as the Dia Center for the Arts, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Open Air Museum in Belgium, the Power Plant in Toronto, Canada, the Whitney Museum of American Art, P.S. 1, New York, SITE Santa Fe, the Venice Biennale, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, 1301PE Gallery in Los Angeles and the Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery in New York. 

Her work is represented in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

She has received numerous grants, including the Lucelia Artist Award from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a 2012 Anonymous Was A Woman grant.

She was director of the sculpture department at the Yale School of Art for 12 years before joining the UChicago faculty in 2011. 

Judith T. Zeitlin, a scholar of Chinese literature, opera and cultural history, has been named William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Theater and Performance Studies, and in the College.

Zeitlin is the author of The Phantom Heroine: Ghosts and Gender in Seventeenth-Century Chinese Literature, which explores the representation of ghosts across the range of literary genres in the late Ming and early Qing periods, as well as Historian of the Strange: Pu Songling and the Chinese Classical Tale.

She also co-edited Thinking with Cases: Specialist Knowledge in Chinese Cultural History, Writing and Materiality in China, and a special issue of The Opera Quarterly on Chinese opera film.

In 2011, Zeitlin received a Guggenheim Fellowship to write a manuscript entitled

The Culture of Musical Entertainment in Early Modern China: Voice, Instrument, Text. In the book, Zeitlin examines the interaction of opera, material culture, and the courtesan world during the late Ming and early Qing.

Along with Yuhang Li of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Zeitlin curated the upcoming Smart Museum of Art exhibition, Performing Images: Opera in Chinese Visual Culture, which highlights how Chinese opera was portrayed in other media primarily during the Qing dynasty. The exhibition opens Feb. 13 and runs through June 15.

Zeitlin joined the faculty in 1994.

Biological Sciences Division

Jessica J. Kandel, professor of surgery, section chief of pediatric surgery and surgeon-in-chief at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital, has been named the Mary Campau Ryerson Professor of Surgery.

An internationally recognized authority in the surgical treatment of childhood cancers, Kandel’s vast clinical expertise includes the development of groundbreaking treatments for vascular anomalies in children.

As an active researcher, much of her work is focused on regulation of angiogenesis in pediatric solid tumors, including Wilms’ tumor, neuroblastoma and hepatoblastoma.

Kandel is currently a surgical principal investigator for the national Children's Oncology Group and serves on its renal tumors committee. She is a permanent member of the National Cancer Institute Subcommittee I, which reviews training grants for physician-scientists in the field of cancer biology.

Kandel has held memberships in numerous professional societies, including the American Surgical Association, the Pediatric Board of the American Board of Surgery and the American College of Surgeons.

Kandel joined the UChicago faculty in August 2013, from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, where she served as the R. Peter Altman professor of surgery and pediatrics in the Institute for Cancer Genetics and co-director of its Pediatric Tumor Biology Laboratory.

Ernst Lengyel, chair of obstetrics and gynecology, has been named the Arthur L. and Lee G. Herbst Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Lengyel is a surgeon and researcher focused on the diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer. He is an internationally recognized authority on the biology of ovarian cancer and its impact on the tumor microenvironment. He is skilled in radical surgeries for ovarian cancer and in radical vaginal trachelectomy (RVT), a surgical procedure to preserve fertility in young patients who have cervical cancer. He also performs complex pelvic surgeries for benign gynecologic conditions such as endometriosis.

Lengyel's laboratory in the Gordon Center for Integrative Science was the first to culture metastatic ovarian cancer cells in a three-dimensional environment, similar to how these cells would grow in the body, and the first to use high-throughput drug screening in this model.

He has authored or co-authored more than 90 peer-reviewed publications, and his laboratory research projects have earned generous support from the National Institutes of Health as well as non-federal sources of research funding. He also serves on the editorial board of the journal Gynecologic Oncology.

A dedicated teacher, Lengyel has earned a strong track record for mentorship of young scientists, medical students, residents and clinical fellows. Since joining the University of Chicago as an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in 2004, he has twice received awards for excellence in teaching.

Irving Waxman, a leading authority on therapeutic endoscopy and professor of medicine and surgery, has been appointed a Sara and Harold Lincoln Thompson Professor.

Waxman’s work focuses on state-of-the-art endoscopic procedures for esophageal, gastric, pancreatic, lung and rectal tumors. He is director of the Center for Endoscopic Research and Therapeutics, which specializes in new imaging techniques for the detection of early gastrointestinal cancer and minimally invasive endoscopic procedures. 

His current areas of clinical research include the therapeutic applications of endoscopic ultrasound. He also is conducting ongoing research on endoscopic minimally invasive therapy for esophageal and colonic cancers and on peroral endoscopic myotomy, a minimally invasive endoscopic treatment for achalasia. 

Waxman is a member of several national and international societies, including the American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterological Association, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association. 

Waxman joined the UChicago faculty in 2001.

S. Diane Yamada, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and section chief of gynecologic oncology, has been named the Joseph Bolivar DeLee Professor.

Yamada is recognized for her expertise in complex ovarian cancer surgery, minimally invasive surgery and prophylactic surgery for uterine, ovarian and cervical cancers. Her research has focused on the management of high-grade uterine cancers and novel treatments and optimization of intraperitoneal chemotherapy for ovarian cancer.

Yamada is the author or co-author of numerous peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and invited reviews. She is the principal investigator for the Gynecologic Oncology Group and for a number of collaborative group translational clinical trials.

She also is recognized for reinstituting the Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program at UChicago after a 25-year hiatus and is an oral board examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology’s Board of Directors. She has received a number of teaching awards and accolades for excellence in clinical care. 

She joined the UChicago faculty in 1999.

Institute for Molecular Engineering

Giulia Galli, an expert in developing theoretical and computational methods to predict the properties of complex materials—encompassing solids, liquids and nanostructures—has been named a Liew Family Professor in Molecular Engineering.

Galli’s move to Chicago brought her much closer to one of her many research endeavors at the Leadership Computing Facility at Argonne National Laboratory.

Until recently she chaired the Extreme Physics and Chemistry of Carbon Directorate of the Deep Carbon Observatory, a 10-year global effort to discover the quantity, movements, origins and forms of Earth’s deep carbon. She remains involved in the project as one of the observatory’s lead researchers and as a member of its scientific advisory board.

Galli also is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a newly elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Galli spent much of her early career conducting research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland, and at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where she headed the Quantum Simulations Group.

Formerly a professor of chemistry and physics at the University of California, Davis, Galli joined the UChicago faculty in 2013.

Physical Sciences Division

Angela Olinto, who has made important contributions to the physics of quark stars, inflationary theory, cosmic magnetic fields and particle astrophysics, has been named a Homer J. Livingston Professor in Astronomy & Astrophysics and the College.

Olinto’s research interests span theoretical astrophysics, particle and nuclear astrophysics, and cosmology. She has focused much of her work on understanding the origins of the highest energy cosmic rays and the ultra-compressed core of matter in neutron stars. Ultra-high-energy cosmic rays enter the atmosphere with so much energy that they produce a giant cascade of many tens of billions of secondary particles, which can be observed by large detectors such as the Auger Observatory.

Last year, Olinto was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her distinguished contributions to the field of astrophysics, particularly exotic states of matter and extremely high-energy cosmic ray studies at the Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina.

She also is a fellow of the American Physical Society and has received the Chaire d’Excellence Award of the French Agence Nationale de Recherche. Olinto also is a recipient of the University’s highest teaching honor, the Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

A faculty member at UChicago since 1996, Olinto now leads the U.S. collaboration of the Japanese Experiment Module-Extreme Universe Space Observatory mission to observe these ultra-energy particles from the International Space Station.

Social Sciences Division

Recognized as a leading sociologist of his generation, Mario Luis Small, professor of sociology and dean of the Social Sciences Division, has been appointed the John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor in Sociology and the College.

Small’s research focuses on institutional approaches to urban disadvantage, formal and informal systems of support among low-income mothers, and help-seeking behavior among students in higher education.

He has published books and numerous articles on urban poverty, social capital, personal networks, and the relationship between qualitative and quantitative social science methods.

Small is the author of dozens of articles and book chapters, and two books, Villa Victoria: The Transformation of Social Capital in a Boston Barrio and Unanticipated Gains: Origins of Network Inequality in Everyday Life. Villa Victoria received numerous honors, including the C. Wright Mills Award for Best Book and the Robert E. Park Award for Best Book. Unanticipated Gains also received the C. Wright Mills Best Book Award, making Small the sole two-time recipient in the history of the award. 

Small has served as associate editor of the American Journal of Sociology and is currently an editorial board member of Social Science Quarterly, City and Community, and Sociological Forum.

Small is a council member of the American Sociological Association, a trustee of NORC at the University of Chicago, the founding faculty director of the University of Chicago Urban Network and a former Chair of Sociology.

A native of Panama, Small taught at Princeton University from 2002 until 2006, when he then joined the UChicago faculty.