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 three current professors as well as the CEO of Research Pros, Inc 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: PhD candidacy, social work, law, consulting, community development, education, 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

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.

Ghenwa Hayek, Brown, PhD

Assistant Professor of Modern Arabic Literature, University of Chicago

Professor Hayek is Assistant Professor of Modern Arabic Literature in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the College. She is a scholar of modern Lebanon, with an interest in the relationship between cultural forms and space, place, and identity. She is also a translator, and her work has appeared in literary and general interest publications, including The New York Times. (Table 68)

Howard Males, PhD'81, AM'77

Chief Executive Officer, Research Pros, Inc.

Mr. Males graduated from the College with a degree and a PhD in Social and Organizational Psychology. In 1985, Mr. Males founded Research Pros, Inc., a B2B research firm that serves the knowledge needs of private equity and hedge funds, strategy firms and Fortune 500 companies. He is Chairman of the Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) for Cook County (under President Toni Preckwinkle, a Commissioner on Social Innovation Commission (for Chuy Garcia), a board member of Chicago Innovation and a member of the Council of Economic Advisers for Cook County. He was also Chairman of the Hyde Park TIF for over 10 years, where he helped transform Hyde Park's 53rd Street business district. He received the South East Chicago Commission's 2012 Don Randel Community Service Award Special Service Award. He is married with two kids and lives in Hyde Park. (Table 69)

Allen Sanderson

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

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. (Table 67)