Faculty Advisory Board

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The Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH) Faculty Board is made up of a diverse group of University of Chicago faculty. Board members meet quarterly to discuss the shape and goals of MAPH.

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Eric Slauter, Board Chair
Associate Professor, English Department and the Karla Scherer Center

Eric's scholarship focuses chiefly on transformations in political thought and behavior in the eighteenth century. Eric's first book, The State as a Work of Art: The Cultural Origins of the Constitution, examined the relation of culture to politics in revolutionary America. He was especially interested there in how the emergent state was challenged in its effort to sustain inalienable natural rights alongside slavery and to achieve political secularization at a moment of growing religious expression. In another book project, Natural Rights: A Cultural History, 1689-1789, he hopes to explain how and why ordinary people came to believe they had rights before and through the Revolution. He specializes in early American cultural, intellectual, and literary history, with additional research and teaching interests in a range of fields and methods: legal history; the history of political thought; book history; visual and material culture studies; quantitative analysis; the history of slavery, abolition, and emancipation; labor history; environmental history; and Atlantic history.

Allyson Field
Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies and the College

Chelsea Foxwell
Associate Professor of Art History

Elaine Hadley
Professor of English Language and Literature and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality

Alison James 
Associate Professor of French Literature

Michael Kremer
Mary R. Morton Professor of Philosophy

Hoyt Long
Associate Professor of Japanese Literature and East Asian Languages and Civilizations

William Nickell
Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Jennifer Scappettone
Associate Professor of English Language and Literature; and the Committee on Creative Writing