Email a Current Student


Communicating with current students is another great way to learn about the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH) and the larger University of Chicago community. You are welcome to contact any of the current students profiled below.

Sabrina Castillo |
Hello! My name is Sabrina Castillo! I'm a Creative Writing MAPH-TLO student! I graduated Vassar with an English degree, and I'm here to hone my skills as a writer. Though, I'm very interested in anime and video games and bridging the gap between the STEM fields and the humanities! I'm also doing TLO for Japanese. Outside of MAPH, I work at a non-profit a few blocks south of campus called Experimental Station. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Nancy Chen
Nancy decided to return to school after working for 8 years as a program and engagement manager for arts and culture organizations in Philadelphia. She holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia 2009. Nancy is completing the MAPH program part-time in the Creative Writing track. She was drawn to the interdisciplinary nature of the program and will take courses in Modern/Contemporary English Literature, Art History, and Public Policy. Outside of being a student, Nancy is an events specialist for UChicago’s Department of Art History and takes on freelance writing assignments on arts and culture topics. Her art reviews and longform stories have been published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, PlanPhilly, the Artblog, Grid Magazine, and the UChicago Arts Magazine.

Jackson Cyril |
I’m a TLO (two-year language option) student focusing on Tamil and Sanskrit. I worked on Math and British History as an undergrad and am now interested in exploring the intellectual and artistic world of the Tamil country, especially in the pre-modern period. In my free time, I drink coffee, go on long walks and read Dante. 

Annie Diamond |
Annie Diamond is a Connecticut native who loves watching the sunrise at Lake Michigan. She earned her BA in English and creative writing from Barnard College. Before coming to Chicago she also earned her MFA in poetry from Boston University. At Chicago she plans to work on poetics and modernist literature, and will perhaps write a thesis involving James Joyce, Jamaica Kincaid, and a poetics of home. Outside of MAPH, she works at Grounds of Being (the Divinity School Coffee Shop) and the Seminary Co-op bookstore, watches reruns of The West Wing, and cooks herself breakfast.

“Mew” Lingjun
Mew graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2018, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio arts and art history and a minor in East Asian Languages and Civilizations. Mew’s senior thesis looked into how Western science and art influenced Maruyama School’s figure paintings and anatomy illustrations in late 18th and early 19th century. Before coming to Chicago, Mew was an artist working with illustrations, paintings and performances, active in the Urbana-Champaign community. Mew is now a first-year graduate student in the MAPH-TLO program, studying art history and Japanese. Mew’s art history study focuses on Japanese visual culture and works by contemporary artist Fuyuko Matsui. In addition, Mew is interested in East Asian cultural exchange, early 20th century Japanese literature, and Japanese pop-culture. Mew has an imaginary friend named MewMew. During their free time, they work on illustration projects and watch anime together.

I received my BA in philosophy and sociology at Tsinghua University, Beijing. My field of interest is in political philosophy, especially the state-individual relationship, democracy, gender equality, and human right issues. Plus, I am a TLO student, and I am learning German in MAPH as well. I enjoy Japanese comics and anime in my free time, and I like to watch documentaries on historical events and public issues in different countries. As a student who did not have much educational background in North America, I find MAPH a perfect choice for me to get started and explore the system. I want to help all of those who share the same background-issues as me.