Preceptors are mentors selected from the very finest doctoral students in the Division.  Their overriding concern is to communicate, week by week, the informal norms that govern academic research. Your preceptor will assist with your course selections, with your choice of faculty advisor for the MA paper, and with the development of the MA thesis, from the initial proposal through the submission of your final draft. You are strongly advised to make as much use of them as possible. You will also have ongoing mentorship and advice from our senior academic staff.

Pedro Alberto Arroyo

Preceptor in Computational Social Science

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Pedro Alberto is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology. He holds a BA in sociology from Tufts University and a Masters of Education from Boston University. He is interested in exploring how individuals and groups make meaning of the social landscape as well as how these mental states shape collective action and social outcomes, often in unexpected ways. To accomplish this, Pedro Alberto uses a mixed-methods approach, including computational content analysis and archival research. He is currently working on a series of projects examining ballot initiatives aimed at promoting English-only public education.


Elizabeth Huppert

Preceptor in Computational Social Science

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Elizabeth is a fourth-year doctoral student pursuing the joint degree between Psychology and Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago and Booth School of Business. She holds a BA, cum laude, from Bowdoin College, and two MA degrees from the University of Chicago (MA in Social Sciences from the MAPSS program and an MA in Psychology). Elizabeth is broadly interested in moral psychology and social cognition. Her current research projects explore questions related to fairness, honesty, moral hypocrisy, and the role of scarcity in shaping moral preferences.


Shilin Jia

Preceptor in Computational Social Science

1155 East 60th Street, Room 215A
(773) 702-6591

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Shilin’s research interest lies in applying computational methods to studies of politics and organizations.  He is experienced with network analysis, content analysis, and statistical modeling. His research includes studies of mobility patterns of communist party elites in China and changing rhetoric in the People’s Daily. For more information, please visit his homepage.


Sanja Miklin

Preceptor in Computational Social Science

1155 East 60th Street, Room 215A
(773) 834-6207

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Sanja is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago. She holds a BA, summa cum laude, from Dartmouth College, has received her MA at the University of Chicago, and was a Graduate Fellow at the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge. Sanja has received interdisciplinary training spanning anthropology, sociology and psychology, including both quantitative and qualitative methods. She is broadly interested in the production of knowledge about social problems, and currently focuses on suicide-related research and activism. She explores these through a mixed-methods approach that includes ethnography and interviews, archival research, as well as computational analysis of texts and science article publication data. For more information, please visit her homepage.