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Bruce Carruthers

Bruce Carruthers

John D. MacArthur Chair and Professor of Sociology and Director, Buffett Institute for Global Studies, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Bruce Carruthers received his PhD at the University of Chicago in 1991.  His research areas include comparative and historical sociology, economy and society, sociology of law and sociology of organizations. At Northwestern, Carruthers is involved in the graduate Comparative Historical Social Science (CHSS) program, and the Kellogg-Sociology joint-PhD program.

His current research projects include a study of the historical evolution of credit as a problem in the sociology of trust, regulatory arbitrage, what modern derivatives markets reveal about the relationship between law and capitalism, and the regulation of credit for poor people in early 20th Century America. He has had visiting fellowships at the Russell Sage Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, and received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. He is methodologically agnostic, and does not believe that the qualitative/ quantitative distinction is worth fighting over. Northwestern is Carruthers' first teaching position.

 Carruthers has authored or co-authored five books, City of Capital: Politics and Markets in the English Financial Revolution (Princeton, 1996), Rescuing Business: The Making of Corporate Bankruptcy Law in England and the United States (Oxford, 1998), Economy/Society: Markets, Meanings and Social Structure (Pine Forge Press, 2000), Bankrupt: Global Lawmaking and Systemic Financial Crisis (Stanford, 2009), and Money and Credit: A Sociological Approach (Polity Press, 2010).

Drew Davies

Drew Davies

Associate Professor, Musicology and Director of Graduate Music Studies, Bienen School of Music

Drew Edward Davies is a specialist in 17th- and 18th-century musics in Latin America, Iberia, and the wider European context, with a complementary interest in the music of 20th-century Britain.

Professor Davies works through academic scholarship, including the edition and cataloguing of primary sources, as well as through collaboration with performing groups such as the Newberry Consort and the Chicago Arts Orchestra to revive repertoires of early modern music. His critical edition of the music of an 18th-century Roman composer in New Spain, Santiago Billoni: Complete Works, is available from A-R Editions, and his thematic catalog of the music archive at Durango Cathedral, Mexico, is published by the press of the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. In preparation is a monograph entitled Music and Devotion in New Spain.

Professor Davies is also Academic Coordinator of the Mexico City-based “Musicat” project, the Seminario de Música en la Nueva España y el México Independiente (Seminar on the Music of New Spain and Independent Mexico), and has presented at academic conferences and early music festivals throughout the USA, and in Mexico, Canada, the UK, Spain, Italy, Ukraine, Cuba, Poland, and Japan. Visit his personal web site.

Celeste Watkins-Hayes

Celeste Watkins-Hayes

Professor, Sociology and African American Studies, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Celeste Watkins-Hayes is Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern University and a Faculty Fellow at Northwestern's Institute for Policy Research and Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Harvard University and a B.A. from Spelman College, where she graduated summa cum laude. Watkins-Hayes currently serves as a vice-chair of the Spelman board of trustees and led the college’s recent presidential search process. She is also former chair of the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern and was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Detroit Institute of Arts.  

 Watkins-Hayes’s research focuses on urban poverty; social policy; HIV/AIDS; non-profit and government organizations; and race, class, and gender. Her first book, The New Welfare Bureaucrats: Entanglements of Race, Class, and Policy Reform (University of Chicago Press, 2009), was a Finalist for the 2009 C. Wright Mills Book Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems and the 2011 Max Weber Book Award from the American Sociological Association. Dr. Watkins-Hayes is currently Principal Investigator of the Health, Hardship, and Renewal Study, which explores the economic and social survival strategies of a racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse group of women living with HIV/AIDS in the Chicago area. Watkins-Hayes received a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Investigator Award and a National Science Foundation Early CAREER Award to conduct this research. Her second book, Remaking a Life, Reversing an Epidemic: HIV/AIDS and the Politics of Transformation, will be published by the University of California Press. In addition to her academic articles and essays, Watkins-Hayes has published pieces in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Chicago Magazine. Dr. Watkins-Hayes’ intellectual commitments are motivated by a desire to offer analyses and prescriptions, based on empirically- and conceptually-rich research, that address the real-world issues that limit human potential. Her scholarship therefore speaks directly to current policy debates.

Charles Whitaker

Charles Whitaker

Helen Gurley Brown Professor and Associate Dean, Journalism, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications

Charles Whitaker teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in news writing, magazine writing, magazine editing and blogging, as well as in the High School Journalism Institute (aka, the Cherub program) in the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

 Whitaker’s bachelor’s and master’s degrees are both from Medill and he is also a doctoral candidate in Human Development and Social Policy in Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy. His research examines the ontological and methodological similarities and differences between immersion journalism and social science field research, and what practitioners in each discipline can learn from the other.

 Before joining the Medill faculty, he was a senior editor at Ebony magazine, where he covered a wide range of cultural, social and political issues and events on four continents, including two U.S. presidential campaigns and the installation of the first black members of the British Parliament. He began his journalism career as a newspaper reporter at the Miami Herald, where he covered education in Dade County and municipal government in Palm Beach County. From the Herald, he went to the Louisville (KY) Times, where he worked as a deputy feature editor and enterprise feature and arts writers. He has received commendations for his work from a number of journalism societies, including The National Association of Black Journalists, The Society of Professional Journalists and the National Education Writers Association.

 Whitaker is the co-author of Magazine Writing, a textbook that examines the magazine industry and deconstructs the art of feature writing for consumer and business-to-business publications. He also is the author of four statistical analyses of the hiring of women and minorities in the magazine industry and has served as an adviser on diversity issues for the Magazine Publishers of America. He was the co-director of Project Masthead, a program designed to encourage students of color to consider careers in magazines on both the editorial and business side of the industry, and he is one of the co-curators of the Ida B. Wells Award, presented by both Medill and the National Association of Black Journalists to individuals who are working to increase newsroom diversity and improve the coverage of communities of color.

 Whitaker has contributed articles to the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Magazine, Jet Magazine, Essence Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Saturday Evening Post, Chicago Parent magazine, and Folio, the magazine of the magazine industry. In addition, he is an editorial consultant to CATALYST magazine, a publication dedicated to coverage of the Chicago Public Schools, and served as president of the editorial board of the Chicago Reporter, an acclaimed investigative publication that covers issues of race and class.

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