Northwestern Professors

Professor Loren Ghiglione

Loren Ghiglione, a veteran of four decades in journalism and journalism education, teaches journalism history and global journalism and in alternate years oversees the Journalism Residency program in South Africa. His work on the Native American Outreach and Inclusion Task Force and as a champion for policy change within the University regarding Native American and indigenous studies makes him a point person for more information.


Professor Forrest Hylton

At Northwestern, he will teach courses on U.S.-Latin American relations; literature, film and revolution in Latin America; the social and cultural history of tropical commodities; and Native Americans in the Age of Revolution.

Contact: forrest.hylton

Professor John Márquez

As an associate Professor of African American and Latino/a Studies Professor, Márquez's research is wide reaching and touches upon Critical Ethnic Studies, Conquests and Settler Colonialism, Post-Colonial Studies, Race, Crime and the Law, among other areas.


Professor Ananda Drake Marin

Post Doctoral Fellow in the Psychology department. She received her Ph.D. in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University, Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Yale University. Her research interests are Culture, Cognition and Development; Design Research; Executive Function; Folk Biology; Indigenous Knowledge Systems; Learning in Informal Environments; Science Learning; Social Justice and Equity; Teacher Sense-making.


Professor Doug Medin

Douglas Medin is the Louis W. Menk Professor of Psychology and holds a joint appointment in Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. He previously taught at Rockefeller University, the University of Illinois and the University of Michigan. Best known for his research on concepts and categorization, his recent research interests have extended to cross-cultural studies of biological categorization and reasoning, cultural and cognitive dimensions of moral reasoning and decision making, and culturally and community-based science education. This latter work has been conducted in the form of a partnership involving the American Indian Center of Chicago, the Menominee tribe of Wisconsin and Northwestern University. He has conducted research on cognition and learning among both indigenous and majority culture populations in Guatemala, Brazil, Mexico and the United States. Recently he served on the National Research Council committee on Informal Science Learning. He is a recipient of an APA Presidential Citation and the APA Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Doug Medin was the recipient of a James McKeen Cattell Sabbatical Fellowship Award for the 2010-11 academic year. 


Professor Kai Orton

Dr. Kai Orton is a computational scientist, molecular biologist, learning technologist, and an informatician. In early 2012, Kai joined the Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy as a Research Assistant Professor. She is associated with the Center for Connected Learning (CCL) and the Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP) where she the leads the CT4ALL (Computational Thinking 4 ALL) Project and spearheads initiatives on curriculum development and learning technology design and the development of assessment tools for the CT-STEM (Computational Thinking in STEM) Project. At the core of Kai’s interests are complexity and systems thinking with an eye on creating learning technologies and materials that inspire creative problem solving and cultivate scientific curiosity. Kai designs, develops, situates and evaluates learning technologies that support innovative STEM education for both formal and informal settings. Currently, Kai’s research is focused on developing an interdisciplinary approach to teaching math and science and in developing programs that increase computational and science literacy, persistence and interest in STEM and computing careers for girls and underrepresented groups. Dr. Orton holds a PhD in computational biology from Northwestern University and BS degrees in biochemistry and psychology from University of Massachusetts and Harvard University respectively.


Professor Susan Stearns

Dr. Stearns received her Ph.D. in History from The University of Chicago, and taught at Mary Baldwin College. Her current research focuses on the political economy of the early American frontier, through an examination of the Mississippi River. At the Center for Legal Studies, Susan offers courses on the American founding, the American Revolution, the Constitution, and the expansion of the American state including How the Indians Lost Their Land.


Professor Kelly Wisecup

Kelly Wisecup (Ph.D., University of Maryland-College Park, 2009) specializes in Native American literatures, early American literature and culture, and medicine and literature in the Atlantic world.  She is the author of Medical Encounters: Knowledge and Identity in Early American Literatures (University of Massachusetts Press, 2013) and of “Good News from New England” by Edward Winslow: A Scholarly Edition (University of Massachusetts Press, 2014).  Her articles have appeared in Early American Literature, Early American Studies, Atlantic Studies, Studies in Travel Writing, Literature and Medicine, and The Southern Literary Journal.