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Ka Yee C. Lee – Provost
- As Provost, Ka Yee Lee is responsible for academic and research programs across the University and oversees the University’s budget. She is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry, the James Franck Institute, the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics, and the College, and a member of the Board of the University of Chicago Medical Center and the Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratory. Prior to her appointment as Provost, Lee served as Vice Provost for Research, working with deans, faculty, and researchers across the University to increase access to research funding and resources, among other responsibilities. Lee is an elected member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Her research focus lies in the area of membrane biophysics, and she is the author or co-author of more than 125 scholarly publications. Lee joined the University in 1998 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and was appointed full professor in 2008. She has served as Director of the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center and Associate Director of the James Franck Institute, as well as Chair of the Faculty Advisory Board for The Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex | Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong. Her honors include being named a Searle Scholar, a David and Lucile Packard Fellow for Science and Engineering, and a Sloan Research Fellow. She also was the recipient of the Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the inaugural recipient of the Arthur L. Kelly Prize for Exceptional Faculty Service in the Physical Sciences Division. Lee holds an Sc.B. degree in Electrical Engineering from Brown University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Physics from Harvard University. She completed her postdoctoral training at Stanford University and the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Daniel Abebe – Vice Provost
- Daniel Abebe is the Harold J. and Marion F. Green Professor of Law, Walter Mander Teaching Scholar, and associate member of the department of Political Science. As Vice Provost, Daniel is co-director of UChicagoGRAD, supporting University master’s degree programs and career opportunities in academia and industry. As co-director, Daniel also supervises UChicago Launch and the Chicago Center for Teaching, providing faculty leadership for these important resources for our graduate students. He oversees the University Laboratory Schools, serves as President of the UChicago Charter School Board of Directors, and manages a range of K-12 education initiatives. Daniel also is responsible for faculty governance, oversees the Institute of Politics, and serves as the Faculty Advisor to the UChicago Non-Traditional Education Initiative and Office of the Provost liaison to the Field Museum. In addition, Daniel has oversight of regulatory and compliance matters under the purview of the Office of the Provost, including academic fraud, conflict of interest and conflict of commitment policies, accreditation, and equal opportunity programs and Title IX. Daniel’s scholarship focuses on the relationship between the constitutional law of U.S. foreign affairs and public international law. His research has been published in The University of Chicago Law Review, the Supreme Court Review, the Virginia Journal of International Law, and the Stanford Journal of International Law in the areas of foreign affairs, human rights law, international institutions, and institutional design. He has also written about international water law, China and climate change, and cyberwar. Daniel’s current research projects include examining the President’s authority to withdraw the U.S. from a treaty, evaluating ethnic federalism as a form of constitutional design, and considering the impact of dejudicialization in international politics. He is a member of the American Law Institute and a faculty affiliate at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago. Daniel earned a BA from Maryville University of St. Louis, a PhD in political science from the University of Chicago, and a JD from Harvard Law School. He clerked for Judge Damon J. Keith of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and later worked at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Before joining the faculty, Daniel was a Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the Law School.
Jason Merchant – Vice Provost
- Jason Merchant is the Lorna Puttkammer Straus Professor in the Department of Linguistics and in the College. As Vice Provost, Jason works with deans and chairs on faculty and other academic appointments, promotions, recruitments, and retention, where the University’s commitment to the highest levels of research and teaching inform faculty-governed meritocratic decisions. Jason also serves as co-director of UChicagoGRAD, overseeing policy for the University’s PhD programs and postdoctoral researchers, in coordination with the deans. He is also the central point of contact for the administration of the University’s labor contract with non-tenure-track academic appointees. Jason’s primary research is in formal syntax, where he has published and edited books and articles on grammatical theory, analyzing language structures in more than two dozen languages (with special emphasis on modern Greek), and in formal semantics, morphology, and phonology. He has also done experimental syntax, fieldwork in the Balkans, and work on historical semantics and legal interpretation, and on bilingual children’s language competency. He has served as associate editor for Language, the journal of the Linguistic Society of America, and for Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, and serves on the editorial boards of several journals and book series. He earned his B.A. in linguistics summa cum laude from Yale and his Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of California, Santa Cruz; he has been a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst fellow at the University of Tübingen, a Fulbright fellow at Utrecht University, and an Onassis fellow at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He held postdoctoral fellowships at Northwestern University and the University of Groningen, and has taught as well at the École Normale Supérieure, Leiden University, University College London, and Konkuk University, Seoul. He has studied nineteen languages. Jason has had several academic leadership roles at the University, including Director of Undergraduate Studies in linguistics, chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, interim chair of the Department of Linguistics, and Deputy Dean of the Humanities Division, as well as having served on the College Council and board of the Graham School. He developed the Humanities Core course Language and the Human, served as president of the University of Chicago’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and is a recipient of the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. He volunteers at the National Hellenic Museum, teaching modern Greek to adults and children, including his own.
Briana Konnick – Associate Director, Graduate Career Development, UChicagoGRAD
- Briana serves as the dedicated career advisor for all Ph.D. students and postdocs within three divisions: BSD, PSD, and PME. Prior to joining UChicagoGRAD, Briana served as Program Coordinator for the Career & Postdoc Services Office at The Scripps Research Institute where she received her Ph.D. in virology.