Michael Chladek


PhD Candidate in Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago. Researching youth, gender, and religion in northern Thailand.


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Education

PhD Candidate, Comparative Human Development
2010–Present • University of Chicago
Thesis: Making Monks, Making Men: The Role of Buddhist Monasticism in Shaping Northern Thai Identities
Advisor: Prof. Jennifer Cole
Committee: Prof. Steven Collins, Prof. Richard Shweder, & Prof. Nancy Eberhardt (Outside Reader)

MA, Comparative Human Development
2008–2010 • University of Chicago
Thesis: Sowing the Seeds of American Buddhism: Hybridization and Notions of Monkhood at a Chicago Thai Temple
Advisor: Prof. Jennifer Cole
Committee: Prof. Bertram Cohler

BA, Psychology (cum laude)
2001–2006 • University of Missouri–Columbia
Minor: Mathematics
Thesis: Motivational Links among Goal Orientation, Implicit Theories, Lay Dispositionism and Social Comparison
Advisor: Prof. Ronald Friedman

Publications

Articles

Friedman, Ronald S; Cooper, M Lynne; Chladek, Michael R; Rudy, Duane. 2007. “Investigating the Link between Validation Seeking and Lay Dispositionism.” Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 33(4): 463–475. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17363760

Reviews

Chladek, Michael R. October 2015. “A Review of Moral Personhood in a Globalizing World: Dyadic Perspectives in Rural and Urban Thailand, by Jessica McKenzie.” Dissertation Reviews. http://dissertationreviews.org/archives/12724

In Revision/Resubmission

Chladek, Michael R. Under Review. “Defining Manhood: Buddhist Monasticism as Ideal Masculinity in Thailand.” Rian: The International Journal of Thai Studies.

In Progress

Chladek, Michael R. In Progress. “Finding `The Middle’: Negotiating Ideals of Monastic Aesthetics and the Construction of Identity in Northern Thailand.”

Chladek, Michael R. In Progress. “Learning to Dress: How Young Buddhist Monks Convey Gender, Sexuality, & Morality with Their Robes.”

Teaching Experience

Instructor, Self, Culture, & Society
Spring 2015 • University of Chicago
Introductory discussion based undergraduate course of 18 students. Read foundational social science texts on issues of self, gender, and race. Worked with students on improving writing skills.

Instructor, BA Honors Thesis Seminar
Winter 2015 • University of Chicago
Undergraduate course for students writing a BA honors thesis. Helped students develop skills necessary to conduct independent research in the social sciences. Topics covered included doing literature reviews, developing an engaging research question, determining appropriate methods, and navigating institutional review boards.

BA Advisor, Dept. of Comparative Human Development
2014–2015 • University of Chicago
Advised about 40 undergraduate students on fulfilling departmental requirements. Acted as liaison between students and the undergraduate chair. Worked with department and university staff and advisors on improving course offerings and advising undergraduate students.

Teaching Intern, Self, Culture, & Society
2011–2012 • University of Chicago
Discussion based course of about 20 students focused on reading core texts within the social sciences, particularly anthropology and human development. Aided professor in leading discussion and grading papers, assisted undergraduate students with reading comprehension and essay assignments, and held regular office hours.

Teaching Assistant, Problems of Policy Implementation
Spring 2011 • University of Chicago
Led weekly discussion sections of 10–15 students. Assisted undergraduate students with research projects on particular policy implementations. Constructed final exams, and graded final exams and research papers.

Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Human Development
Fall 2010 • University of Chicago
Led bi-weekly discussion section of 20–25 students. Lectured one class of about 100 students. Assisted undergraduate students with ethnographic and life narrative research projects, and graded essay assignments.

Research Experience

Ethnographic Field Research, Northern Thailand
2012–2014
Conducted participant-observation research at government schools and Buddhist temples across northern Thailand, including ordaining as a Buddhist monk for about nine months. Recorded, transcribed, and coded for major themes in-depth, unstructured interviews with teachers, monks, novices, parents, and students

Ethnographic Field Research, Chicago, IL
2009
Conducted participant-observation research at a Thai Buddhist temple in Chicago. Conducted structured interviews with monks and lay followers, which I transcribed and coded for major themes

Research Assistant, National Opinion Research Center (NORC), University of Chicago
2008–2009
Worked on a national, longitudinal, population-based, and NIH-funded study on the interactions among physical health, cognitive function, emotional health, and relationship/sexual satisfaction among older adults. Tasks included questionnaire development, literature reviews, and data analysis
Director: Sara Leitsch, PhD

Research Assistant, Department of Psychology, New York University
2006–2008
Assisted doctoral candidate with dissertation research on gender identity development by coding and analyzing video data of mother-child interactions. Investigated the relationship between knowledge of gendered language and gender-typed play behavior in children
Director: Diane Ruble, PhD

Research Assistant, Memory and Cognitive Aging Laboratory, University of Missouri–Columbia
2006
Conducted experiments and analyzed data in the area of human cognition and memory. Specifically looking at divided attention, specific interference, inhibition, and aging. Assisted in managing subjects and fiscal matters
Director: Moshe Naveh-Benjamin, PhD

Research Assistant, Department of Psychology, University of Missouri–Columbia
2004–2006
Conducted experiments and coded data in the area of social-cognition. Focused on two main areas: motivation for creativity and effects of alcohol priming
Director: Ronald S. Friedman, PhD

Grants, Awards, & Honors

2016–2017, William Rainey Harper Dissertation Year Fellowship. Division of the Social Sciences, University of Chicago.

2015–2016, Dissertation Fellowship. Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, University of Chicago.

2015, Gianinno Dissertation Fellowship. Department of Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago.

2015, Dissertation Write-Up Fellowship. Committee on Southern Asian Studies, University of Chicago.

2014, Bernice Neugarten Award. Department of Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago.

2014, Dissertation Write-Up Fellowship. Committee on Southern Asian Studies, University of Chicago.

2012–2014, Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant. National Science Foundation.

2012, Rynerson Research Fund. Department of Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago.

2011, Empowering Network for International Thai Studies (ENITS) Scholarship. Institute for Thai Studies, Chulalongkorn University.

2011, Lemelson/SPA Student Fellowship. Society for Psychological Anthropology.

2011, Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship (declined). University of Wisconsin–Madison.

2010, Usha Maha Jani Award Nomination. Southeast Asia Summer Studies Institute (SEASSI), University of Wisconsin–Madison.

2010, Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. University of Wisconsin–Madison.

2010, Pre-Dissertation Travel Fellowship. Committee on Southern Asian Studies (COSAS), University of Chicago.

2009, Tuition Fellowship. Southeast Asia Summer Studies Institute (SEASSI), University of Wisconsin–Madison.

2009, Summer Language Study Fellowship. Committee on Southern Asian Studies (COSAS), University of Chicago.

Presentations

Invited Lectures

April 2016, Queering Buddhism: How Young Monks Enact and Change Buddhism and Masculinity in Northern Thailand. Washington State University, Pullman, WA.

Panels Organized

April 2015, Coming of Age in Institutions: Youth, Gender, and Bureaucratic Subjectivity. Society for Psychological Anthropology Biennial Meeting, Boston, MA.

Conference Papers

November 2016, “Nothing is Certain”: How Young Buddhist Monks Enact Aimless Agency and Unknowable Futures in Northern Thailand. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

September 2016, Asymmetrical Orientations to the Buddhist Monastic Code: Imagined Laity and the Performance of Monasticism in Northern Thailand. Buddhist Law and State Law in Comparative Perspective, University at Buffalo.

May 2016, Buddhist Monasticism in Thailand and the Processing of Morality through Gender | Publics | Panics. Gender, Publics, Panics in the Global South, University of Chicago.

November 2015, Buddhist Novice Monks Learning & Resisting Monastic Expectations in Northern Thailand. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

October 2014, Constructing Lanna Buddhism in Contemporary Northern Thailand. Council on Thai Studies Annual Meeting, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

April 2014, Why Understanding Buddhist Monasticism is Important for Understanding Gender/Sexuality in Thailand. International Thai Studies Conference, University of Sydney.

July 2012, Recent Media Depictions and Popular Imaginings of the Relationship between Buddhist Monasticism and Manhood in Thailand. SEASSI Student Conference, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

May 2012, Becoming a Man: Effeminacy and the Guarding of Buddhist Masculinity in Thailand. Engendering Change Gender and Sexualities Conference, University of Chicago.

October 2011, “Are you a Man?”: Buddhist Monkhood and the Construction of Masculinity in Thailand. Council on Thai Studies Annual Meeting, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

March 2011, Buddhist Monkhood as a Site for the Construction of Ideal Masculine Agents of Change in Thailand. Society for Psychological Anthropology Biennial Meeting, Los Angeles, CA.

July 2010, Translating Buddhism: Monks as Mediators at a Chicago Thai Temple. SEASSI Student Conference, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

May 2010, Sowing the Seeds of American Buddhism: Hybridization at a Chicago Thai Temple. Comparative Human Development Conference, University of Chicago.

Panel Discussant

May 2015, Panel on Institutions. Comparative Human Development Annual Student Conference, University of Chicago.

Workshop Papers

October 2015, Becoming Like Diamonds: Novice Summer Camps, Being Riaproi, and Adjusting Selves. Theory and Practice of South Asia, University of Chicago.

February 2015, Finding “The Middle”: Negotiating Ideals of Monastic Aesthetics and the Construction of Identity in Northern Thailand. Theory and Practice of South Asia, University of Chicago.

October 2014, Learning to Dress: How Young Buddhist Monks Convey Gender, Sexuality, & Morality With Their Robes. Gender and Sexuality Studies Working Group, University of Chicago.

January 2011, Activist Monks and Gay Monks: The Buddhist Sangha as a Site for Political and Social Change in Thailand. Comparative Human Development Workshop on Culture, University of Chicago.

Posters Presented

April 2008, Children’s Knowledge of Gendered Words: A Test of Self-Socialization Theories of Gender Development. Gender Development Research Conference, San Francisco, CA.

May 2006, A Motivational Link between Implicit Theories and Lay Dispositionism. Psi Chi Midwestern Regional Conference, Chicago, IL.

May 2006, Motivational Links among Goal Orientation, Implicit Theories, Lay Dispositionism and Social Comparison. Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Stanford University.

University & Community Service

Journals

2014–Present, Chief IT Editor. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory.

University Service

May 2011, Coordinator. Comparative Human Development Conference.

2010–2012, Coordinator. Buddhist Studies Group.

2009–2010, Treasurer. Human Development Student Association.

2008–2010, Representative. Graduate Student Activities Committee, University of Chicago.

Community Service

2013–Present, Advisor. Charity School Project for Disadvantaged Youth, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

2012–2014, Translator (Thai-English). FutureSense Foundation, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

2012–2014, English Language Tutor. Various Schools & Temples, Northern Thailand.

2009–2012, English Language Tutor. Wat Phrasriratanamahadhatu Buddhist Temple, Chicago, IL.

2009–2012, Treasurer. University of Chicago Student Buddhist Association.