Loyola University Chicago

College of Arts & Sciences

Faculty Spotlights

Dr. Alice Weinreb, a faculty member in the Department of History in the College of Arts and Sciences, was named the recipient for Loyola University Chicago’s Intra-University Visiting Fellowship. The award offers faculty the opportunity to spend a semester immersed in a LUC department or school outside of their own and provides them with the chance to develop a deeper understanding of related fields that offer collaborative opportunities for research, teaching and other scholarly activities.


As the recipient of the 2022 Intra-University Visiting Fellowship, Dr. Weinreb will devote a semester to working within the Department of Psychology, also in the College of Arts and Sciences.


“This sort of fellowship filled a real need within the University, both to actively support faculty research and writing, but also to foster interdisciplinary collaboration,” said Dr. Weinreb. “I firmly believe that interdisciplinary research leads to projects becoming stronger, more rigorous and more engaging.”


Dr. Weinreb will spend this upcoming term acquiring the methodological and clinical background necessary to begin drafting her book manuscript that examines the history of eating disorders, “Pathologies of Democracy: Anorexia Nervosa and the Rise of Disordered Eating in the Postwar World.”


“Without material support like this fellowship, faculty would not have the time, resources or funding to pursue serious and longer-term cross-department projects,” she noted. “There is a great wealth of expertise at Loyola and I am really so delighted that the University is beginning to actively enable faculty to build and sustain these interdisciplinary networks.”


“Pathologies of Democracy” provides the first transnational and interdisciplinary history of the postwar rise of anorexia nervosa. The book unpacks how the dramatic emergence of eating disorders- anorexia, bulimia, and overeating- related to cultural and economic tensions around race, class, and gender of the late twentieth century.


This project is unique because it approaches eating disorders from medical, psychiatric, historical and cultural perspectives. While focusing on anorexia, it frames this disease within the emergence of the larger category of eating disorders, seeking to historicize the complex relationship between food and mental health.



The Intra-University Visiting Fellowship gives faculty the opportunity to:

  • Learn from and with experts in other fields who can help to address complex, multifaceted problems that require interdisciplinary approaches
  • Learn from and with experts in other fields who can help to develop curriculum and pedagogical approaches from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Learn how to engage in interdisciplinary research and teaching


Learn more about the Intra-University Visiting Fellowship here.



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About the College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest of Loyola University Chicago’s schools, colleges, and institutes. More than 150 years since its founding, the College is home to 19 academic departments, 30 interdisciplinary programs and three interdisciplinary centers, more than 400 full-time faculty, and nearly 8,000 students. The 2,000+ classes that we offer each semester span an array of intellectual pursuits, ranging from the natural sciences and computational sciences to the humanities, the social sciences, and the fine and performing arts. Our students and faculty are engaged internationally at our campuses in Rome, Italy, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, as well as at dozens of University-sponsored study abroad and research sites around the world. Home to the departments that anchor the University’s Core Curriculum, the College of Arts and Sciences seeks to prepare all of Loyola’s students to think critically, to engage the world of the 21st century at ever deepening levels, and to become caring and compassionate individuals. Our faculty, staff, and students view service to others not just as one option among many, but as a constitutive dimension of their very being. In the truest sense of the Jesuit ideal, our graduates strive to be “men and women for others.” For further information about the College of Arts and Sciences, please visit our website at www.luc.edu/cas/