Faculty Projects

William Rainey Harper, the University of Chicago’s first President, planned: “a university which will adapt itself to urban influence…and which is compelled to meet the demands of an urban environment…”

From John Dewey and Robert Merriam through today, members of the faculty have a deep tradition of engagement with the city. The city has served as a laboratory – as a place to study – but also as place where faculty choose to live and raise their families. Faculty research based on Chicago has shaped city, state, and national policy.

Faculty connect students with Chicago – through teaching, through advising research projects, and by encouraging community exploration and involvement with local organizations.

Faculty: Join Chicago Studies!

  • List courses with significant Chicago-related content
  • Chicago Course Connections: Organize field trips or invite guest speakers to enrich your courses with support from the Chicago Studies Program – email dhays@uchicago.edu to find out more
  • Recommend resources: books, articles, websites, media, organizations – to be shared with students
  • Advise Student Projects: Chicago-related BA theses that you can recommend for publication in the Chicago Studies Journal