Chicago Studies coordinates a thick network of resources and supports that makes it easier for the College to learn from and engage the city we call home.  We are staffed by a small core executive team (below) and advised by interdisciplinary groups of faculty, students, and partners, but our collaborations extend through the College, into the broader University, and around the Chicagoland region.  Key on-campus partners include the various programs of the Office of Civic Engagement (especially the University Community Service Center and Neighborhood Schools Program); Arts + Public Life and UChicago Arts; the Court Theater and Smart Museum of Art; UChicago Libraries; the Crown School of Social Service; the Institute of Politics; the Parrhesia Institute for Public Service; the Architectural Studies program of Art History; the Committee on Environment, Geography, and Urbanization (CEGU); the Department of History; Facilities Services; the Urban Theory Lab; the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights; and the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, to name just a few.  

Our staff offers expertise in support of engaged teaching & learning, collaborative urban research, community partnership development, and city-based para-curricular programming. Click on any photograph or hyperlink to connect with a member of our team (and to schedule an appointment, where applicable).  Not sure who to talk to?  Answer a few simple questions, and we'll direct you to the right person!

For general inquiries, contact Chris Skrable, Executive Director of Chicago Studies & Experiential Learning and Assistant Dean of the College.

Chris Skrable

Executive Director

Assistant Dean of the College | appointment link

Sabina Shaikh

Faculty Director

Director of Academic Programs, Director of Undergraduate Studies, CEGU

Parker Otto

GIS Specialist; Co63 Research Manager