GCI announces 2015-2016 Faculty Scholars

02-09-15 scholarannouncement

Dear GCI followers,

Great Cities Institute is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 GCI Faculty Scholars. A criterion for judging the proposals was the extent to which they address UIC and GCI’s Great Cities Commitment to connect scholarship and the quality of life in cities and metropolitan regions.

Since 1995, the Institute has appointed 161 Faculty Scholars from over 34 different departments and units at UIC. The GCI Faculty Scholars Program provides awardees the opportunity to conduct research that contributes to their professional development, enriches their respective academic disciplines and leads to changes in policy and professional practice outside the academy.

The 2015-2016 GCI Faculty Scholars include:
David Stovall, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Policy Studies and African-American Studies
“Notes on an Engineered Conflict: School Closings, Public Housing, Law Enforcement and the Future of Black Life”

Ronak Kapadia, Assistant Professor, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies
“Beyond ‘Chiraq’ and Homan Square: Alternatives to Mass Incarceration, Military Urbanism, and Homeland Security in Chicago”

Amy Bailey, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
“Transition to Adulthood for Working Class Youth: Institutions and Informal Practices in Local Communities”

New for 2015-2016, GCI Senior Faculty Scholar:
David Perry, Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Policy
“The University as Urban Anchor: From Enclave to Engaged Institution”

The 2015-2016 Great Cities Institute Faculty Scholar Competition was guided by GCI’s commitment to encourage collaborative, cross-disciplinary research on topics that affect the quality of life of people living in Chicago, its metropolitan region, and other great cities and urban regions around the world. Priority was given to proposals that have a high potential to promote synergy among scholars working on a topic related to UIC and GCI’s urban missions, create enduring collaborative relationships, and attract funding from outside the university.

The 2014-2015 Great Cities Institute Faculty Scholars were:
Ning AiAssistant Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Policy
Isabel Cruz, Professor, Department of Computer Science
“Feasibility & Efficiency Analysis of Neighborhood-Based Sustainable Food Waste Management”

Lynette JacksonAssociate Professor, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies
“New African Diaspora in Chicago: Memories, Maps, and Communities”

Nadine NaberAssociate Professor, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies & Asian American Studies Program
“Ending Violence against Arab Women: Transnational Approaches across Four Cities (Cairo, Beirut, Chicago, Detroit)”

Laurie SchaffnerAssociate Professor, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies & Department of Sociology
“Chicago Youth in the Survival Sex Economy: Sexualities, Poverty, Race, and the Law”

In the 2015-2016 academic year GCI will incorporate new GCI Faculty Scholars into its local and regional governance cluster. The upcoming GCI Faculty scholars may also participate in GCI’s employment and economic development cluster as well as the dynamics of global mobility cluster.

Teresa Córdova