Research Scholars Archive

Since its inception in 1995, GCI has appointed 154 Faculty Research Scholars from more than 34 different departments and units of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Current Research Scholars »

2014 – 2015 Research Scholars

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”

2013 – 2014 Research Scholars

Tarini BediAssistant Professor of Anthropology
“Taxis, Transport and Urban Infrastructures in Mumbai and Singapore”

Andy ClarnoAssistant Professor of Sociology & African American Studies
“The Empire’s New Walls: The Politics of Security in Johannesburg and Jerusalem”

Faculty Scholars 2012-2013

Simone Buechler, Assistant Professor, Department of Latin American and Latino Studies
“Perceptions of Inequality and Employment in Three Low-Income Communities in São Paulo, Brazil”

Benét DeBerry-Spence, Associate Professor, Managerial Studies, College of Business Administration
“Re-thinking Marketplace Literacy: The Transformation of African Markets”

John Hagedorn, Professor, Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice
“Gangs and Police Corruption”

Kelly LeRoux, Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
“Unequal Policies, Unequal Access: State Voting Laws and the Nonprofit Response”

Brenda Parker, Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Policy, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
“Life’s Work in Chicago: Gender, Race, Inequality and Household Provisioning”

Nik Theodore, Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Policy, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
“Generative Work: Popular Education and Day Laborer Organizing in the U.S.”

Faculty Scholars 2011-2012

Elizabeth Abrams-Rich, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology (No longer with UIC)
&
Crystal Patil, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
“Innovative Antenatal Care: A Strategy for Meeting Global Health Goals in Urban Africa” 

Larry Bennett, Professor, Jane Addams School of Social Work
&
Stephanie Riger, Professor, Departments of Psychology and Gender & Women’s Studies
“The Domestic Violence Court Project: Policies and Procedures When Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence Co-Occur”

Judith De Jong, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture
“The Flattening City”

Pamela Anne Quiroz, Professor, Department of Educational Policy Studies
“Marketing Diversity & the ‘New’ Politics of Desegregation” & “Growing Up and Going to School in Different Urban Spaces”

Sultan Tepe, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
“The Transformative Forces of Religion and the City: Chicago’s Muslims and the Emergence of American Islam”

Faculty Scholars 2010-2011

Claire DecoteauAssistant Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“HIV/AIDS and the Struggle for Life in South Africa’s Slums”

Sharon HaarAssociate Professor, School of Architecture, College of Arts & Architecture
“Mapping Architecture’s Social Entrepreneurial Networks”

Mark LiechtyAssociate Professor, Departments of Anthropology and History, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“Far Out: Global Tourism and the Transformation of Kathmandu”

Naoko MuramatsuAssociate Professor, Division of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health
“Caring for Limited English Proficient Elderly: Challenges & Opportunities in Multi-Ethnic Urban Communities”

David StovallAssociate Professor, Departments of African-American Studies and Educational Policy Studies, Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Education
“Educational Debt Relief: Critical Race Praxis as College Access for African-American and Latino/a Youth”

Rachel WeberAssociate Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Policy, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
“The Speculative City: Building Booms, High Finance and the Construction of Obsolescence”

Yue ZhangAssistant Professor, Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“The Political Economy of Art Districts in Beijing and Chicago”

Faculty Scholars 2009-2010

Ralph CintronAssociate Professor, Departments of English and Latin American and Latino Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“Democracy as Fetish” 

Isabel Cruz, Professor, Department of Computer Science, College of Engineering
“Secure Data and Organization Interoperation for Geospatial and Context-Aware Urban Applications”

Elena GutierrezAssociate Professor, Departments of Latin American and Latino Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“Social Networks in the Access to Reproductive Health Services of Migrant Women from Zacatecas to Chicago, Illinois: A Community Intervention”

Norma Claire Moruzzi, Associate Professor, Departments of Political Science and Gender and Women’s Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“Tied Up in Tehran:Women, Social Change and the Politics Of Daily Life”

Jesus Ramirez-VallesProfessor, Division of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health
“The Health and Social Connectedness of Urban “Gayby Boomers” in Chicago”

Moira ZellnerAssistant Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Policy and Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs and Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
“Towards Urban Sustainability in the Chicago Region: Using Agent-Based Modeling for Social Learning and Environmental Planning”

Faculty Scholars 2008-2009

Philip AshtonAssistant Professor, Urban Planning and Policy Program, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
“Differential Citizenship in the Subprime Mortgage Market”

Nilda Flores-GonzalezAssociate Professor, Department of Latin American and Latino Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“Reconceptualizing Citizenship and Democratic Rights: Latino Youth in the Immigrant Movement”

Eric GutsteinProfessor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education
“Learning Mathematics through Investigating Urban Social Reality”

Karen Mossberger, Associate Professor, Public Administration Program, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (No longer with UIC)
“Comparative Insights on Neighborhood Regeneration in Chicago and Beyond”

Amalia PallaresAssociate Professor, Departments of Latin American and Latino Studies and Political Science, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“Denizens and Citizens: Urban Immigrant Activism and the Family Separation Issue”

Katrin Schultheiss, Associate Professor, Departments of Gender and Women’s Studies and History, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (No longer with UIC)
“Local Knowledge, Global Vision: A Collaborative Learning Project with Chicago-Area High Schools”

Maria VarelasProfessor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education
“Ecologies of Learnerhood in Early Elementary School Classrooms: African American Young Children and Science”

Faculty Scholars 2007-2008

Darold BarnumProfessor, Managerial Studies and Information & Decision Sciences, College of Business Administration
“Making Life Better in Cities: Improving the Productivity of Governmental & Non-Profit Urban Agencies”

Allyson HolbrookAssistant Professor, Public Administration Program, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
“The Problem of Urbanicity and Survey Nonresponse Bias: Evaluation, Explanation, and Possible Solutions”

Michele KelleyAssociate Professor, Division of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health
“Engaged Scholarship and Teaching with A Puerto Rican Community”

Pauline LipmanProfessor, Department of Policy Studies, College of Education
“Renaissance 2010, Contested Urban Development, and The Politics of Race”

Yolanda Majors, Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education (No longer with UIC)
“Community-Based Cultural Socialization Among Urban Adolescents: Repertoires of Practice For Interpreting Word and World”

Sally Mason, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine (No longer with UIC)
“Conceptualizing “Courtesy” Stigma Among African-American Adolescents Whose Mothers Have HIV/AIDS”

Faculty Scholars 2006-2007

John BetancurAssociate Professor, Urban Planning and Policy Program, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
“Dynamics of Neighborhood Change in the Era of Globalization”

Robert Bruegmann, Professor and Chair, Department of Art History, College of Architecture and the Arts (No longer with UIC)
“University and Community/Lawndale and Heritage”

Olivia GudeAssociate Professor, School of Art and Design, College of Architecture and the Arts
“The Space We Share: A Community Based Public Art Investigation”

David MayrowetzAssistant Professor, Policy Studies, College of Education
“Researching Distributed Leadership Practice for Special Education Reform”

Thomas MoherAssociate Professor, Department of Computer Science, College of Engineering
“Embedded Phenomena: Technology Support for Embodied Learning in Urban Science”

Kimberly PotowskiAssistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, Department of Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“Arresting Attrition: Spanish Language Maintenance in Chicago’s Elementary Schools”

Barbara RansbyAssociate Professor, Department of African American Studies/Department of History, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“Eslanda Robeson and the Multi-Cultural Urban Arts Communities of Harlem, Paris, and London, 1920s-1940s”

Faculty Scholars 2005-2006

Jennifer BrierAssistant Professor, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and Department of History, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“Infectious Ideas: AIDS and Urban Politics, 1980-2000”

Xiangming Chen, Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (No longer with UIC)
“Challenges to Regional and Local Governance: Globalization, Metropolitan Extension, and Value Chain Coordination in the Greater Shanghai Region”

Kimberly Gomez, Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education (No longer with UIC)
“Barrier or Building Block: Literacy as Gatekeeper or Vehicle for Educational Development in Adolescence”

Elena R. GutierrezAssistant Professor, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies/Department of Latin American and Latino Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“The Reproductive and Sexual Health of Latinas in Chicago: A Community Assessment”

John HagedornAssociate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“Globalizing Gangs”

Dick SimpsonProfessor, Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“From Daley to Daley: The New Political Machine in Chicago”

Edison J. TrickettProfessor, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“Engaged Research and the Urban Context: Deconstructing the Concept and Developing its Potential”

Faculty Scholars 2004-2005

Benét DeBerry-SpenceAssistant Professor of Marketing, Department of Managerial Studies, College of Business Administration
“Tourist-Host Interactions In Sub-Saharan Africa: How Meanings Make A City”

Richard John, Associate Professor, Department of History , College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (No longer with UIC)
“Telecommunications In The Industrial City”

Maria KrysanAssociate Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Education
“Rust Belt Revitalizing: What Determines Who Lives Where? The Inaugural Chicago Area Study And Beyond”

Sharon MastracciAssistant Professor, Public Administration Program, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
“Untapped Talent: The Implications Of Workforce Diversity Initiatives Designed To Mitigate The Underutilization Of Women In Urban Government Workplaces”

David StovallAssistant Professor of Policy Studies, College of Education
“From Hunger Strike To High School: Success And Challenges Across Communities In Creating A Neighborhood School”

Roger WeissbergProfessor, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“Promoting The Social, Emotional And Academic Learning Of Urban Children”

Faculty Scholars 2003-2004

Tanya R. Anderson, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Associate Director, Comprehensive Assessment and Response Training System, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine (No longer with UIC)
“Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Urban Minority Children”

Ann M. Feldman, Associate Professor, Director, First-Year Writing Program, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (No longer with UIC)
“Ordinary Writing in the Engaged University”

Irma OlmedoAssociate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education
“Young Children’s Bilingual, Metalinguistic and Communicative Development in a Chicago School”

Arkalgud RamaprasadProfessor and Department Head, Department of Information and Decision Sciences, College of Business Administration
“Bridging the Digital-Divide in e-Health Applications”

Laurie SchaffnerAssistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“Worlds of Girls in Trouble: Myths and Realities about Chicago’s Youth

Eric W. Welch, Assistant Professor, Public Administration Program, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (No longer with UIC)
“Linking Technology and Democracy: A Study of City Government Use of the Internet to Facilitate Public Discourse”

Faculty Scholars 2002-2003

Ralph CintronAssociate Professor, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“Rhetoric, Genius Loci and Cultural Politics in an Urban Setting”

Rebecca HendrickAssociate Professor, Public Administration, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
“Fiscal Strategy Making in Chicago Suburbs: How Suburban Municipalities Balance Their Budgets and Manage Fiscal Stress”

Janise HurtigResearch Specialist in the Humanities, Center for Research on Women and Gender
“Parents Write Their Worlds: A Parent Involvement Program Bridging Urban Schools and Families – A Participatory Ethnographic Study”

Steve JonesProfessor and Head, Department of Communication, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“A Great City Online: A Study of the Internet’s Impact on Chicago’s Neighborhoods”

Dennis JuddProfessor, Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“The Fracturing of City Politics: Building the Tourist City in Chicago and St. Louis”

Linda M. KasteAssociate Professor & Director of Pre-Doctoral Dental Public Health, Department of Pediatric Dentistry
“UIC Community Partnerships: Dental Workforce Development”

Bryant Marks, Assistant Professor, Department of African-American Studies & Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (No longer with UIC)
“On Being Separate and Together: Hyper-Segregation, Diversity and Inter-Racial Relations in Urban Settings”

Sarah UllmanAssociate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“Policies and Practices of Mental Health Service Providers to Chicago Sexual Assault Victims: Reducing Barriers to Effective Treatment”

Faculty Scholars 2001-2002

Alicia Adsera, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, College of Business Administration (No longer with UIC)
“New Fertility Trends in Urban Social Settings”

Kheir Al-KodmanyAssistant Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Policy, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
“University-Community GIS Partnership”

Sharon CollinsAssociate Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“From Diversity to Community: Managing the Race and Gender Mix in the Work Place”

Marcia Farr, Professor, Departments of English and Linguistics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (No longer with UIC)
“CHICAGOACAN: Transnationalism and Identity in a Mexican Community”

Deborah Fausch, Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, College of Architecture and the Arts (No longer with UIC)
“Interactions between Planning and Architecture: The Urban Theories of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown”

Nilda Flores-GonzalezAssistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Latin American Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“From Radicals to Terrorists: Public Discourses and Politics in a Chicago School”

David Jordan, LAS Distinguished Professor of French History, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (No longer with UIC)
“Napoleon’s Paris: The City Imagined”

Beth RichieAssociate Professor, Departments of Criminal Justice/Gender and Women’s Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“Divestment and Criminalization: The Impact of Public Policy shifts on the Lives of Incarcerated Women”

James SosnoskiProfessor, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“The Virtual Harlem Project as a Prototype for a UIC Collaborative Learning Network for Chicago”

Faculty Scholars 2000-2001

Marc S. AtkinsAssociate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry College of Medicine
“Effective Mental Health Service Delivery in Low Income Communities”

Cynthia M. BlairAssistant Professor, Department of African American Studies/History, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“Vicious Commerce: African Women’s Sex Work and the Transformation of Urban Space in Chicago, 1850-1915”

Jonathan Dombrow, Assistant Professor, Department of Managerial Studies, College of Business Administration (No longer with UIC)
“Rental Housing in Chicago”

Lisa FrohmannAssociate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“Battered Women’s Spatio-Temporal Dimension of Safety”

John HagedornAssociate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“The Political Economy of Urban Violence”

Michael D. Lieber, Professor, Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (No longer with UIC)
“Conceptualizing Community: Joining Social Theory and Community Initiative”

Silvia MalagrinoCollege of Architecture and the Arts
“Chicago-Buenos Aires Project”

Anthony M. OrumProfessor, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“America Transformed: New Immigrants and How They Are Reshaping Modern America”

Rachel WeberAssistant Professor Urban Planning and Policy Program, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
“TIF and the Changing Financial Governance of Cities”

Faculty Scholars 1999-2000

David Badillo, Assistant Professor, Latin American Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (No longer with UIC)
“Latino Migration and the Evolution of Edge Cities in Metropolitan Chicago: Interpreting Trends in Transnationalism and Suburbanization”

Kevin BarnhurstAssociate Professor, Communications, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“Young Citizens, The Media, and Political Participation in Chicago”

Burton BledsteinAssociate Professor, History, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“In the Neighborhood of Hull-House and the Maxwell Street Market: Chicago’s Near West Side, 1870-1930”

Elizabeth Delaney, Assistant Professor, Special Education, College of Education (No longer with UIC)
“Teaching Parents and Teachers of Young Children who are at Risk to Support Language Development and Manage Non-Compliant Behaviors Using Naturalistic Intervention Techniques”

Olivia GudeAssistant Professor/Coordinator of Art Education, Art and Design, College of Architecture and the Arts
“Community-Based Art Education Curriculum with Middle School and High School Art Teachers”

Raffaella NanettiProfessor, Urban Planning and Policy, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
“Comparative Social Capital Project. Building the Virtuous Loop: Social Capital Development Planning – Institutional Performance – Community Wellbeing”

Joseph PerskyProfessor, Economics, College of Business Administration
“Does “Trickle-Down” Work: Economic Development and Job Chains in Local Labor Markets”

Janet SmithAssistant Professor, Urban Planning and Policy, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
“Transforming the Space of Public Housing”

Constance Yowell, Assistant Professor, Policy Studies,College of Education (No longer with UIC)
“UIC/Benito Juarez Advisory Research Project”