Faculty And Staff

Sabina Shaikh

Director, Program on Global Environment
Senior Lecturer, Environmental & Urban Studies, Public Policy Studies

Harper Memorial Library, Rm. 482
(773) 834-4405

Spring Quarter Office Hours:
Thursdays 12-2

Dr. Sabina Shaikh is the Director of the Program on Global Environment and  a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Studies and Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago.  She is also the founder and director of the Environment, Agriculture and Food (EAF) working group.  

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Julie Erdmann

Program Administrator

Gates-Blake, Rm. 110
(773) 702-1673

Julie joined the Program on the Global Environment in August 2017. She holds a BS in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management from the University of Minnesota. She has a background in nonprofits and ecological restoration, and is interested in the intersection of social justice and the environment. 

Ray Lodato


Gates-Blake, Rm. 108

Spring Quarter Office Hours:
Wednesdays, 10-12pm, and by appointment

Raymond Lodato is a Lecturer in the Environmental and Urban Studies and Public Policy Studies programs at the University of Chicago.  Dr. Lodato teaches courses on environmental policy, law, and politics, as well as urban sustainability. He has presented at numerous conferences and given talks to a wide variety of academic and general audiences, addressing topics ranging from Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si, comparative urban sustainability policy, and money in politics.  He is the Principal Investigator of the Study of Non-Voters in America, a study of why eligible Americans in swing states choose not to participate in high-profile elections.  The pilot project for this study was sponsored by The Carnegie Foundation and received generous support from the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics.   Additionally,  Lodato is currently completing a study by the late Dr. William J. Grimshaw on the obstacles to political and socioeconomic mobility faced by African-Americans in Chicago in the 20th and early 21st centuries.

Possessing an extensive background in survey research, Dr. Lodato has conducted research projects for the NAACP, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  For ten years, he served as Project Director for the Washington State Achievers Longitudinal Survey and Tracking Study, a survey of low-income scholarship recipients and applicants, that examined their career and life outcomes.  He has served on the selection committee of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship at the University of Chicago, and worked closely with the University’s Office of Civic Engagement when serving as an aide to three Chicago aldermen.

Dr. Lodato received his Ph.D. and A.M. degrees in Political Science from the University of Chicago. He earned his B.A. at Manhattan College in Government and Peace Studies and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Alison Anastasio


Gates-Blake, Rm.127

Spring Quarter Office Hours:
Mondays, 3-5pm
By appointment

Alison Anastasio is a Lecturer in Environmental and Urban Studies. 

Trained in Evolutionary Genetics and Field Ecology, Dr. Anastasio's early contributions to science include a patent describing the identification and variants of the pharmaceutically relevant gene AGTR1, substantial collections and demographic information on Arabidopsis thaliana in Sweden, and publications on plant population genetics and local adaptation. More recently she is the long-time steward at Rainbow Beach Dunes, has organized conference sessions on the history of ecology, and botanizes regularly in the Calumet Region. Her current focus is on the characterization of plant populations in novel urban environments. At University of Chicago, Dr. Anastasio teaches courses from a biological perspective, including urban ecology, human health and the environment, history of ecology, and Environmental and Urban Studies core sequence.

Dr. Anastasio received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago and her B.A. in Biology from Carleton College.

David Barr

Preceptor (Major Requirements)

Gates-Blake, Rm. 113

Spring Quarter Office Hours:
By appointment only

Matthew Knisley

Preceptor (Internships and Careers)

Gates-Blake, Rm. 113
Spring Quarter Office Hours:
Mondays, 10-12pm

Matthew Knisley is a BA preceptor for the environmental and urban studies department and a PhD candidate in Anthropology. His research explores the history of forager landscapes in eastern Africa, drawing on historical archaeology, political ecology, and science and technology studies. He is also interested in the Anthropocene, industrial food systems, and invasive species. He is an avid gardener and landscaper. 

Willa Lengyel

Preceptor (Thesis)

Gates-Blake, Rm. 113

Spring Quarter Office Hours:
By appointment only
Please email to set up a time

Willa Swenson-Lengyel is BA preceptor for the environmental and urban studies department, advising and working with seniors on their BA theses. She is a doctoral candidate in the Divinity School, writing on hope and hopelessness in light of climate change.

Caitlin Piccirillo-Stosser

Environment, Agriculture and Food (EAF) Student Coordinator

Caitlin is a fourth year in the college double majoring in Economics and Public Policy and is serving as this year’s EAF Student Coordinator. She is from Ossining, New York, and is passionate about environmental and health policies. On campus, she is on the Frizzell Committee, tutors local elementary students in art, and enjoys playing intramural sports. Caitlin has been involved with EAF since her first year, and is very excited to continue to work toward sustainability and social outreach both on campus and throughout Chicago!

Larkin Smith

Communications Intern

Larkin Smith is the Environmental and Urban Studies Communications Intern for the 2017-2018 academic year. She is a Third Year in the College, studying Fundamentals: Issues and Texts and Human Rights. Through her self-designed and interdisciplinary major, she studies environmental ethics, political philosophy, and social movement theory. On campus, Larkin additionally serves as the President of her a cappella group, is a member of Pi Beta Phi, and occasionally performs with University Theater. Growing up in Vail, Colorado, Larkin also has a penchant for adventure, and loves to ski, scuba dive, and travel. She one day hopes to pursue a law degree, perhaps jointly with a Ph.D. in Ethics.

Emily Talen

Affiliated Faculty
Professor of Urbanism

Emily Talen is Professor of Urbanism at the University of Chicago. Prior appointments were at Arizona State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has a Phd in urban geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research is devoted to urban design and urbanism, especially the relationship between the built environment and social equity. Her books include: New Urbanism and American Planning, Design for Diversity, Urban Design Reclaimed, and City Rules. She also has several edited volumes – the most recent one is Retrofitting Sprawl: Addressing 70 Years of Failed Urban Form. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2014-15), and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Her next book, to be published in 2017 by the University of Chicago Press, is called Neighborhood.

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Luc Anselin

Affiliated Faculty

Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology and the College
Director, Center for Spatial Data Science
Senior Fellow, NORC

Luc Anselin is the Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology and the College, the Director of the new Center for Spatial Data Science and a Senior Fellow at NORC. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2008 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011.

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Sarah E. Fredericks

Affiliated Faculty
Assistant Professor, Divinity School

Swift Hall Rm. 204a
(773) 7028226

Dr. Sarah E. Fredericks is an assistant professor at the Divinity School.  As an environmental ethicist, Dr. Fredericks’ work focuses on religious and philosophical responses to environmental issues, particularly sustainability, sustainable energy, sustainability indexes, environmental guilt and shame, and environmental justice.  She is the author of Measuring and Evaluating Sustainability: Ethics in Sustainability Indexes as well as a number of articles and book chapters.  She is currently working on a book on the ethical significance of environmental guilt and shame for individuals and collectives.

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