Faculty And Staff

Sabina Shaikh


Gates-Blake, Rm. 111
(773) 834-4405

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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Madeleine McLeester

Program Assistant

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

Madeleine McLeester is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at the University. Her research investigates human-environment interaction in the Calumet Region from approximately A.D. 1500 to 1800. Her theoretical interests include landscape, political ecology, and colonialism.

Jamie Countryman


Gates-Blake, Rm. 113

Jamie is an environmental archaeologist studying human relationships with plants in the Mediterranean region, as seen through practices of agriculture and pastoralism. His fieldwork is based at the site of Nadin-Gradina, near the Adriatic coast of Croatia. He is especially interested in how cultural and political change affects human relationships with the environment. He is a fourth-year PhD student in the Anthropology Department and has worked with PGE since winter quarter of 2016. 

Willa Lengyel

Preceptor (Thesis)

Gates-Blake, Rm. 113

Willa Swenson-Lengyel is BA preceptor for the environmental 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.

Ray Lodato

Affiliated Project Director

Gates-Blake, Rm. 108

Raymond Lodato has served as Project Director for numerous studies with NORC at the University of Chicago. He headed the Washington State Achievers Longitudinal Survey and Tracking Study (2002-10), where NORC investigated the impact of school reform, scholarship funding and mentorship on the educational and life outcomes of low-income students in Washington State. He has also led projects on the NAACP, TIAA-CREF, and the White House Fellows. Lodato's projects were early adopters of social media as prompting and locating tools, and he also served as Assistant Project Director on the Gates Millennium Scholars Tracking and Longitudinal Survey Study, working primarily to increase response rates among American Indians.

Prior to joining NORC, Lodato worked for several years for the City of Chicago, and began his work in survey research as assistant to the President of Market Shares Corporation.  He holds a PhD in Political Science from The University of Chicago.


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.   View the full biography

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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