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Robert Chaskin

Robert Chaskin, PhD

Inducted in 2020

Current Position

McCormick Foundation Professor, Deputy Dean for Strategic Initiatives, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration


PhD, University of Chicago

Robert Chaskin is McCormick Foundation Professor and Deputy Dean for Strategic Initiatives at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, where he holds the UNESCO Chair for Inclusive Urbanism. His work focuses primarily on the conceptual foundations and principal strategies of contemporary community intervention in the context of urban poverty. He has written widely on the topics of neighborhood intervention, community capacity building, the dynamics of participatory planning and neighborhood governance, and the role of nonprofit organizations in community development and participatory democracy. Current research includes a study on the civic and political engagement of marginalized urban youth in Belfast, Dublin, and London; research on slum clearance and social housing policy in Mumbai; and work focused on urbanization and migration in China. He holds an A.M. in Anthropology and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago.

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