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CUE Core Faculty and Staff

CUE is supported by a community of scholars and advisors from every academic division. Core Faculty are primarily appointed in Urban Studies with joint appointments in other departments. Supporting Faculty advance CUE's mission and interdisciplinary programming through their teaching and research in many other departments and programs.


  • Christy Vosburg -- Assistant Director, Wheaton in Chicago
  • Bria Blair -- Graduate Assistant, Wheaton in Chicago
  • Hope Wood -- Program Coordinator, Emerald South Scholars Initiative
  • Kari Vandervelde -- Office Coordinator, Urban Studies Department
Noah Toly - Professor of Urban Studies and Politics & International Relations

Dr. Noah Toly teaches Chicago, Global Cities, Urban Politics, Justice in the City, and the Advanced Urban Studies Seminar. His research interests include urban environmental politics and the role of cities in global environmental governance. He edits the Routledge series, Cities & Global Governance and teaches at the Center for Global Politics at the Free University of Berlin.


Christa Tooley - Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Anthropology

Dr. Christa Ballard Tooley teaches Social Life of Cities, Cities in the Global South, The City in Popular Culture, and Place-making in Urban Contexts. Her research interests include the processes by which cities are developed, navigated and imagined, and more broadly the intersections of power, place and culture.