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Noah Toly, Ph.D.

Professor of Urban Studies and Politics & International Relations, Director of the Center for Urban Engagement, Director of the Aequitas Program

On Faculty since 2006
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noah.toly@wheaton.edu
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Dr. Noah Toly is Director of the Center for Urban Engagement and Professor of Urban Studies and Politics & International Relations. He also serves as Non-Resident Senior Fellow for Global Cities at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and teaches on cities and urbanism in the Free University of Berlin’s Center for Global Politics. He has written numerous books and articles on urban and environmental politics, and he edits the Routledge Series, Cities & Global Governance. In 2011, he was named an Emerging Leader by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. In 2012-2013, he served as Senior Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion. And in 2015, he was the first recipient of the Emerging Public Intellectual award given by a coalition of North American think tanks in collaboration with the Centre for Christian Scholarship at Redeemer University College.

He currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Thriving Cities Project. Dr. Toly is a frequent speaker on cities, urban life, and the environment. He has been invited to lecture at Christ College Taipei, Gordon College, Hope College, Judson University, Ming Chuan University, Redeemer University College, University of Chicago, and University of Virginia. His work has appeared in Books & Culture, Capital Commentary, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Comment, Next City, The Hedgehog Review, Quartz, and Sightings among other publications, He has also been interviewed by Moody Radio, NPR, the New York Times, and The Atlantic. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Toly has published Cities of Tomorrow and the City to Come: A Theology of Urban Life (Zondervan) and What is Mercy Ministry? (Presbyterian & Reformed, co-authored with Philip Ryken). See Dr. Toly's CV for additional publications, invited lectures, and appearances.

University of Delaware
Ph.D., Urban Public Affairs and Public Policy, 2006

Wheaton College
M.A., Theology, 2012

University of Delaware
M.A., Urban Affairs and Public Policy, 2005

Wheaton College
B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies and Spanish, 1999

  • Urban Politics
  • Global Cities
  • Environmental Politics
  • Urban Affairs Association
  • American Political Science Association
  • International Studies Association
  • Society for Christian Ethics
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Center for Global Politics Free University of Berlin: Instructor
  • Senior Fellow for Global Cities Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Comments In: "Evangelicals Are Bitterly Split Over Advising Trump"
The Atlantic

“I think a lot of his advisory council members right now are in the business of enabling,” said Noah Toly, a professor of politics and director of the Center for Urban Engagement at Wheaton College, an evangelical school outside of Chicago.
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To These Pastors, Saving the Colorado River Is a Divine Command
New York Times

Noah Toly, a professor of politics and international relations at Wheaton College, a Christian school in Illinois, sees it as a harbinger of the rising power of Latinos in shaping the evangelical agenda. The lead role taken by low-income Hispanic congregations also helps dispel the widespread assumption that environmental issues are “luxury causes” reserved for the rich and white, he said.
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The City & The Gospel
Theology for Life (Ep. 29)

On this episode of Theology for Life, Lynn and Ed talk with Dr. Noah Toly about why, as Christians, we should love the city.
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Reflecting on “Data” and “Big Data” for Cities
The Hedgehog Review

Noah Toly points to an example from Anthony Townsend on how Big Data helped to locate residents in Chicago who were vulnerable to extreme weather events. While Toly points out that Big Data may be able to provide this type of information, he argues that it is less likely to inform decision makers on why these people are vulnerable and what should be done to mitigate their risk. This is where standardized metrics can complement Big Data by helping to track the impact and readiness of cities to respond to extreme weather events and other risks...

Morning Shift: Some religious groups divided on climate change
WBEZ 91.5

We get a recap of the Illinois General Assembly's veto session, and discuss different faiths' points of view on climate change...
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Is Ecology part of the gospel?
BeliefNet

IVP just came out with a new book, a collection of pieces around this theme, and I want to urge you to consider reading it. It is by Noah Toly and Daniel Block, Keeping God’s Earth: The Global Environment in Biblical Perspective...
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  • Advanced Urban Studies Seminar
  • Chicago
  • Environmental Politics
  • Global Cities
  • Global Warming Governance: Problem, Politics, Policy
  • Politics of Technology
  • Urban Politics

Dr. Toly is currently researching shifting perspectives on cities and urban life from the late 19th and 20th centuries to the early 21st century.

The New Urban Agenda and the Limits of Cities, The Hedgehog Review
2017
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The City of Big Data—Is It Enough?, Thriving Cities
2017
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Why Cities Need More Than Big Data, Thriving Cities
2017
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Brexit, Global Cities, and the Future of World Order, Globalizations
September, 2016
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100 Top Economies: Urban Influence and the Position of Cities in an Evolving World Order, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
2016
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Jihad vs. Global Cities, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
2016
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Who's Reprogramming Your City?, Comment
2016
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Urban Drama: Talking about Cities with Noah Toly and Milton Friesen, Part I, Comment
Brian Dijkema, Noah Toly, and Milton Friesen, 2016
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Opening the Soul of the City: Talking about Cities with Noah Toly and Milton Friesen, Part II, Comment
Brian Dijkema, Noah Toly, and Milton Friesen, 2016
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Cities Play a Key Role in Climate Action, Next City
2016
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The UN Should Appoint a Mayor to Head Its Climate Change Secretariat, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
2016
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What I'm Reading: Billion-Dollar BallThe Chronicle of Higher Education
2016
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Asking the Right Questions, Christianity Today
2015
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Terrible Simplifiers, Christianity Today
2015
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In the City We Trust, Christianity Today
2014
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A Postcard from the Global Cities Summit, Comment
2014
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The Magic of Mayors?, Comment
2014
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The Kingdom of Efficiency, Christianity Today
2012
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The Big Green Apple, Christianity Today
2010
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