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An assistant professor of sociology at St. Olaf College and principal with Scrappers Film Group, David Schalliol is interested in the relationship between community and place. His writing and photographs have appeared in such publications as Social Science Research, MAS Context, and The New York Times, as well as in numerous exhibitions, including the 2015 and 2017 Chicago Architectural Biennial, the inaugural Belfast Photo Festival and the Museum of Contemporary Photography's Midwest Photographers Project. He is the author of Isolated Building Studies, and regularly contributes to documentary films, including Almost There and Highrise: Out My Window, an interactive documentary that won the 2011 International Digital Emmy for Non-Fiction. His directoral debut, The Area, premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in April 2018.

In addition to his sociological, photographic, and filmic activities, David is actively involved with several websites and was an editor of Gapers Block for more than a decade, where he worked with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust to increase journalistic coverage of underserved communities.

David earned his BA from Kenyon College, and his MA and PhD in the Department of Sociology at The University of Chicago.





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