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An associate professor of sociology at St. Olaf College, David Schalliol's interests span urban sociology, social stratification, criminology, visual sociology, and the sociology of education. He is currently focusing on the processes that facilitate social organization and disorganization in urban context. His newest book on the topic is The City Creative: The Rise of Urban Placemaking in Contemporary America (The University of Chicago Press, 2021), which he co-authored with Michael Carriere.

David has been involved in a variety of professional research activities, including leadership and post-secondary transition studies at the UChicago Consortium on School Research as well as investigations of the organizational context of knowledge production at NORC's Data Research and Development Center. He earned his doctorate and master's degrees in sociology from The University of Chicago. He earned his bachelor's degree in Social and Political Economy, with a concentration in Public Policy, from Kenyon College in 1999.

Learn more about his sociologically directed visual work, visit the photography section of this website, as well as features he authored for The Society Pages, the Chicago Reader, and Places. In 2014, Japanese publisher Utakatado released Isolated Building Studies, a book detailing David's eponymous series. Selected features on his work and collaborations can be seen on Citylab, Chicago Public Radio, Salon, the Chicago Tribune, Dwell, and The New York Times. Updates about his documentary film are available at TheAreaFilm.com.

View his curriculum vitae [PDF]

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