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A Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago, 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. The short documentary film embedded below provides a brief introduction to his Chicago-based, mixed-methodology research project. Visit his research and teaching sections for more information about these projects.

David has been involved in a variety of professional research activities, including leadership and post-secondary transition studies at the Consortium on Chicago School Research as well as investigations of the organizational context of knowledge production at NORC's Data Research and Development Center. He earned his master's degree in sociology from the University of Chicago in 2004.

Prior to enrollment in the University of Chicago, David was Research Director of the Ohio Public Expenditure Council and previously worked for public and private research institutions. He earned his bachelor's degree in Social and Political Economy, with a concentration in Public Policy, from Kenyon College in 1999.

For an broader range of his sociologically directed visual work, visit the photography section of this website, as well as features he authored for The Society Pages and Design Observer. Earlier this year, Japanese publisher Utakatado released Isolated Building Studies, a book detailing David's eponymous series. Selected write-ups of his work and collaborations can be seen on the websites of Chicago Public Radio, The Atlantic Cities,, the Chicago Tribune and Dwell. Updates about his documentary film are available at

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