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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 primary mixed-methodology research project.

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. 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

View his curriculum vitae here [PDF].

David is taking a year hiatus from teaching to finish his PhD. For the last four years, he was the Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Sciences at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Courses taught included:

  • Great Political Thinkers
  • Inequality
  • Introduction to the Professions of Political Science and Sociology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Promise and Problems of Policy
  • Social and Political Theory

He also taught the Explore Chicago course Photographing Chicago Landscapes at DePaul University and worked as a teaching assistant in the following courses at the University of Chicago:

  • Educational Organization and Socioeconomic Inequality
      with Charles Bidwell, Professor of Sociology, Emeritus
  • Problems of Policy Implementation
      with Richard Taub, Paul Klapper Professor of Social Sciences and Public Policy, Professor of Sociology and Comparative Human Development and Chairman of the Department of Comparative Human Development
  • Social Change
      with William Parish, Professor of Sociology and Chairman of the Department of Sociology

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