Dr. Noah Toly serves as founding and Executive Director of the Center for Urban Engagement (CUE), Chair of Urban Studies, and Professor of Urban Studies and Politics & International Relations at Wheaton College. He has written numerous books and articles on urban and environmental politics and served as editor of the Routledge series Cities and Global Governance. His work has appeared in peer-reviewed publications, as well as journals such as Books & Culture, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Comment, and The Hedgehog Review.
Dr. Toly also serves as Non-Resident Senior Fellow for Global Cities at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, which named him an Emerging Leader in 2011. In 2012-2013, he served as Senior Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion. In 2015, he was the inaugural recipient of the Emerging Public Intellectual Award given by a coalition of North American faith-based organizations, think tanks, and higher education institutions. For Spring 2020, Dr. Toly was appointed as Visiting Scholar at Duke Divinity School.
Dr. Toly served on the Steering Committee of the Thriving Cities Project when it was based at the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, and on the research team for the Project on Vocation and the Common Good, based at the Charlottesville think tank, New City Commons. For seven years, he taught on global cities as a member of the faculty at the Free University of Berlin’s Center for Global Politics, instructing mid-career graduate students from the public and private sectors. He currently serves on the Advisory Council of Together Chicago.
Dr. Toly is a frequent speaker on cities, urban life, and the environment. He has organized official events, sponsored by CUE, at the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development (Habitat III) and for a delegation of the Swedish legislature. He has given invited lectures talks for various higher education institutions, churches, industry groups, investment professionals, and municipal administrators.