Noah Toly

Professor / Author / Researcher

Professor, Director of the Center for Urban Engagement

Wheaton College

About

Dr. Noah Toly is Director of the Center for Urban Engagement and Professor of Urban Studies and Politics & International Relations. He also serves as Non-Resident Senior Fellow for Global Cities at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and teaches on cities and urbanism in the Free University of Berlin’s Center for Global Politics. He has written numerous books and articles on urban and environmental politics, and he edits the Routledge Series, Cities & Global Governance. In 2011, he was named an Emerging Leader by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. In 2012-2013, he served as Senior Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion. And in 2015, he was the first recipient of the Emerging Public Intellectual award given by a coalition of North American think tanks in collaboration with the Centre for Christian Scholarship at Redeemer University College.

He currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Thriving Cities Project. Dr. Toly is a frequent speaker on cities, urban life, and the environment. He has been invited to lecture at Christ College Taipei, Gordon College, Hope College, Judson University, Ming Chuan University, Redeemer University College, University of Chicago, and University of Virginia. His work has appeared in Books & Culture, Capital Commentary, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Comment, Next City, The Hedgehog Review, Quartz, and Sightings among other publications, He has also been interviewed by Moody Radio, NPR, the New York Times, and The Atlantic. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Toly has published Cities of Tomorrow and the City to Come: A Theology of Urban Life (Zondervan) and What is Mercy Ministry? (Presbyterian & Reformed, co-authored with Philip Ryken). See Dr. Toly’s CV for additional publications, invited lectures, and appearances.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

University of Delaware

Ph.D in Urban Public Affairs and Public Policy, 2006

Wheaton College

M.A. in Theology, 2012

University of Delaware

M.A. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy, 2005

Wheaton College

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies and Spanish, 1999

Employment

Professor of Politics & International Relations
Director of the Center for Urban Engagement
Faculty Fellow, Humanitarian & Disaster Institute

Wheaton College, 2016-Present

Senior Fellow for Global Cities

Chicago Council on Global Affairs, 2016-2017

Associate Professor of Politics & International Relations
Director of the Center for Urban Engagement
Faculty Fellow, Humanitarian & Disaster Institute

Wheaton College, 2011-2016

Assistant Professor of Politics & International Relations
Director of Urban Studies
Faculty Fellow, Humanitarian & Disaster Institute

Wheaton College, 2006-2011

Policy Fellow

Center for Energy & Environmental Policy
University of Delaware, 2005-2006

Recent Teaching

  • Advanced Urban Studies Seminar
  • Chicago
  • Environmental Politics
  • Global Cities
  • Global Warming Governance: Problem, Politics, Policy
  • Politics of Technology
  • Urban Politics

Professional Societies and Academic Service

  • Board member of the Evangelical Environmental Network
  • Board member of the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies
  • Researcher for the Vocation & The Common Good Project, a multi-year project of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture and New City Commons
  • Steering Committee member for The Thriving Cities Project, a multi-year, multi-site research project of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture
  • Urban Studies Faculty Sub-Committee
  • Intercollegiate Athletics Committee
  • Honduras Project Faculty Advisory

Community Service

  • Evaluator for Project Impact, A Better Chicago and ELP Ventures, 2014
  • Presenter and discussion leader for Emerging Leaders Salon on “Metropolitan Revolution”, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, December 2013
  • Member, Host Committee, 2010 Annual Meeting of the Christian Community Development