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. He has written numerous books and articles on urban and environmental politics — most recently, The Gardeners’ Dirty Hands: Environmental Politics & Christian Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2019) — and was founding and sole editor of the Routledge Series, Cities & Global Governance. For seven years, he taught on global cities at the Free University of Berlin’s Center for Global Politics. 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. 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. And in 2020, he was appointed as Visiting Scholar at Duke Divinity School.

Dr. Toly is a frequent speaker on cities, urban life, and the environment. He has given lectures at colleges and universities (Christ College Taipei, Columbia University, Corban University, Covenant College, George Fox University, Gordon College, Hope College, Judson University, Ming Chuan University, Redeemer University, Rice University, University of Chicago, and University of Virginia) and for municipal administrations, public officials, and industry groups. 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.)

Dr. Toly served on the Steering Committee of the Thriving Cities Project and currently serves on the advisory board for Together Chicago and among the directors of Exodus World Service, which mobilizes the Christian church in the Chicago area to befriend and serve refugees.

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