Our Team

The Chicago Democracy Project 2.0 at Northwestern University Political Science is made up of faculty and students with a passion for big-city politics, urban affairs, and all that goes into it.

Northwestern Faculty

Jaime Dominguez is the founder and Co-Director CDP and Assistant Professor of Instruction in Political Science.  The originator of the CDP, co-director of the remix, he is also affiliated with the American Politics Workshop and the Latino/a Studies Program at NU. He also directs the WCAS Posner Undergraduate Research Program.

Quinn Mulroy is Assistant Professor in Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy (SESP). She is an expert on social policy implementation and the politics of regulation. A Chicago native, she is also interested in the politics of Chicago education.

Thomas Ogorzalek is Co-Director of the CDP, Assistant Professor in Political Science and Urban Studies at Northwestern, where he is also Faculty Associate in the Institute for Policy Research and Fellow at the Center for Civic Engagement. He is an avid student of all things related to the well-being of big cities and their residents, and his research focuses on urban politics, the politics of race and ethnicity, and the history of American politics. This year, he is a fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University.

Current Team Members

Cory Colbert is webmaster and a research assistant at the CDP and a senior studying Political Science and Computer Science. He is originally from Chicagoland.

Olivia Kuncio is a Political Science and Communications Studies major with a certificate in Integrated Marketing. She is originally from Saint Paul, Minnesota and has fallen in love with Chicago and all its political and historical complexity.

Matt Nelsen is PhD student in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University. His research interests include race/ethnicity and politics, political behavior, youth political engagement, civic education, political socialization, and urban politics.

Isabel Olivos

Kumar Ramanathan is a PhD student in Political Science at Northwestern University. His research explores how law and public policy shape racial and gender inequalities, focusing mainly on immigration policy, social policy, and criminal justice policy in the United States. He is interested in finding new ways to connect academic scholarship to public debates about law and policy. Kumar is from Hong Kong by way of Boston.

Ethan Roubenoff is a Weinberg College student majoring in Sociology.  He is interested in quantitative social science, transportation, public policy, and geography and is currently writing a Sociology honors thesis on public transit in Chicago.  Ethan is from Boston, Massachusetts and hopes to attend a PhD program in Sociology.

Camren Ward

Ben Weinberg is a Political Science major at Northwestern University. In addition to politics, Ben is working toward a minor in Film & Media Studies and a certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications from the Medill School of Journalism. Ben is from Dallas, Texas.

Past Team Members

Alonzo Diaz (Class of 2017) was a 2015-16 Farrell Fellow and research assistant at the CDP and a senior studying Economics and Political Science. Born and raised in Chicago, he is always seeking to learn more about the nuances of local politics.

Greg Leung (Class of 2016) was a research assistant at the CDP and vital in developing the database and managing servers.

Ben Schaefer (Class of 2017) was a political science and Medill