Loyola University Chicago

Department of Sociology

Alumni News

Building the City of Spectacle
Costas Spirou (LUC Sociology PhD-1997), along with Dennis R. Judd, published a book about former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley focusing on his role in trans-forming Chicago’s economy and urban culture.

“The construction of the "city of spectacle" required that Daley deploy leadership and vision to remake Chicago’s image and physical infrastructure. He gained the resources and political power necessary for supporting an aggressive program of construction that focused on signature projects along the city’s lakefront, including especially Millennium Park, Navy Pier, the Museum Campus, Northerly Island, Soldier Field, and two major expansions of McCormick Place, the city’s convention center. During this period Daley also presided over major residential construction in the Loop and in the surrounding neighborhoods, devoted millions of dollars to beautification efforts across the city, and increased the number of summer festivals and events across Grant Park. As a result of all these initiatives, the number of tourists visiting Chicago skyrocketed during the Daley years.”

“Spirou and Judd conclude, because Daley helped transform Chicago into a leading global city with an exceptional urban culture, he also left a positive imprint on the city that will endure for decades to come.”
 Mike Maly (PhD 1998),with co-author Heather Dalmage recently published a book titled Vanishing Eden: White Construction of Memory, Meaning, and Identity in a Racially Changing City. The book analyzes the experience and memories of whites who lived in Chicago neighborhoods experiencing racial change in the 1950’s through the 1980’s. They looked at how young people made sense of what was occurring and how the experience impacted their lives.
Mike is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Policy Research Collaborative at Roosevelt University Chicago.
Christopher Helt ( 1990) is an attorney concentrating on federal immigration litigation involving political asylum, refugee law and deportation/ removal proceeding matters before the U.S. immigration court (the Executive Office for Immigration Review) and federal court federal immigration litigation involving political asylum, refugee law and deportation/removal proceeding matters before the U.S. immigration court (the Executive Office for Immigration Review) and federal court. Recently, he represented Dina Matute,a nine year old girl from Honduras, who traveled nearly 2000 miles as an unaccompanied minor and was granted refugee status by the US government. Dina is one of over 68,000 unaccompanied minor children who entered the US last year, many of them fleeing gang violence and poverty in Honduras and other central American countries.
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Matthew Logelin (Socl MA 2002) is an author, blogger, public speaker, and founder of the Liz Logelin Foundation. In March 2008, he lost his wife, Elizabeth, to a pulmonary embolism 27 hours after she gave birth to their first child, Madeline. He went on to chronicle his family’s story on his blog and in his first book, Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love, which spent seven weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List.
Meghan Burke (PhD—2009) is an Assistant Professor at Illinois Wesleyan University. Meghan recently published a book called Race, Gender, and Class in the Tea Party: What the Movement Reflects about Mainstream Ideologies.

Meghan was recently was named one of the "40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire" by nerdscholar.


Micah Uetricht (2009), wrote a book about the 2012 Chicago Teachers’ Strike, Strike for America: Chicago Teachers Against Austerity. Micah is also web editor for In These Times as well as contributing editor for Jacobin Magazine.


Farha Ternikar (PhD—2005) has written a book entitled Brunch: A History. In the book Farha looks as brunch as a cultural experience as well as a meal. Dr. Ternikar is an Associate Professor of Sociology at LeMoyne Univeristy in upstate New York.