Kreisman Initiative on Housing Law and Policy

The Kreisman Initiative brings together the fields of urban science and law to advance housing scholarship and generate new ideas about cities and housing.

The Kreisman Initiative on Housing Law and Policy began at the Law School in the fall of 2013. An expansion in 2018 established a partnership between the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation and the Law School to include new programs aimed at advancing housing scholarship, building a community of scholars who will grow the program’s scope and impact, and creating research opportunities for graduate students, faculty, and practitioners. The Initiative’s mission is to bring Chicago ideas to bear on policy debates, policy making, and legal and business decision making through scholarly research, external engagement, and educational programming. The Initiative includes three fellowship programs that will accommodate as many as six research positions each year.

The Initiative is made possible by substantial support from David Kreisman AB ‘60, JD ‘63, and his wife, Susan.

Kreisman Initiative Programs include:

  • A Kreisman Law Research Fellow, a legal academic who will conduct a research project on law, housing, and urban society. The fellow, who is appointed by the Law School dean in consultation with the director of the Mansueto Institute, participates in the intellectual life of the Mansueto Institute, furthering its connection to the Law School.
  • A Kreisman Career Research Fellow, who is a leading researcher or practitioner in housing at the Mansueto Institute. Kreisman Career Fellows engage in research, present and organize workshops, advise and mentor students, and give lectures. Fellows will be recruited from around the world, helping to create a network of housing experts with whom students can interact.
  • The Kreisman Graduate Fellows Program, which creates a cohort of University of Chicago graduate students from across fields of study who are committed to pursuing careers in housing research or practice. It expands the existing Law School Kreisman Fellows program to offer workshops, lectures, internships, and professional development opportunities to all fellows.
  • The Graduate Fellows program runs for one academic year working in collaboration with UChicago GRAD and the Office of Civic Engagement. During the academic year, Kreisman Graduate Fellows take part in a range of professional development activities, including intimate lunch-and-learn meetings, site visits, and a two-day trek to a major metropolitan area to meet with housing experts. Fellows also receive an internship stipend, as well as hands-on assistance with internship placement.

Meet the 2020 Kreisman Graduate Fellows, and learn how they’re coming together to learn the complexities of housing research and practice as well as new innovative solutions.

Affiliated Faculty

Kathleen Cagney
Associate Professor, Sociology and Health Studies
Department of Sociology

Robert J. Chaskin
Associate Professor
School of Social Service Administration

Lee Fennell
Max Pam Professor of Law

Peter Ganong
Assistant Professor
Harris School of Public Policy

Chang-Tai Hsieh
Phyllis and Irwin Winkelried Professor of Economics
Chicago Booth

Greg Kaplan
Professor, Department of Economics

Jeff Leslie
Director of Clinical and Experiential Learning, Clinical Professor of Law, and Paul J. Tierney Director of the Housing Initiative Clinic

Jens Ludwig
McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law, and Public Policy

Neale Mahoney
Assistant Professor of Economics and Neubauer Family Faculty Fellow
Chicago Booth

Pascal Noel
Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Finance and Charles E. Merrill Scholar
Chicago Booth

Devin G. Pope
Associate Professor of Behavioral Science
Chicago Booth

Lior Strahilevitz
Sidley Austin Professor of Law

Amir Sufi
Bruce Lindsay Professor of Economics and Public Policy
Chicago Booth

Mark N. Templeton
Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Abrams Environmental Law Clinic

Eric Zwick
Assistant Professor of Finance
Chicago Booth

See additional Kreisman Initiative activities through the Law School.