Latinx Studies Faculty Research

The Chicago Democracy Project at Northwestern Political Science (CDP@NU) is a research and public engagement project led by political scientists Jaime Dominguez and Thomas Ogorzalek and is supported by the political science department and Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. We analyze important issues in Chicago metro-area politics, showcase research on city politics, host speakers, and events to spread political consciousness about local affairs, and partner with local organizations and groups to provide rigorous, non-partisan empirical analysis to make our community a better place to live.

The Chicago Democracy Project originated in 2000 as an effort by Professor Dominguez to create a freely available, online resource for gathering information about and better understanding Chicago politics. The initial project, still online here chicagodemocracy.org, entails a long-term (1975-2000) online political database that measures policy outcomes for the City of Chicago.  The CDP@NU continues to serve this purpose to bridge the digital divide by providing citizens, community groups, and religious organizations with important information and analysis of local politics. It will also serve as a resource for researchers and members of the press who are interested in urban and local affairs.

In the future, we will conduct public opinion studies about important issues in Chicago politics and American politics more broadly, providing insight on our own political community and its distinctive place in U.S. national politics. We will also be using our crack staff of researchers to use political science to help inform local debates, using our database and information they gather from the city. The site will also serve as a forum to spread information about the latest urban research and ongoing events in Chicago and at Northwestern generally.