Noah Toly, Ph.D.

Urban Studies

Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Politics & International Relations, Director of Urban Studies Program
On Faculty since 2006

Phone: (630)752-5730
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Education

Ph.D. University of Delaware, Urban Affairs and Public Policy, 2006

M.A. Wheaton College, Theology, 2012

M.A. University of Delaware, Urban Affairs and Public Policy, 2005 

B.A. Wheaton College, Interdisciplinary Studies and Spanish, 1999

About Noah Toly

Dr. Toly is the author of numerous publications on environmental policy, urbanism, and religion, ethics, & environmental politics. His research has focused on the intersection of urban and global environmental politics, investigating municipal climate policy and the roles of cities and transnational municipal networks in global climate governance. He edits the Routledge series, Cities and Global Governance, and has given invited talks at several institutions, including Columbia University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois – Springfield, and University of Virginia.

For the 2012-2013 academic year, Dr. Toly was appointed as Senior Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion where he completed research for a book on ethics and global environmental governance. The book draws upon ethical, social theoretical, and literary reflections on ‘the tragic’ to illuminate approaches to scarcity and risk that often characterize environmental challenges.

In 2011, Dr. Toly was named an Emerging Leader by the Chicago Council for Global Affairs. Together with others in this fellowship program, he drafted an agenda-setting report on urban governance of food security challenges.  For 2013, Dr. Toly has been named to the Investment Council, a panel of evaluators working with a venture philanthropy firm in Chicago to assess and improve non-profit effectiveness.

Dr. Toly has also been named to the Steering Committee of the Thriving Cities Project, a multi-year, multi-site study based at the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.

Dr. Toly directs the Urban Studies and Wheaton in Chicago programs.

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Courses Taught

  • Advanced Urban Studies Seminar
  • Chicago
  • Comparative Urban Governance: Cities of South America
  • Environmental Politics
  • Faith & Globalization (co-taught)
  • Global Cities
  • Global Warming Governance: Problem, Politics, & Policy
  • Justice in the City
  • Land Resources (co-taught)
  • Megacities
  • Political Economy of Environment (co-taught)
  • Resources, Development, and Environment (co-taught)
  • Technology, Environment, & Society (co-taught)
  • Technology, Politics, and Ethics in the Writings of Jacques Ellul and Interlocutors (co-taught)
  • Urban Politics
  • Urban Theory & Experience   

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Urban Affairs Association
  • American Political Science Association
  • International Studies Association
  • Society for Christian Ethics
  • American Academy of Religion

Research

Dr. Toly is currently working on a book manuscript on ethics and global environmental governance. 

Selected Publications

Refereed Articles

Toly, Noah J. (2013). "‘Risk and Responsibility in Global Environmental Governance." Christian Scholars Review.

Toly, Noah J. (2012). “The Meaning of the Global City: Jacques Ellul's Continued Relevance to 21st Century Urbanism.” Bulletin of Science, Technology, and Society.

Toly, Noah J., Sofie Bouteligier, Ben Gibson, and Graham Smith (2012). “American Cities, Global Networks: Mapping Multiple Geographies of Globalization in the Americas.” URBE: Revista Brasileira de Gestao Urbana 4(1): 73-86.

Toly, Noah J., Sofie Bouteligier, Ben Gibson, and Graham Smith (2012). "New Maps, New Questions: Global Cities Beyond the Advanced Producer and Financial Services Sector." Globalizations 9(2): 289-306.

Toly, Noah J. (2008). “Transnational Municipal Networks and Climate Change: From Global Governance to Global Politics.” Globalizations 5(3): 341-356.

Byrne, John, Kristen Hughes, Noah J. Toly, and Young-Doo Wang. (2006). “Can Cities Sustain Life in the Greenhouse?” Bulletin of Science, Technology, and Society 26(2): 84-95.

Toly, Noah J. (2005). “Climate Change and Climate Change Policy as Human Sacrifice: Artifice, Idolatry, and Environment in a Technological Society.” Christian Scholar’s Review XXXV(1): 63-78.

Toly, Noah J. (2005). “A Tale of Two Regimes: Instrumentality and Commons Access.” Bulletin of Science, Technology, and Society 25(1): 26-36.

Toly, Noah J. (2004). “Globalization and the Capitalization of Nature: A Political Ecology of Biodiversity in Mesoamerica.” Bulletin of Science, Technology, and Society 24(1): 47-54.

Selected Books

Greenman, Jeff, Read Schuchardt, and Noah Toly. (2013). Understanding Jacques Ellul. Eugene, OR: Cascade.

Amen, Mark, Noah J. Toly, Patricia McCarney, and Klaus Segbers, (Eds.). (2011). Cities and International Relations: New Sites and Actors in Global Politics.  London: Ashgate.

Toly, Noah J. and Daniel I. Block (Eds.). (2010). Keeping God’s Earth: The Global Environment in Biblical Perspective. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic.

Byrne, John, Noah J. Toly, and Leigh Glover (Eds.). (2006). Transforming Power: Energy, Environment, and Society in Conflict.  In the Energy and Environmental Policy Series.  New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.

Book Chapters

Toly, Noah J. (2012). “Cambio climático: Problema global, soluciones globales” in Cristianos, desarrollo sostenible, y cambio climático. Eugene, OR and Mexico City: Wipf & Stock and Kairos.

Toly, Noah J. (2011). "Cities, the Environment, and Global Governance: A Political Ecological Perspective” in Cities and International Relations: New Sites and Actors in Global Politics.  London: Ashgate.

Amen, Mark, Noah J. Toly, Patricia McCarney, and Klaus Segbers (2011). "Introduction" in Cities and International Relations: New Sites and Actors in Global Politics.  London: Ashgate.

Amen, Mark, Noah J. Toly, Patricia McCarney, and Klaus Segbers (2011). "Sighting or Slighting Cities in Global Politics" in Cities and International Relations: New Sites and Actors in Global Politics.  London: Ashgate.

McCarney, Patricia, Klaus Segbers, Mark Amen, and Noah Toly (2011). "Concluding Remarks" in Cities and International Relations: New Sites and Actors in Global Politics.  London: Ashgate.

Toly, Noah J. (2011). “Evangelicals and the Environment: From Political Realism to a Politics of Freedom” in Is the Good Book Good Enough? Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Toly, Noah J. (2010). “Cities and the Global Environment” in Keeping God’s Earth: Creation Care and the Global Environment in Biblical Perspective. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic.

Toly, Noah J. and Daniel I. Block. (2010). “Toward an Evangelical Response to Environmental Challenges” in Keeping God’s Earth: Creation Care and the Global Environment in Biblical Perspective. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic.

Toly, Noah J. (2009). “Changing the Climate of Religious Internationalism: Evangelical Responses to Global Warming and Human Suffering” in the Handbook of Religion and Politics (403-418).  New York: Routledge.

Toly, Noah J. (2008). “Climate Change: Global Problem, Global Solutions” in Christians, the Care of Creation, and Climate Change (49-68). Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock.

Byrne, John and Noah J. Toly. (2006).  “Energy as a Social Project: Recovering a Discourse” in Transforming Power: Energy as a Social Project.  In the Energy and Environmental Policy Series.  New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.

Byrne, John, Noah J. Toly, and Young-Doo Wang. (2006). “Introduction: Modern Energy and Modern Society” in Transforming Power: Energy as a Social Project.  In the Energy and Environmental Policy Series.  New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.

Knudsen, Marie Trydeman, Niels Halberg, Jorgen E. Olesen, John Byrne, Venkatesh Iyer, and Noah J. Toly. (2006). “Global Trends in Agriculture and Food Systems” in Global Development of Organic Agriculture: Challenges and Prospects.  Oxfordshire, UK: CABI.

Byrne, John, Leigh Glover, Vernese Inniss, Jyoti Kulkarni, Yu-Mi Mun, Noah J. Toly, and Young-Doo Wang. (2004). “Beyond Kyoto: Reclaiming the Atmospheric Commons” in Climate Change: Five Years After Kyoto (429 – 452).  Enfield, NH: Science Publishers.

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