School of Social Service Administration
Nicole Marwell’s research seeks to understand urban governance: the dynamic systems of relations that produce social, economic, and political life in cities. She focuses her inquiry on the organizational level of city life: the businesses, government agencies, interest groups, nonprofit social service providers, community organizations, political parties, and other kinds of organizations that compete and collaborate with each other in the urban environment.
Marwell has published articles in American Sociological Review, Social Service Review, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, City and Community, and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. Her article “Privatizing the Welfare State: Community Organizations as Political Actors” won the Best Article Award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Community and Urban Sociology. Her book, Bargaining for Brooklyn: Community Organizations in the Entrepreneurial City, received an honorable mention for Best Scholarly Book from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Community and Urban Sociology.
Marwell received her BA in religion from Columbia University and an MA and PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, she was a faculty member at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.