New Fellows from American Council on Learned Societies Join Chicago Council

August 1, 2018

August 1, 2018 – The Chicago Council on Global Affairs announced today that Katelyn Jones, Ph.D, and Samuel Kling, Ph.D, will join the Council as part of a continued partnership with the American Council on Learned Societies. Dr. Jones will serve as a Global Food and Agriculture Fellow starting August 1, while Dr. Kling will serve as a Global Cities Fellow starting September 4.

The American Council on Learned Societies offers recent doctoral graduates in the humanities the opportunity to gain career-building experience with nonprofit and government entities. Jones and Kling are two of 24 Public Fellows from ACLS who will take up two-year assignments at diverse organizations in those sectors.

“We are thrilled to welcome Katelyn Jones and Samuel Kling to the Council to continue building on our global cities and global food and agriculture research,” said Ambassador Ivo H. Daalder, president of the Council. “Their combined expertise will help elevate the Council’s leadership on growing challenges and emerging solutions in both areas.”

Dr. Jones will support the ongoing work of the Council focused on the importance of empowering women and girls in both the Women and Global Development program series and the Global Food and Agriculture program. Dr Jones will also bring expertise and partnerships in her unique areas of expertise that allow the Council to explore new domains of work in gender equity.

Her research focused on the United Nations Security Council’s Women, Peace, and Security agenda. Since July 2017, she has been a visiting assistant professor of political science at Barnard College in New York. She has also worked at the Center for Religious Freedom in DC and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in St. Louis. She obtained a Ph.D in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and earned a BA in Government from Georgetown University.

Dr. Kling will join the Council’s team of experts researching Global Cities and their role as actors in driving the world’s political, social and economic trends and in developing solutions to pressing global challenges. He will also help bring together stakeholders and partners at the Council’s annual Chicago Forum on Global Cities, held in partnership with the Financial Times.

An urban historian, Kling’s research focused on uncovering Chicago’s role in inventing regional approaches to planning and policy in the early twentieth century. Since January 2018, he has been a visiting lecturer of US history at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He has also worked at the Booklist as an urban studies book reviewer, at Northwestern's start-up incubator The Garage, and at the Chabraja Center for Historical Studies. He obtained a Ph.D in history from Northwestern University, and earned a BA in history from Kenyon College.