Robert J. Chaskin is an Associate Professor and the Deputy Dean for Strategic Initiatives at the School of Social Service Administration. His research interests include community organizing and development, community social organization, comprehensive community initiatives, youth development, associations and nonprofits, philanthropy and social change, knowledge utilization and evaluation, and cross-national research. In addition to his role at SSA, he has worked with Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago since 1990 where he is currently an Affiliated Scholar. At SSA, he teaches courses on social policy, community development, and program implementation and on theories and strategies of community change. His work focuses on the conceptual foundations and principal strategies of contemporary community intervention in the context of urban poverty. Professor Chaskin received his A.M. in Anthropology and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago.