Who We Are


The Chicago Center on Democracy uses the power of academic research and discussion to support democracy worldwide.


What We Do

The Chicago Center on Democracy provides a space for both normative and empirical researchers to share, discuss, and refine their work on issues related to democracy. We share this academic work with the broader community of citizens, civil society organizations, and policymakers. We do this through convenings, publications, and public engagement.

We are also the administrative home for Bright Line Watch, an initiative to monitor democratic practices, their resilience, and potential threats. Bright Line Watch is a collaboration of political scientists at University of Chicago, Dartmouth College, University of Michigan, and University of Rochester.

Our People

The Chicago Center on Democracy is newly established. We are working to build out our team; if you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer, partner, guest speaker, faculty affiliate, or in some other capacity, please contact Kevin Kromash at kkromash@uchicago.edu.


Meet the staff of the Chicago Center on Democracy


Meet the faculty affiliated with the center

Graduate Students

Apply to be a Graduate Student Affiliate

2018-19 Annual Report

The Chicago Center on Democracy’s 2018-19 Annual Report summarizes our activities over the past year, describes our history and structure, and provides an overview of some of our ongoing projects.