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Access Chicago

Meet Our Staff





Davis Schneiderman

Associate Dean of the Faculty for Strategy and Innovation

 As Associate Dean of the Faculty for Strategy and Innovation, Davis assists with Lake Forest College’s Chicago-related experiences. He has taught extensively on Chicago and the region, with a recent focus on World’s Fairs and leisure, greenspaces, city planning, and literature. He was the Director of the National Endowment for the Humanities-sponsored Virtual Burnham Initiative, a collaborative virtual modeling of the 1909 Plan of Chicago. As Director of Lake Forest College Press, Davis coordinates Chicago-based catalog titles such as Beyond Burnham: An Illustrated History of City Planning for the Chicago Region (Schwieterman and Mammoser) and the forthcoming Terminal Town (Schwieterman).

Davis’ favorite things in Chicago, today anyway, include browsing zines at Quimby’s, riding bicycles or Segways along the lakeshore, or searching out a double espresso, even in the summer heat.

J. Larsen






Jennie Larsen
Director, Center for Chicago Programs

 As Director, Jennie coordinates and supervises all Chicago-based College programs and events. She directs the Lake Forest College In The Loop program, at our Chicago residential campus. She facilitates all course trips to Chicago, as well as speakers brought to campus. She manages the Center’s 360 Chicago program, and is happy to answer any and all questions related to the College and Chicago, including, but not limited to, how to get around using the city’s public transportation system, as well as where to find the best Chicago-style deep dish pizza. 

Jennie’s favorite thing to do in Chicago is to visit Floriole, a Lincoln Park cafe specializing in French pastries, where she can catch up with friends, get lost in a book, or sketch jewelry designs.

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Emily Mace
Chicago Digital Humanities Coordinator

 As Chicago Digital Humanities Coordinator, Emily Mace oversees all aspects of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for Digital Chicago: Unearthing History and Culture. She worked for the past two years in circulation at Donnelley and Lee Library. Since 2011, she has been the director of the Harvard Square Library, a digital library and website devoted to biographies, texts, and visual media about religious liberalism in the United States.  

Emily has a B.A. from Amherst College and a Ph.D. in American religious history from Princeton University. She has written extensively about religious liberalism in America, and focused much of her research on an interesting character from Chicago’s religious history, Rev. Jenkin Lloyd Jones, a reformer and pacifist who helped to organize the Parliament of the World’s Religions at the 1893 Columbian Exposition.  

Emily enjoys taking the Metra downtown to explore Chicago’s vibrant history and culture. She regrets that Crosby’s Opera House burned down in the Great Chicago Fire, because she’d love to take a tour.

Kathy Barnett






Kathy Barnett
Administrative Assistant

Originally from Indiana, Kathy has lived and worked both in Chicago and the Northern Suburbs. With a degree in Social Work from Indiana University, she has also worked in special events and fundraising in a university setting and most recently did research in stained and decorative glass for a private museum in Evanston.

A great fan of public transit, Kathy enjoys the majesty of Lake Michigan, the great architectural variety of the Chicago area, and food adventures with friends and family.