Data on Inequality of Life Expectancy in Chicago

October 4, 2016


Judith Singleton and Euan Hague DePaul faculty from the Departments of Health Sciences and Geography respectively team up with DePaul students Eric Phillips and Sophie Mimica at Chicago City Data Users Group on Wednesday evening, October 5th at the Microsoft Technology Center to showcase their research, creation of maps and their website ( examining life expectancy in Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods along with measures of social determinants of health.

Singleton and Hague focus on life expectancy and social determinants of health to explain how it shapes and influences the health of our nation and our city.


Judith Singleton, Ph.D. is an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Health Sciences at

DePaul University. A cultural and medical anthropologist, Dr. Singleton focuses on inequality and has conducted research and published articles concerning topics such as gender-based violence in South Africa; HIV and AIDS in South Africa and Chicago; and financial debt and stress in Chicago. Her latest article: “Marital Rape and the Law: The Conditions of Black Township Women in South Africa’s Democracy” in the edited volume titled: Marital Rape: Consent, Marriage and Social Change in Global Context was published in June by Oxford University Press. In addition to this project about the inequality of life expectancy in Chicago, Judith is also currently conducting a research project she developed for the Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center (RHLCCC) at Northwestern University. The project uses ethnographic, qualitative and quantitative methods to explore and examine the participation of African American cancer patients in clinical trials. In addition to her research, Dr. Singleton is currently teaching two courses at DePaul. One is focused on incarceration and health and the other on the social, cultural, political, economic and biological aspects of food, health and social justice.


Euan Hague, Ph.D. is Professor of Geography at DePaul University, where he also co-directs the MA in Sustainable Urban Development and GIS Certificate programs. Dr. Hague’s publications has appeared in the journals: Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Cultural Geographies, the Journal of American Studies, and on the Politico website. His research into U.S. White supremacist organizations in the 1990s led him to focus on the League of the South and resulted in a 2008 book titled Neo-Confederacy: A critical introduction published by the University of Texas Press. His forthcoming book Neoliberal Chicago is an essay collection co-edited with DePaul Sociologists Larry Bennett and Roberta Garner. It will be published by University of Illinois Press and released in December 2016.


Sophie Mimica, our Research Assistant is in her senior year at DePaul University. She will

graduate in December with a B.A. in Geography and a Certificate in GIS.


Eric Phillips who worked with us as our original Research Assistant is a recent graduate from DePaul’s Master of Arts Program in Urban Sustainable Development. He also graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning. While a student at Michigan State, Eric conducted research on the urban, spatial and social impact on the city of Rio de Janeiro during the games of the 2016 Summer Olympics specifically on the rapid transit bus system. He is currently employed as a site acquisition specialist at NTP Wireless, which on its website describes itself as “a site acquisition, engineering and construction firm” that serves the telecommunications industry.

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