Program Administrators

James Farr | Director

James Farr
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  • Short Bio: James Farr joined the political science department in 2007 and served as Chair from 2008 to 2013. He is currently the Director of the Chicago Field Studies Program, an internship-and-seminar experience for undergraduates investigating the modern workplace and civic engagement.
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Karen Allen | Associate Director

Karen Allen
  • Phone: 847-467-0549
  • Office Location: 1813 Hinman Ave, Room 203
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  • Short Bio: Karen manages the CFS program. She advises students to help them land meaningful internships, where they build skills, gain experience and expand their connections. Karen engages community stakeholders/employers to help them productively utilize and educate student interns.
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Liz McCabe | Lecturer & Adviser

Liz McCabe
  • Short Bio: As a full-time faculty member in CFS, Liz teaches courses, advises students, coordinates instructor collaboration, promotes curriculum development, and builds program relationships across the university. She teaches Field Studies in the Modern Workplace and Field Studies in Humanities, focusing on interdisciplinary approaches to questions about work, education, and cultural institutions. 

Ziva Benarieh | Assistant Director

Ziva Benarieh
  • Phone: 847-467-6256
  • Office Location: 1813 Hinman room 203
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  • Short Bio: Ziva has been part of CFS since 2013 when she transitioned to a career in higher education after practicing corporate and securities law and teaching undergraduate business school courses.
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Leigh Michelle Plunkett | Program Assistant 3

Leigh Michelle Plunkett
  • Phone: 847-467-0605
  • Office Location: 1813 Hinman Ave Room 203
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  • Short Bio: Leigh joined CFS as a permanent staff member after just 4 weeks of temping for the program. Born, raised and educated in Chicago, Leigh graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in Creative Writing.
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