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Celia Paris is a Senior Leadership Development Coach at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, in addition to teaching Leadership Practicum.

Her passion is helping people develop as leaders, and she has extensive experience in training, teaching, and managing teams. Her work has spanned three different fields—nonprofit management and fundraising, campaign work, and higher education. Before joining the Leadership Development Office at the Booth School of Business, she was the Manager of Programs and Training at the Coro Center for Civic Leadership in Pittsburgh.

Paris was previously an assistant professor at Loyola University Maryland, where she taught a variety of courses including Public Opinion and American Democracy, Media and Politics, and Environmental Politics.  She received a PhD in Political Science from Yale University in 2014.

Paris’ research uses survey experiments, along with media content, focus groups, and political theory, to illuminate how people make sense of the everyday messages they receive about government and politics. Her scholarly work seeks to clarify how the public reacts to a variety of complex political stimuli, including news reports about debates in Congress, civic education programs, loaded political phrases like “welfare” and “assistance to the poor,” and even fictional portrayals of unjust totalitarian governments. She has published articles in The Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, Perspectives on Politics, and Legislative Studies Quarterly.

Academic Areas

  • Strategy and Leadership