Christopher Berry

William J. and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor; Director, Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation


Christopher R. Berry is the William J. and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy and the College and director the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, at the University of Chicago. He was the inaugural director of the Center for Municipal Finance and is a current faculty affiliate.

Professor Berry's research interests include American politics, metropolitan governance, municipal finance, and intergovernmental fiscal relations. He is the author of Imperfect Union: Representation and Taxation in Multilevel Governments, winner of the Best Book Award in Urban Politics from the American Political Science Association, Theory and Credibility (with Scott Ashworth and Ethan Bueno de Mesquita), and many other scholarly publications.

Professor Berry's research has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington PostBloomberg BusinessWeek, the Chicago Tribune, Crain's Chicago BusinessLast Week Tonight with John Oliver, and many other outlets.

Professor Berry is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

For access to Professor Berry's writings, please visit his research website. To learn more about his research on property tax fairness, visit