David Mihalyfy


Has Jesse Sharkey's Fringe Socialism Shaped CTU Political Spending and Chicago's Politics?

Layers on Layers, 2022

Raise the Minimum Wage to Reduce Chicago's Pandemic Uncertainty

The Daily Line, 2021

The Daleys of Chicago Need Accountability in Ongoing Loan Scandal

Counterpunch, 2021

Foreign Election Interference Demands Union Vigilance on Divisive Rhetoric

The Daily Line, 2020

What Are Future Prospects of Chicago’s DSA Politicians? Police Reform Offers a Clue

The Daily Line, 2020


The Need for Development of Consistent Standard Procedure in Addressing Student Academic Misconduct Across Institutions in the United States

Collaboration with Morteza Mahmoudi and primary author Niloufar Zia
Available as preprint, 2023

Accreditors Must Ensure the Integrity of the Complaint Process

Collaboration with Morteza Mahmoudi
Available as preprint, 2023

When is Criticism Bullying?

Inside Higher Ed, 2021

How to Bypass Bullies and Get to Graduation

Inside Higher Ed, 2020 

Higher Education's Scrutiny Gap: Is Corruption Getting a Free Pass?  Counterpunch, 2015 

Reform Higher Ed? Treat Badmin like Bankers 

Counterpunch, 2015  

Higher Education's Aristocrats  Jacobin, 2014 

Higher Ed's For-Profit Future 

Jacobin, 2014


Regilding the Ivory Tower  

Inside Higher Ed, 2013



Michelle Chen

Budget Cuts, Layoffs, and a $1.5 Billion Campus Remodeling—What’s Wrong With This Picture? 

The Nation, 2015


Steven R. Strahler

The Bill for U of C's Expansion is Coming Due 

Crain's Chicago Business, 2015


George Leef

If the University of Chicago were a Business... 

National Review, 2014


Claire Potter

Today's Quiz: What is the Difference Between a Non-Profit and a For-Profit? 

The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2014


In recent years, a unique achievement of David Mihalyfy was in 2018 when he uncovered a major financial scandal involving Chicago’s Daley political dynasty.

Combing through paperwork, he identified signs of financial irregularities in a loan that the Daleys had gotten from a local bank in 2017 just prior to its failure, and he used his position as a long-shot aldermanic candidate to create press coverage of these irregularities.

Before this, the Daleys had deflected meaningful scrutiny, and their loan was not known to be out of the ordinary.

Subsequently, the Chicago Sun-Times unearthed more details and eventually reported in April 2019 that the Daleys’ loan lacked collateral.

The Daley loan scandal is now frequently mentioned in press coverage about the failed bank and related legal proceedings like the felony conviction of a Chicago alderman, most recently as of May 2024.