About Us

The Division of the Social Sciences’ Local Business Center (LBC) provides financial and business support to departments and faculty members in the following key areas: budgeting and account administration, grant administration, procurement, and payroll support.

The Business Manager and/or Grant Specialist is the main point of contact for matters involving the use of operating and/or research funds. Each faculty member, researcher, and organization served by the LBC is assigned a primary Business Manager for Unrestricted Accounts and Grant Specialists for awarded external funding. Their contact information can be found on the Staff List. Most paperwork and questions should be directed to the assigned contact whenever possible since they are most familiar with the accounts in question. If that contact is not available, you can direct your inquiry to the director, Michael Kerstiens – mjkersti@uchicago.edu.