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Joe T. Darden

Title: Ph.D., Geography, University of Pittsburgh
Department: Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences
Phone: 517-432-1843
Email: jtdarden(at)

Joe T. Darden is Professor of Geography at Michigan State University and former Dean of Urban Affairs Programs from 1984 to 1997. He received the Distinguished Faculty Award in 1984. He is a former Fulbright Scholar, Department of Geography, University of Toronto, 1997 to 1998. Dr. Darden's research interests are urban social geography, residential segregation, and socioeconomic neighborhood inequality in multi-racial societies. He has written numerous books on race and social issues. Dr. Darden's research has focused on racial and class residential segregation and neighborhood inequality in metropolitan areas, with an extensive focus on Detroit. He has conducted research specifically on social and economic consequences of residing in racially segregated neighborhoods of concentrated poverty and the effects. Dr. Darden will provide interpretative analyses and understanding of the relationship between race, class and neighborhood inequality and the effects of the different environmental conditions on the population groups.