Joe T. Darden

Dr. Joe T. Darden
  • Professor of Geography

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  • Telephone: 517-432-1843
  • Geography Building
    673 Auditorium Rd, Room 226
    East Lansing, MI 48824


Joe T. Darden received his Ph.D. in 1972 from the University of Pittsburgh. He is Professor of Geography and former Dean of Urban Affairs Programs from 1984 – 1997. He received the Distinguished Faculty Award in 1984. He is a former Fulbright Scholar, Department of Geography, University of Toronto, 1997 to 1998.

Research Interests:

Dr. Darden’s research interests are urban social geography, residential segregation, immigration and socioeconomic neighborhood inequality in multi-racial societies. He is the author or co-author of 8 books. His most recent book is co-authored with John Frazier and Noah Henry entitled The African Diaspora in the United States and Canada at the Dawn of the 21st Century, Binghamton: Global Academic Publishing, 2009. His most recent book was co-authored with historian Richard Thomas is entitled Detroit: Race Riots, Racial Conflicts and Efforts to Bridge the Racial Divide and published by Michigan State University Press in 2013. Dr. Darden’s next book will be entitled Detroit after Bankruptcy: Are There Trends Towards an Inclusive City and will be released in 2022 by Policy Press. The geocoded crime data, within the upcoming book, has been provided by Texas A&M University GeoServices