Dr. Joe T. Darden

Joe T. Darden
  • Professor Emeritus
  • Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences
  • Geography Building
  • 673 Auditorium Road, Room 226
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • 517-432-1843


Residential segregation, social inequalities, and immigration, particularly in the US and Michigan.


Joe T. Darden received his Ph.D. in 1972 from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a 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.


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 https://geoservices.tamu.edu/