Maly, Michael T. 1968–

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Maly, Michael T. 1968–


Born 1968. Education: St. Mary's University of Minnesota, B.A.; Loyola University of Chicago, M.A. and Ph.D.


Office—Department of Sociology, Roosevelt University, Auditorium Bldg., Rm. 870, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605. E-mail—[email protected].


Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL, associate professor of sociology and chair of department.


Beyond Segregation: Multiracial and Multiethnic Neighborhoods in the United States, Temple University Press (Philadelphia, PA), 2005.


Michael T. Maly is an associate professor of sociology at Roosevelt University in Chicago whose research focuses on neighborhood racial change, race and housing, and residential integration/segregation.

Maly's Beyond Segregation: Multiracial and Multiethnic Neighborhoods in the United States, published in 2005, focuses on American neighborhoods which have become stably integrated. While the common pattern is for a neighborhood to experience change as one ethnic or racial group moves away and another moves in, Maly examines those neighborhoods which have integrated a number of groups successfully. He looks particularly at community efforts that helped to stabilize the neighborhood, appease fears, and address common problems. These include encouraging local businesses, developing youth activities, and maintaining the image and appearance of the neighborhood. "At a time when cities appear to be fragmenting mosaics of ethnic enclaves," explained a statement posted on the Temple University Press Web site, "it is reassuring to know there are still stable multicultural neighborhoods. Beyond Segregation offers a tour of some of America's best known multiethnic neighborhoods: Uptown in Chicago, Jackson Heights (Queens), and San Antonio-Fruitvale in Oakland." John Iceland, writing in Social Forces, found that "this study provides a nice and timely contribution to the sociological literature on segregation and neighborhood transition." "Maly articulates a number of important insights into neighborhood functioning, stable unplanned integration, and the roles of grassroots movements that should interest a wide variety of scholars," according to Christopher R. Larrison in the Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare. "Beyond the book's value as a piece of research, it is a joy to read and it is highly recommended."

"I chose to study neighborhoods," Maly writes in his preface to the book, "because they are the essential place to understand the local processes involved in the maintenance (or demise) of stable racial integration. While numerous studies on residential settlement focus on the impact of economic and demographic conditions and changes on how urban neighborhoods are found, maintained, and reformulated along racial lines, they do not provide adequate information on microlevel actions that promote or discourage racial separateness."



American Journal of Sociology, September, 2006, Alford A. Young, Jr., review of Beyond Segregation: Multiracial and Multiethnic Neighborhoods in the United States, pp. 655-657.

Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, December, 2006, Christopher R. Larrison, review of Beyond Segregation, p. 195.

Planning, August-September, 2005, Harold Henderson, review of Beyond Segregation, p. 57.

Social Forces, March, 2007, John Iceland, review of Beyond Segregation, p. 1444.


Roosevelt University Web site, (May 14, 2008).

Temple University Press Web site, (June 14, 2008).