Roosevelt University in Chicago, Schaumburg and Online - Logo

Faculty and Staff

Leon Bailey

Associate Professor of Sociology

Leon Bailey holds a B.A. from Northeast Missouri State University, and M.S. and Ph.D. from Purdue University. His doctoral dissertation on the critical theory of the Frankfurt School was awarded the Louis M. Schneider Memorial Prize for Outstanding Dissertation in Sociology in 1988. Formerly the Department Chair of Sociology and Assistant Director of the School of Policy Studies, his primary academic interests are critical social and political theory, social movements and social change. Professor Bailey teaches courses in classical and contemporary social theory, globalization, the sociology of culture, and criminology. His publications include Critical Theory and the Sociology of Knowledge: A Comparative Study in the Theory of Ideology (Peter Lang, 1994, 1996} and "Karl Mannheim e la Scuola di Fancoforte riconsiderati," Studi Perugini, Anno II n.2 luglio-dicembre, 1997. He is currently working on a critique of German and American neo-conservatism.

Albert L. Bennett

Harold Washington Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Education
Director, St. Clair Drake Center for African American Studies
Coordinator, African-American Studies Major (Sociology and Education)

Albert Bennett holds a B.A. from the University of Illinois (Chicago) and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Before coming to Roosevelt, Professor Bennett was the director of the Bureau of School Evaluation in the Department of Research and Evaluation for the Chicago Public Schools and a Senior Staff Associate at the Chicago Community Trust. A former dean of the Evelyn T. Stone University College (1992-1998), Professor Bennett now serves as the director of the St. Clair Drake Center for African and African-American Studies. He is the Project Director of the Roosevelt University/Wentworth Gardens Collaboration (WeRC), an attempt to link public housing with university resources. Specializing in education policy and the politics of educational reform and social trust and its effects on school improvement, his current interest lies in improving the ways that principals and school superintendents are prepared. He also serves on the boards of the Abraham Lincoln Centre, El Valor, The Golden Apple Foundation, and the Parkways Foundation.

Alfred DeFreece

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Alfred DeFreece holds a B.A. from Hunter College - City University of New York, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. Specializing in race, youth cultural production, and urban education, he teaches courses on race and ethnicity, research methods, sociology of education, and urban sociology. His dissertation  applies a discourse analytic approach to the formation of racial ideology among Black high school-aged youth. His research interests include youth development, qualitative methods, development of racial ideology, and the philosophy and practice of place-based education. He serves as a co-founding member of the Boggs Educational Center in Detroit, Michigan.

Heather M. Dalmage

Professor of Sociology
Director, Mansfield Institute for Social Justice 

Heather Dalmage holds a B.A. from Marquette University, an M.A. from DePaul University, and a Ph.D. from City University of New York, Graduate Center. Her dissertation, In Black and White: Examining Racial Borders, received the David Spitz Distinguish Dissertation award. Specializing in race, multiracialism, gender, family, and education, her current research and scholarly interests lie in the areas of race, family, shifting racial discourses, and social justice. Dalmage is the director of the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice. She is the author of Tripping on the Color Line: Black-White Multiracial Families in a Racially Divided World, Rutgers University Press, 2000, and editor of The Politics of Multiracialism: Challenging Racial Thinking, SUNY Press, 2004. She has published articles and presented on a broad range of topics including adoption, whiteness and white privilege, multiracial families, housing discrimination, and cultural capital. She serves on the board of the Chicago Council on Urban Affairs.

Stephanie Farmer

Assistant Professor of Sociology  

Stephanie Farmer holds a B.A. from Kansas State University, a M.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a PhD from Binghamton University, State University of New York. Specializing in urban sociology, political economy and social movements, she teaches courses on neoliberal urban policy, social justice and research methods. Her current research examines the ways in which neoliberalism and global city building policies shape Chicago’s infrastructure systems and public services, with keen focus on financial tools such as tax increment financing and public-private partnerships.  She has published her research in Environment and Planning A, Harvard International Review, Critical Sociology, and Science & Society.  She has two forthcoming book chapters and a journal article on the Chicago Teachers Union.  She is also currently writing a manuscript with Sean Noonan about the rollout of privatization regimes regulating infrastructure, schools and housing in the city of Chicago.

Christine Malcom

Lecturer in Anthropology

Christine Malcom holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Chicago. She anticipates her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Fall 2010. She specializes in the bioarchaeology of the prehistoric Andes, focusing on how kinship and ethnic identity, inferred from biocultural markers and population genetics models, structure economic and political relationships among the Chiribaya people of southern coastal Perú. Other research interests include bioinformatic approaches to the genes underlying normal phenotypic variation in humans and identification of rapidly evolving genes in the primate lineage. She has published articles in various journals, including Cell, Molecular Biology and Evolution and Trends in Genetics. Most recently, she has an article forthcoming in Latin American Antiquity. At Roosevelt, she teaches courses in Cross-Cultural Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology, Globalization, and Immigration. She has also taught a variety of anthropology courses in human evolution, archaeology, and primate behavior.

Michael T. Maly

Associate Professor of Sociology
Department Chair

Michael Maly holds a B.A. from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Loyola University of Chicago. Specializing in urban sociology, policy, and research methods, he teaches courses in urban policy, research methods, the sociology of sport, and race and housing. Author of the book, Beyond Segregation: Multiracial and Multiethnic Neighborhoods in the United States (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2005), his research focuses on neighborhood racial change, race and housing, and residential integration/segregation. He has also written numerous articles on racial integration in U.S. urban areas and the role of community organizations in maintaining integration. He is currently working on a project examining the experiences of whites who grew up in Chicago neighborhoods that experienced racial change between 1955 and 1980.

Pamela M. Robert

Associate Professor of Sociology

Pamela M. Robert was graduated magna cum laude with honors in Sociology from the College of St. Rose and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. with distinction from the University at Albany, State University of New York, where she was a Jacob K. Javits National Graduate Fellow. Her dissertation, Specialists Without Spirit, Interventionists Without Heart: Obstetrics Denounced by Women Reclaiming Birth, received the University President’s Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award. Before coming to Roosevelt, she was an Assistant Research Professor at the University at Albany, SUNY School of Public Health and a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Women and Government, where her research on disability and labor force participation was funded by NIDRR, and where she co-authored a monograph entitled, Disability In Work Organizations: Barriers to Employment Opportunities. She has subsequently authored several articles and given numerous presentations on disability oppression. Professor Robert joined the Roosevelt faculty in 1996 and currently holds a joint appointment in Sociology and in Women and Gender Studies. She teaches a mix of interdisciplinary courses including: Gender, Power, and the Body; Health, Illness, and Medicine in American Society; Death, Dying, and Loss; and Social Gerontology. She brings her commitment to social activism and her belief that students learn best by doing into the classroom through the pedagogy of service-learning, most notably in the university signature course, City and Citizen Empowerment. She is also working on book-length study that explores the politics of infertility, assisted reproductive technologies, and parenthood.