Brendan Mullan

Brendan  Mullan
  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Sociology
  • PhD University of Pennsylvania 1986
  • MA University of Pennsylvania 1983
  • BA The Queen’s University of Belfast, N. Ireland 1979
  • 405 Berkey Hall
  • 509 E. Circle Drive
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • 517-353-8127


Brendan Mullan


Dr. Brendan Mullan received a Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Award and plans to spend his Spring 2022 four-month Fulbright Fellowship at the University of the Aegean in Greece to develop and expand his research agenda on the demography of inequality in Greece, to build collaborative relationships with faculty, to enhance geo-demographic knowledge and expertise, and to build productive, sustainable broader community relationships across the Aegean.

The author-editor of 3 books and 100+ scholarly and policy publications, presentations, and reports on demography, development, migration, and inequality, elected President of the North Central Sociological Association (NCSA), Mullan gave his presidential address (“The Sociology of Inequality and the Rise of Neo-Inequality”) to the combined meetings of NCSA and the Midwest Sociological Society in 2016.  Brendan was elected founding secretary/treasurer of the Sociology of Development section of the American Sociological Association and currently serves on the editorial board of Sociological Focus. In 2017 he received The Aida Tomeh Award for Distinguished Service from the North Central Sociological Association. He has published in Demography, The American Journal of Sociology, International Migration Review, International Migration, and The International Journal of Sociology.

Brendan served as Executive Director of the MSU Dubai Campus in the United Arab Emirates (2008-2010), as Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, and as Acting Director of the Center for Integrative Studies both in the College of Social Science.

Brendan co-leads the MSU “Contemporary Culture, Politics, and Society in Greece” education abroad summer program. He teaches SOC214 (Social Inequality), SOC281/2 (Research Methods), SOC310 (Global Migration), ISS315 (Global Diversity and Interdependence), SOC852 (Migration and Social Change), and PSY292 the College of Social Science Scholars introductory research seminar.


His current research focuses on the sociological and demographic dynamics of globalization, the causes, content, and consequences of international migration, and the interplay between globalization and migration with a particular focus on inequality.


  • The Center for European, Eurasian, and Russian Studies


“Emigration and The Sending State,” Cristián Doña-Reveco and Brendan Mullan in The International Handbook of International Migration,Steven J. Gold and Stephanie Nawyn (eds.), Routledge, 2019.

 “The Sociology of Inequality and the Rise of Neo-Inequality.” Sociological Focus, Vol 50. No. 2, Pp. 105-124, April 2017.

“The Sociology of Inequality: Race, Space, and Place in Detroit.” The North Central Sociologist, Spring/Summer 2016.