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 spent his Spring 2022 four-month Fulbright Fellowship at the University of the Aegean in Greece developing and expanding his research agenda on the demography of inequality in Greece, building collaborative relationships with faculty, enhancing geo-demographic knowledge and expertise, and building 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 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.


2024         "Age-Sex Demographic Change in Greece and the Greek Islands” (with Thanasis Kizos), Presented at the Applied Demography Conference, Population Association of America, February 7, 2024. 

2023          "Peripheral Populations: The Changing Demography of Greece and the Greek Islands” (with Thanasis Kizos), Presented to the Applied Geography Commission, the Commission on Population Geography of the International Geographical Union (IGU) and the Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, conference on “The Relevance of Applied Population Geography Research, September 19, 2023.

2022 (Dec) "Exploring and Explaining the Demography of the Greek Islands 1951-2021,” Invited Lecture, Department of Geography, Harokopio University, Athens, Greece, December 16, 2022.

2022 (Nov) "Peripheral Populations: The Changing Demography of the Greek Islands 1981-2021.” Invited talk at the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, November 11, 2022.

2022 (Nov) "Coming and Going: Immigration, Emigration and Population Change in Greece” Presented at the Michigan Sociological Association Annual Meeting, East Lansing, Michigan, November 4, 2022   

2022 (June)"Neoliberal Globalization, Social-Demographic Transformation, and Migration: Greek Rigidity and Resilience” 9th Annual International Conference on Demography and Population Studies. Athens Institute for Education and Research in Athens (ATINER) June 13-16, 2022.

2022 (May) "Internationalizing Greek Universities: Opportunities, Challenges, and Strategies,” Greek Fulbright Commission invited presentation to senior administrative leadership teams across multiple Greek Universities.  


  • 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.