Brendan Mullan


Brendan Mullan

  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Email:    Phone: 517-353-8127
  • Office: 405 Berkey Hall

Degree: University of Pennsylvania, 1986


Brendan Mullan is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts Honors Degree from the Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Dr. Mullan has served as founding Executive Director (Chief Academic Officer) of the MSU Dubai Campus in the United Arab Emirates (2008-2010), as Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs in the College of Social Science, with responsibility for all undergraduate academic and student affairs in twelve disciplinary and professional departments and schools in the social, behavioral and economic sciences, (2006-2008) and as Acting Director of the Center for Integrative Studies in the College of Social Science, with responsibility for the core curriculum for undergraduate general education in the social sciences at MSU, (2007). In 2006, Dr. Mullan was a fellow with the Committee on Institutional Cooperation Academic Leadership Program (CIC-ALP).

Dr. Mullan is the author-editor of 3 books and over 90 scholarly and policy-related publications, presentations and reports on demography, community development, and international migration, and public policy. He has served as primary consultant to the Swedish International Development Agency on their Migration and Community Development in Southern Albania program and variously as consultant to the World Health Organization (2002-04), to the Michigan Department of Community Health (1998-2002), and to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (1994-1996). In 2009 he was an invited participant to the inaugural World Innovation Summit on Education (WISE) in Doha, Qatar. In 2016 he was elected as President of the North Central Sociological Association and gave the presidential address on “The Sociology of Inequality and the Rise of Neo-Inequality” at the combined meetings of NCSA and the Midwest Sociological Society in Chicago on March 24, 2016.

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. Dr. Mullan is an active participant in the American Sociological Association’s sections on International Development, International Migration, and Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility. His research interests include the intersection of Neoliberalism and Inequality (Neo-Inequality), Neoliberal globalization and its interrelations with international migration, international development and international higher education.

Research Areas: Migration
Selected Publications:

"Neo-Inequality and International Migration in Greece," Presented at the American Sociological Association Sociology of Development conference, Wayne State University, Detroit, October 6 2017

"The Sociology of Inequality and the Rise of Neo-Inequality," Sociological Focus, Vol 50, Issue 2, pp. 105-24, April 2017.  

Brendan Mullan and Cristián Doña-Reveco. 2014. “Migration Policy Development in Chile.” International Migration 52(5).

Brendan Mullan. 2013. “Globalization, Migration, and Development: Changes and Challenges.” International Journal of Sociology 43(3).

Book Chapters

Brendan P. Mullan “Emigration and the Sending State,” 2013. (with Cristián Doña-Reveco) in The Handbook of International Migration, Steven J. Gold and Stephanie Nawyn (eds.), Routledge Press.

Brendan P. Mullan. “The Global Economy and Immigration,” 2013. in American Immigration: An Encyclopedia of Political, Social, and Cultural Change, James Ciment and John Radzilowski (eds.), Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe. (with Cristián Doña-Reveco)


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

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