HEATHER DALMAGE, Ph.D.
Roosevelt University, Chicago
1996 to Present
Professor of Sociology
Director, Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation
1996 Ph.D. City University of New York, Graduate School, Sociology
1992 M.A. DePaul University, Sociology
1987 B.A. Marquette University, Psychology
Vanishing Eden: White Construction of Memory, Meaning, and Identity in a Racially Changing City. Temple University Press, 2016 (with Michael T. Maly).
Reviews: Choice; Planning; Contemporary Sociology; Sociology and Social Welfare
Race in an Era of Change: A Reader. Oxford University Press, 2011 (with Barbara Katz Rothman).
The Politics of Multiracialism: Challenging Racial Thinking. Albany: SUNY Press, 2004.
Reviews: Contemporary Sociology; Sociology and Social Welfare; DuBois Review: Social Science Research on Race
Tripping on the Color Line: Black-White Multiracial Families in a Racially Divided World. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2000.
Reviews: Choice; Contemporary Sociology; Sociology and Social Welfare; Adoption Quarterly; Multicultural Review; Sociology; Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi Valley
Selections of Tripping have been reprinted and developed in the following books:
Book: Mills, Melinda, The Borders of Race: Patrolling “Multiracial” Identities. Lynn Rienner Publishers. (From the press: “… Melinda Mills builds on the work of Heather Dalmage to explore the phenomenon—and consequences—of racial border patrolling by strangers, family members, friends, and even multiracial people themselves.”) 2017.
“Patrolling Racial Borders: Discrimination Against Mixed Race People,” in Readings for Diversity and Social Justice, 3rd ed. Edited by Maurianne Adams et al. Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. 2013
“Discovering Racial Borders,” in Rethinking the Color Line: Readings in Race and Ethnicity (2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th editions). Edited by Charles Gallagher. McGraw Hill, 2003/2006/2009/2012.
“Discovering Racial Borders,” in Race in an Era of Change: A Reader. New York: Edited by Heather Dalmage and Barbara Katz Rothman. Oxford University Press, 2011
“Tripping on the Color Line,” in Race and Ethnicity in Society: The Changing Landscape (1st and 2nd ed). Edited by Margaret Anderson and Elizabeth Higginbotham. Wadsworth Press, 2006/2009.
“Tripping on the Color Line: Black-White multiracial families in a racially divided world,” in The Meaning of Difference: American Constructions of Race, Sex and Gender, Social Class and Sexual Orientation (4th edition). Edited by Karen Rosenbaum and Toni-Michelle Travis. McGraw Hill, 2006.
Member, Editorial Board, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. 2017 to present
Special Issue, Sociological Imagination Journal (Vol 50, No 1). Topic: Post-Mandela South Africa. Co-Editor with Melissa Steyn, University of the Witwatersrand. 2015
Associate Editor, Social Problems. 2014-2017
Member, Editorial Collective, Societies Without Borders. 2012 to present
Selected Articles and Book Chapters
King, Matthew T., Meghan M. Burke and Heather Dalmage. 2017. “Advocacy Unit Probation Officers Reporting Risk Factors For Young Offenders With Intellectual Or Developmental Disabilities,” (Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, vol 4, Iss 1, p. 1-10)
Dalmage, Heather. Forthcoming 2017. “Racism” in The Cambridge Handbook of Social Problems, ed. A. Javier Trevino.
Burke, Meghan and Heather Dalmage. 2016. “Special Education Advocacy in the Juvenile Justice System: Perspectives from Probation Officers” (Exceptionality: A Special Education Journal, vol 24, Iss 3)
Maly, Michael, Heather Dalmage, and Nancy Michaels. 2013. “The End of an Idyllic World: Race, Memory, and the Construction of White Powerlessness” (Critical Sociology, vol 39, no 5, p. 757-779)
Childs, Erica Chito and Heather Dalmage. 2010. “Rearing Biracial Children: The Experiences of Black Married Fathers,” in The Myth of the Missing Black Father, Roberta Coles and Charles Green, eds. New York: Columbia University Press.
Dalmage, Heather. 2006. “Interracial Couples, Multiracial People, and the Color Line in Adoption,” in Adoptive Families in a Diverse Society, Katarina Wegar, ed. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.
Dalmage, Heather. 2006. “Finding a Home: Housing the Color Line,” in Mixed Messages: Multiracial Identities in the ‘Color-Blind’ Era, David Brunsma ed. Boulder: Lynn Rienner Publishers
Dalmage, Heather. 2004. “My View: Behind the Seams (Multiracial Families in the Housing Market),” One City: Partners for a Better Chicago. The Chicago Council on Urban Affairs.
Dalmage, Heather. 2004. “Protecting Racial Comfort, Protecting Racial Privilege,” The Politics of Multiracialism: Challenging Racial Thinking, Heather Dalmage ed. Albany: SUNY Press.
Dalmage, Heather. 2004. “Mama Are You Brown?: Multiracial Families and the Color Line,” in SkinDeep: How Race and Complexion Matter in the ‘Color-Blind’ Era, Herring, Cedric, Verna Keith, Hayward Derrick Horton, eds. Chicago: University of Illinois Press.
Dalmage, Heather. 2003. “Patrolling Racial Borders: Discrimination Against Mixed Race People,” Multiracial Child Resource Book, Root, Maria P.P. and Matt Kelley, eds. Seattle: Mavin Foundation.
Isserles, Robin and Heather Dalmage. 2000. “Cultural Capital as Rules and Resistance: Bringing it Home in the Introductory Course,” Teaching Sociology, v.28, no.2: 160-166.
2017 “Restorative Justice and Disabilities: Raising Awareness and Building Inclusive Whole School Restorative Practices,” American Academy of Pediatrics Illinois Chapter, (with Nancy Michaels and Sara Balgoyen), O’Fallon, IL April
2016 “Disability, Schools, and the Prison Pipeline,” (organizer and presider) Society for the Study of Social Problems, Seattle, WA. August
2016 “Broadening the Circle: Youth with Disabilities and Restorative Justice,” International Restorative Practices, San Jose, Costa Rica.
2015 “Disrupting the Prison Pipeline for Youth with Disabilities,” International Association of Special Education, Wroclaw, Poland. (With Matthew Cohen)
2014 “From School Push out to Push Back: Court Involved Youth with Disabilities and Special Educational Services,” with Meghan Burke. SSSP. San Francisco. August.
2014 “Prevalence and Perceptions of Students with Disabilities in the Juvenile Justice System,” with Meghan Burke. Council for Exceptional Children. Philadelphia. March.
2014 “Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) and Youth with Disabilities,” at the DMC Summit. Roosevelt University. Chicago. February.
2013 “White Racial Wisdom: Whites Who’ve Lived Through Racially Changing Neighborhoods Reflect on Race,” Society for the Study of Social Problems. New York. August.
2012 “Scholar Activism: Bringing Humanity Back In,” Society for the Study of Social Problems. Denver. August.
2012 “Is Humanity Capital Possible: Neoliberalism, Racial Solidarity and Sense of Purpose Among White English Speaking South African Varsity Students,” Ethnicity and Education: Old Issues, New Insights. Newcastle, UK. July.
2011 “Racial Borders in Racially Changing Neighborhoods: Working for Whiteness on Chicago’s Southwest and West Sides” (with Mike Maly and Nancy Michaels) SSSP. Las Vegas. August.
2011 “White Ethnics, White Victims: Racial Discourse and Neighborhood Defense” (with Mike Maly and Nancy Michaels) SSSP. Las Vegas. August.
2009 “Memories of Place and Race: Chicago’s Southwest and West Sides” (with Michael Maly and Nancy Michaels). Urban Affairs Association, Chicago, IL. March.
2009 “White Students Negotiating Racial Otherness at the University of KwaZulu-Natal” (with Rob Pattman) South African Sociological Annual meetings. Johannesburg, SA. July.
2007 “Construction of Whiteness on Chicago’s Southwest Side: Marquette Park 1966-1986” (with Michael Maly). Illinois Sociological Association Annual meeting. Chicago, IL. October.
2007 “Africans and West Indians: Myth of the Model Minority?,” Society for the Study of Social Problems, New York City, August.
2006 “Teaching Intersecting Locations of Inequality,” Society for the Study of Social Problems, Montreal. August.
2005 “Adoption and Neoliberal Discourse.” SSSP. Philadelphia, August.
2003 “White Racial Comfort,” American Sociological Assoc, Chicago. Aug.
2003 Organizer, “Doing Race,” Association of Black Sociologists, Chicago. August.
2001 Organizer, “The Politics of Multiracialism,” Association of Black Sociologists, Anaheim, CA. August.
2000 “Shifting Racial Identities,” SSSP, Washington, D.C. August.
Invited Talks and Public Lectures
2017 “Including Disability: Making Circle a Place for All,” International Institute for Restorative Practices. Bethlehem, PA. October
2017 Equity, Social Justice and Policing. Truman College, Chicago. February.
2016 The Politics of Documenting Neighborhood Change, NYU Urban Democracy Lab. October.
2016 Youth with Disabilities in the School to Prison Pipeline, UIC, September.
2012 The Art and Activism of Research. SSSP. August.
2012 “The Importance of Ubuntu,” 100 Years of the African National Congress. Jan.
2010 The Legacy of Racialized Housing Battles in Chicago: Analyzing Whiteness, Loyola University, September
2009 Racial Borders and the Color Line, Purdue University, October
2009 The Role of Libraries in Developing Humanity Capital in South Africa, LIASA Conference, National Library of South Africa, Pretoria, June
2009 Transformation and the Development of Humanity Capital, University of KwaZulu
Natal, Westville, May.
2009 Tripping on the Color Line, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Edgewood, April.
2009 Racial Borders: Mulitracials and Coloureds, University of Cape Town, March.
2009 The Politics of Multiracialism, University of KwaZulu Natal, Centre for Critical
Research on Race and Identity. March.
2009 Understanding Racial Borders. U.S. Consulate, Durban. February.
2006 Interracial Couples, Multiracial Families and the Color Line, 6th Annual Race
Summit, Tallahassee, FL, October.
2006 Multiracial Families and the Color Line, Chicago Public Libraries, The Blackstone
Library. Chicago, May.
2005 Gender, Race and the Workplace, Chicago Council on Urban Affairs, Chicago.
2004 Pedagogy and Social Justice, Teaching and Learning annual conference, Roosevelt University. May.
2003 Through a Glass Darkly: Female Images in the Media, Women of the Millennium, Chicago, November.
2003 Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession, Looking Glass Theatre, Human Relations Foundation, Chicago, August.
2002 Transracial Adoption, Borderpatrolling and the Color Line, Chicago Area Families for Adoption, Oak Brook, IL. April.
2002 Dancing on the Color Line: Transracial Open Adoption, NACLA, Chicago. March.
2001 Tripping on the Color Line, The University of Chicago. October.
2001 Tripping on the Color Line, Georgia State University. February.
2000 Gender and Justice, North Shore Series on Justice, Chicago. February.
Selected Media Interviews and Appearances
Chicago Tonight, WTTW, “Intermarriages of the Rise 50 Years After Loving v. Virginia,” May 2017
Al Jazeera International, “Violence in Chicago,” July 2016.
WVON. Radio show, Featured with co-author Mike Maly, on Perri Small Show. Discussed our new book: Vanishing Eden. February 2016
Chicago Tribune, Book News: Blurb on Vanishing Eden. November 2015
PBS NewsHour Blog, “The Problem with trying to label Rachel Dolezal,” June 2015
Vancouver Sun, Mixed Unions: The Ideal? or “Brown Washing”? July 2015
Al Jazeera, “Social ‘ genocide ‘ on the streets of Chicago,” April 15, 2015
Daily Herald, “On MLK Day, suburban leaders still striving to improve race relations”
(January 17, 2010)
WCIU, “Disrupting the Cradle to Prison Pipeline,” Interview (October 2010)
CBS2 News, “Bears Draft Pick in Spotlight for Demeaning Rap: Latest Case One of
Many Instances of Sexism in Popular Culture (May 1, 2007).
Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Parents Struggle to Start of Multiracial Play Group,”
(December 24, 2004)
NBC5 News, “Mixed Messages, A Special Report (May 29, 2004)
Chicago Sun Times, “Why Did This Girl Run Away?: Biracial Teen’s Quest for Identity
Ended in Death” (October 28, 2001)
The Chicago Tribune, Health & Family section. “Race’s confounding territory: Author wants to clear the way for an overdue dialogue,” (June 3, 2001)
Truth in Action, a television show sponsored by the Chicago Human Relations
Commission. Show discussed, Tripping on the Color Line (April 2001)
The Multiracial Millennium, CAN TV, a six-part television series addressing issues
raised in Tripping on the Color Line. Taped in Feb and March, began airing April 2001.
The Milt Rosenberg Show, WGN radio, “The Future of Race in America” (Feb. 2001)
Fellowships, Honors and Awards
2009 Fulbright Scholar at the Centre for Critical Research on Race and Identity,
University of KwaZulu Natal, SA
2006 National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellowship: Revolution and the Making of Identities: France and Haiti,1787-1804.
2003 St. Clair Drake Center for African American Studies, Faculty Fellowship
1999 Elizabeth Balanoff Outstanding Service Award
1996 David Spitz Distinguished Scholar Dissertation Year Fellowship
1994 Awarded Honor of Distinction – Oral Examinations
1994 University Fellowship
1993-1996 Graduate Teaching Fellowship (three years)
1992 Awarded Honor of Distinction – MA degree
1991 Alpha Kappa Delta, the Sociological Honor Society
Social Justice Summer Institute, Topic: Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline♦Juvenile Justice Seminar ♦Race and Ethnicity ♦Sociology of Education ♦Sociology of Family ♦Introduction to Sociology ♦Sex, Gender and the Social Order ♦Stratification ♦Women, Work and Family ♦Sociology of Organizations ♦Juvenile Delinquency ♦Contemporary Social Issues ♦Women in U.S. Society ♦ Individuals, Institutions and Power ♦ Global Whiteness ♦Global Race ** (in addition: study abroad and transformational learning pedagogies utilized)
Activities and Service
2016-pres Educational Surrogate Parent Advocate, ISBE
2015-2018 Board of Education, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
2014/2015 Chair, Erwin O Smigel Award committee, SSSP
2013-2016 Board of Directors, Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP)
2012-pres Illinois Attorney General’s Committee on Special Education
2011/2012 Co-Chair, Program Committee, SSSP
2010/2011 Board, Family Resource Center on Disabilities
2010-2013 Fulbright Scholar Review committee
2010-pres Editorial Board, Sociologists Without Borders
2010/2011 Chair, Social Action Committee, SSSP
2009/2010 Social Action Committee, SSSP
2009/2010 Early Distinguished Career Award Committee, ASA
2009/2010 Graduate Paper Award committee, Education Division, ASA
2008/2009 Chair, C. Wright Mills Award Committee
2007/2008 C. Wright Mills Award Committee, SSSP
2006/2007 C. Wright Mills Award Committee, SSSP
2004-2012 Faculty Affiliate, Initiative for Family and Child Studies, Roosevelt University
2003-2007 Standing Member, Executive Committee, Chicago Council on Urban Affairs
1999-2007 Board of Directors, Chicago Council on Urban Affairs
Rutgers University Press
University of California Press
Oxford University Press
Lynne Rienner Publishers
Journal of Marriage and Family
Racial and Ethnic Studies
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Journal of Family Issues
Political Science Quarterly
Transformations (South Africa)
Gender and Society
African American Review
Sociologists Without Borders
National Science Foundation
National Research Foundation (South Africa)