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Heather Dalmage

Professor of Sociology, Director of the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice, Roosevelt University
Chapter Member: Chicagoland SSN
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About Heather

Dalmage addresses racial injustice including, multiracialism, racism, global whiteness. Dalmage has led multiple courses on Global Whiteness with travel to deep settler nations. In addition, Dalmage has expertise education with specific focus on the prison pipeline, special education. Dalmage serves on the Board of Education for the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, serves as a surrogate parent educational advocate, and has published work about probation, restorative justice, disabilities, and pedagogies for liberation.

In the News

Guest to discuss Study: Intermarriages on the Rise 50 Years After Loving v. Virginia on WTTW, Heather Dalmage, May 24, 2021.
Interview on How Far Has the Fight for Racial Justice Come Since Juneteenth? Heather Dalmage, ABC Eyewitness News 7 , February 1, 2021.
"Do You Hear Me? A Discussion About Race," Heather Dalmage, Interview with Cheryl Burton , ABC Eyewitness News 7 , June 19, 2020.


"The Promise, Pitfalls, and Context of Restorative Justice: Through a Lens of Communication Disorders" in Critical Perspectives on Social Justice in Speech-Language Pathology, 245-261.

Outlines how many schools and juvenile courts are using restorative justice.  Discusses that children with communication disorders are at risk of being double punished given the need for forms of communication in the circle process.

"The 2020 SSSP Presidential Address Bringing the Hope Back In: The Sociological Imagination and Dreams of Transformation" Oxford Academic (2020).

Discusses that sociologists may lead many students and others to despair rather than hope. Maintains the solution rests in addressing elitism and the lack of real connection with activist communities.

"It Is About Time: Interracial Couples and Racialized Wait Times in Dining" International Journal of Critical Diversity Studies , 1, no. 2 (2018): 18-32.

Reviews, an overview of the platform, highlighting on-line and off-line racism, the article shows how restaurants utilize 'wait times' to keep mixed-couples from dining-in.  Explores the concept of time, and supports Charles Mills' statement that "all time is white time."

"Mixed Race Families in South Africa: Naming and Claiming a Location" Journal of Intercultural Studies 39, no. 4 (2018): 399-413.

Explores the role of race in South Africa a generation into democracy. Mentions that based on in-depth interviews with folks in mixed-race marriages or long term relationships, the strength of race in everyday life and the power of the Black-White paradigm is clarified in light of Indian South Africans and Coloureds.

"Vanishing Eden White Construction of Memory, Meaning, and Identity in a Racially Changing City" (with Michael T. Maly) (Temple University Press, 2015).

Illustrates through in-depth interviews with whites that grew up in segregated communities in Chicago and lived through racial change we show the role of nostalgia, bounded empathy and strategic ignorance in the construction of whiteness.

"Tripping on the Color Line" ( Rutgers University Press, 2000).

Mentions based on in-depth interviews with people in black-white mixed-race families this book shows how the color line is constructed through individual effort, ideologies and institutions.