Ron Malega

Ron Malega

Assistant Professor
Geography, Geology & Planning

Academic Interests

  • Urban social geography
  • Structured inequality
  • Housing and community development
  • Community policing
  • Law enforcement
  • Applications of GIS and geography to policing

Top Scholarly Accomplishments

  • Overseeing nationwide data collections on the country’s law enforcement agencies and problem-solving courts
  • Co-authored articles in peer-reviewed publications

Previous Experience

  • Statistician with the U.S. Census Bureau
  • Statistician with Bureau of Justice Statistics (U.S. Dept. of Justice)
  • Police officer


Detroit, MI


  • Playing guitar
  • Watching science fiction
  • Traveling
  • Finding dive restaurants, especially those serving regional variations of hot dogs (my favorite is the Detroit Coney Dog, which is Detroit’s version of a natural casing hot dog topped with chili, onions, and yellow mustard)

Future Goals and Aspirations

  • Become an effective teacher
  • Get tenure
  • Explore how practitioners in community policing and community development can work together to help us build more livable communities

Life Outside the University

Spending time with my family


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