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Walter Reynolds Farley

Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Michigan

Reynolds Farley is a research scientist at the Population Studies Center, the Dudley Duncan Professor Emeritus of Sociology, and a lecturer at the Ford School. Farley's research interests concern population trends in the United States, focusing on racial differences, ethnicity, and the changes occurring in the nation's cities. His current work focuses upon the revitalization of Rust Belt metropolises, particularly Detroit. Farley, who maintains a website describing the history and future of Detroit ( (link is external)), teaches a short Ford School course on the history and future of Detroit. To assist in preparation for Census 2020, he also serves on the Ann Arbor and Washtenaw Complete Count Committees. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago.


  • –present
    Professor, University of Michigan