His experience as a police officer aids his research that aims to answer why residential segregation occurs among those of different races and ethnicities.
Here’s an excerpt from the story:
“IN MY MIND, WHAT BRINGS MY VARIED RESEARCH INTERESTS TOGETHER IS EXPLORING HOW SPACES AND PLACES CONTRIBUTE TO VARIOUS QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUES AND THERERBY IMPACT THE OPPORTUNITY WE HAVE,” MALEGA SAID. “I CALL THIS THE GEOGRAPHY OF OPPORTUNITIES.”
“THE GEOGRAPHIC DIVIDE BETWEEN DIFFERENT GROUPS HAS DECLINED NATIONALLY IN RECENT DECADES. BUT IT REMAINS STRONG IN MANY METROPOLITAN AREAS,” MALEGA SAID. “BLACK AND WHITE INDIVIDUALS HAVE HISTORICALLY BEEN THE DOMINANT DEMOGRAPHICS IN THESE AREAS. THE DIVIDE IS OFTEN MOST VISIBLE AMONG THEM.”