MARK A. CHESLER is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Michigan and Executive Director of Community Resources Ltd. in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Mark is an activist scholar conducting research, teaching, consulting, and organizing on issues of social justice and personal/organizational change around race and gender equity and of the psychosocial impact of childhood cancer. His work focuses on these issues in the contexts of: (1) challenging racism/sexism and implementing multiculturalism in higher educational as well as corporate and community systems, including the ways in which entitlement/privilege and historic oppression are acted out in pedagogies and management styles; (2) the experience of teens, young adults and families surviving childhood cancer and creating and sustaining voluntary and non-profit groups, especially with regard to issues of patient/citizen empowerment and the improvement of social services targeted at families of children with cancer.
Mark’s teaching duties have included the innovation of Community Service Learning projects, leadership in the University of Michigan’s Program on Intergroup Dialogues, and courses/workshops on Qualitative Research Methods and Participatory Action Research. He is the author/editor of 7 books and over 200 articles/chapters/reports and frequently speaks to professional and public audiences. His most recent books around race/gender issues include Challenging Racism in Higher Education: Promoting Justice (with Amanda Lewis & James Crowfoot) and Intergroup Dialogues in Higher Education: Meaningful Learning About Social Justice (with Ximena Zuniga, Ratnesh Nagda and Adena Cytron). He also is the author of: Childhood Cancer and the Family (with Oscar Barbarin), Self-Help and Cancer (with Barbara Chesney), and You are not Alone (with Sara Eldridge), as well as numerous articles dealing with psychosocial issues surrounding childhood cancer. He has been President of the US-based Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation and of the International Confederation of Childhood Cancer Parent Organizations.
Mark is married, the father of two adult daughters, and the grandfather of three girls and two boys.