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About the Author

At heart, author Anthony M. Orum PhD is simply an especially curious person. Hailing from Austin, Texas, he loves to walk around cities and watch all the wonderful things that go on. Everyone in a city, whether relaxing in a park or walking hurriedly on a sidewalk, has a story to tell—as do the parks and sidewalks themselves. Drawing on his observations, he combines his passion for cities, people, and politics with his passion for writing to reveal the inner life of cities to scholars and other readers.

Though he is now retired, Dr. Orum's sense of curiosity is as strong as ever, and he remains very interested in politics. He takes time to understand current events taking place around the world, and thoughtfully converts his findings to prose so that others can becomes better educated about the world they are living in.

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A Love for Writing

Already passionate about the written word, Dr. Orum has become a better writer and communicator over the years, exploring a broader range of topics. Reviewers note that his works have become very accessible, and he feels he has mastered how to communicate his ideas effectively to people. This is a skill that developed over time and, over the past 30 years, he has brought this and other skills to bear when editing work by other authors and students. His primary inspiration for everything he does is his wife.


Dr. Orum received his doctorate in Sociology from the University of Chicago. Over a 45-year career, he taught courses in politics, urban history, immigration, and sociology at a variety of schools, including:

• Emory University
• University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
• University of Texas, Austin
• University of Illinois-Chicago


Dr. Orum received various honors and recognitions for his work, including being named a Fulbright Scholar in China in 2007 and 2008. He is also the founding editor of the City and Community Journal, and a member of The American Sociological Association.

Mentor to Chinese Scholars

Dr. Orum first visited China in 1988 when Fudan University in Shanghai was first translating one of his books into Chinese. Ever since, he has made a point of mentoring Chinese students and scholars interested in urban history and politics.

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