Mayer Zald was born in on June 17, 1931. His Ph.D. advisor and mentor was . His was on . He earned both his BA (1953) and PhD (1961) at , with MA (1955) from the . He then taught at the (1960–1964) and (1964–1977), before returning to the University of Michigan in 1977.
Conversation with Mayer Zald, professor emeritus of sociology, University of Michigan. What is the relation between social psychology, organizational behavior, ...
With his wife, Joan, a social worker and photographer, Zald enjoys birding, tennis, classical music and dance. He still goes to work each day in the Department of Sociology and continues to collaborate with colleagues across campus. Perhaps in another ten years there will need to be another Zaldfest, to acknowledge the post-retirement accomplishments of Mayer Zald?