Department of Geography and Environmental Planning



Alan Marcus

Associate Professor

Office:   LA2358
Phone:   410-704-2970

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Ph.D. Geosciences, Geography Program, Department of Geosciences University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.Sc Geography. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
B.A. Anthropology, Northeastern University


I am a broadly trained geographer, with a wide-ranging inter-disciplinary academic background, and, a regional specialization in Brazil. Areas of research include: Brazilian immigration, transnationalism, race, identity, and the geography of blues and rock and roll



2013 Sex, Color, and Geography: Racialized Relations in Brazil and its Predicaments. Annals of the  Association of American Geographers 103(5):1282-1299.
2011 Rethinking Brazil’s Place within Latin Americanist Geography. Journal of Latin American Geography 10(1): 129- 147.
2011 Experiencing Ethnic Economies. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies 9:1–24.
2010 Back to Goiás and Minas Gerais: Returnees, Geographical Imaginations and its Discontents.
Revista Tempo e Argumento 2(2): 121-134.
2009 Brazilian Immigration to the United States and the Geographical Imagination. Geographical Review 99 (4): 481-498.

(Re)Creating Places and Spaces in Two Countries: Brazilian Transnational Migration Processes. Journal of Cultural Geography (26)2: 173-198.




2013 Global moves from and to Brazil. In Careers without Borders: Critical Perspectives, pp.93-106, edited by Y. Baruch and C. Reis, Oxford, UK: Routledge.
2011 Racial Self-identification among Brazilian Immigrants in the U.S. and Returnees in Brazil. In Race, Ethnicity, and Place in a Changing America (Second Edition), pp. 197-209, edited by J. Frazier, E.Tettey-Fio, and N. Henry. NY: SUNY Press.
2011 Transnational Rio de Janeiro: (Re)Visiting Geographical Experiences. In Growing Up Transnational: Identity and Kinship in a Global Era, pp. 21-35, edited by May Friedman and Silvia Schultermandl. Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press




2012 Marcus, A. P. and J.B. Strait, “Two Geographers and the Geography of the Blues: The Hair of
the Yellow Dog”. Baltimore Blues Society Newsletter, October, 2012.
2011 Towards Rethinking Brazil: A Thematic and Regional Approach. NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Marcus, A. P, J.B. Strait, and E. Jackson. Students Experience the Blues Culture During

Field Study in the Mississippi Delta Region. Perspective, National Council for Geographic Education, 6-9 (December edition).

2008 Why so Many Lapses on Brazil and “Latin” America, Association of American Geographers Newsletter Op-ed, October, 4 (9): 15








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