Alan Marcus

Associate Professor

Contact Information

College of Liberal Arts,
Room 2358


Ph.D., Geosciences, Geography Program,
Department of Geosciences, University of
Massachusetts, Amherst

M.Sc. Geography, University of
Massachusetts, Amherst

B.A., Anthropology,
Philosophy Minor,
Northeastern University, Boston

Courses taken at other universities including:
The American University of Cairo, Egypt
Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Universidade Paulista (UNIP), São Paulo, Brazil

Areas of Expertise

Race and Ethnicity

Selected Publications

  • 2015  Convenient Liaisons: Brazilian Immigration/Emigration and the Spatial-relationships of Religious Networks, Space Populations Societies (2014-2-3)2-12
  • 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.
  • 2009    Brazilian Immigration to the United States and the Geographical Imagination.  Geographical Review 99 (4): 481-498.
  • 2009    (Re)Creating Places and Spaces in Two Countries: Brazilian Transnational Migration Processes. Journal of Cultural Geography (26)2: 173-198.

Book Chapters

  • 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   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.

Other Publications

  • 2011    Towards Rethinking Brazil: A Thematic and Regional Approach. NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


  • (Forthcoming)  Marcus, Alan P. (Ed). Navigating Autobiogeographies: Transnational Geographers in the United States.  Lexington Books: Lanham, Maryland.

Professional Service

  • Assessment Coordinator for Department of Geography and Environmental Planning, Towson University

  • Committee member for Graduate students non-thesis Master of Arts students Jacob Donkin (Fall 2013) and Benjamin Degenhardt (Spring 2014).

  • Competition Judge for best Ph.D. paper competition in Cultural Geography, Association of American Geographers (AAG)

  • Member of the Board of Directors Association of American Geographers (AAG) Ethnic Geography Specialty Group (2009-2014)

Awards and Grants

  • 2013 National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) supported grant, guest talk, “The Great Migration,” Delta State University, Cleveland, Mississippi (July 7).
  • 2012 Partial Travel Grant Invited speaker at REP VI (AAG Race, Ethnicity and Place Conference) San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 22-26, 2012.
  • 2012 National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) supported grant, guest talk, “The Great Migration,” Delta State University, Cleveland, Mississippi (July 14).
  • 2011 Recipient of Towson University Faculty Fellowship ($6,000: 2011-2013): Towards a Geography of the Blues: Approaches to Understanding the Cultural Landscapes of the Mississippi Delta.
  • 2011 U.S. Department of Education Grant Submission (Co-PI)($200,000):
    Inter-disciplinary course development and travel to study Brazilians coastal mangroves and the human-nature interface (Integrating GIS, Biology, and Geography)(Applied March 2011).