Alan P. Marcus

Associate Professor at Towson University

8000 York Rd, Towson, Maryland, United States
Towson University
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(410) 704-2000
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Last Updated 1/17/2016

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B.A.  - Cultural Anthropology , 

M.Sc.  - University of Massachusetts

PhD.  - University of Massachusetts


Contributor  - University of Massachusetts

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Alan Marcus, of Towson University's Geography Department, and also a poet, attended the other session.
Afterwards, he and I decided to we wanted to organize something around Geography and Poetry. Alan organized a Geography of Place event at Towson in October 2014. This entry was posted in Interview and tagged Alan Marcus, Deborah Kevin, Geography of Place, Geopoetics, Michael Ratcliffe, Rita Dove, Shards of Blue on

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Alan P. Marcus
Alan P. Marcus is an assistant professor at the Department of Geography and Environmental Planning at Towson University, (Maryland, USA). He received his B.A. in Cultural Anthropology, minor in philosophy, at Northeastern University, Boston, and a M.Sc. and PhD. At the Department of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research on Brazilian transnational migration processes and Brazilian geography has been published in various U.S. and Brazilian academic journals and book-chapters, and more recently he co-wrote a piece about his experience trip in the Mississippi Delta published in "Perspectives". He has been interviewed and quoted in the Boston Globe, MetroWest News, and on various television and radio programs about migration processes and, more recently about the geography of the blues. He received two awards for best national Ph.D. paper in Ethnic Geography and best national paper in Cultural Geography by the Association of American Geographers in 2008. He developed a new course at Towson University, called the "Geography of the Blues and Rock and Roll: The Mississippi Delta and its Transatlantic Connections" - and has been interested in the blues and rock and roll since a young teenager. He worked with the first Blues Festival ever held in Brazil in 1989, and got a chance to personally meet for the first time, blues legends such as Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Etta James, Albert Collins, and Magic Slim. Since then, he has continued his interest in music and to appreciate the blues, except now at the capacity of a geographer - looking at place and spatial processes.

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For Alan Marcus, a Towson University professor in Maryland who studies Brazilian immigration to the United States and its effects both here and in Brazil, the new numbers are revealing.
"It's a reflection of Brazilians not seeking the United States," said Marcus who has visited Framingham often in his studies. Still, that doesn't mean Brazilians are not trying to come here illegally, said Marcus. It's a remarkable turnaround, said Marcus, given the fact only a few years before Brazilians had been among the fastest-growing unauthorized populations in the nation.

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