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Richard R. Marcus, Ph.D.

Professor and Director, The Global Studies Institute and the International Studies Program
Office – LA3- 100A
Phone – (562) 985-4714

Courses taught

I/ST 200 (Introduction to International Studies), I/ST 222 (Skills and Methods in Global Leadership), I/ST 490 (Senior Seminar in International Studies), I/ST 319 (International Development), I/ST 317 (International Social Conflict), I/ST 350 (Water: People, Politics, and Processes), (Applied International Development)


Photo on 1-8-16 at 10.43 AMRichard R. Marcus is Professor and Director of the Global Studies Institute and the International Studies Program at California State University, Long Beach.  He has a BA in Great Books (New York University), MA in African Studies/Political Science (University of California, Los Angeles), PhD in Political Science (University of Florida), and Certificates in French Language and Civilization (University of Paris), KiSwahili Language (University of Nairobi, Kenya), and Malagasy Language (University of Antananarivo, Madagascar).  He completed dual postdoctoral studies in Globalization and Environmental Studies at Yale University where he was also a Lecturer in Political Science.

Since 1991 Dr. Marcus has conducted research in Madagascar, Kenya, Israel, Uganda, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the U.S. and has additional professional experience in France, Guatemala, and Ecuador. His research focuses on the relationships between macro-political institutional change, popular perceptions, and decentralization. His recent book is titled The Politics of Institutional Failure in Madagascar’s Third Republic (Rowman Littlefield/Lexington in 2015). Other recent publications can be found in such journals as Party Politics, Institute for Security Studies, Journal of Human Development, Current Conservation, Conservation and Society, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, African Studies Review, Current History, Afrika Spectrum, Human Ecology, Journal of Asian and African Studies, African Studies Quarterly, and diverse edited volumes.

Dr. Marcus is an active member of the International Studies Association, African Studies Association, American Political Science Association the African Politics Conference Group (APCG), and NAFSA: Association of International Educators.  He is currently the Principal Investigator on grants from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education Title VI Undergraduate International Studies Foreign Language program, has served as an “expert” interviewee for diverse media outlets, and has been a consultant or advisor for the World Bank, SSRC Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum/UN DPA, United Nations Development Program, SwissPeace, US Department of State, US Agency for International Development,Swedish International Development Agency, and various non-government organizations.