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Richard R. Marcus, Ph.D.

Professor and Director, The Global Studies Institute and the International Studies Program
 Paris 2014
LA3- 100A
(562) 985-4714


Courses taught

I/ST 200 (Introduction to International Studies), 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)


Richard 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, and the U.S.  His research focuses on the relationships between macro-political institutional change, popular perceptions, and decentralization.  His book is  The Politics of Institutional Change in Madagascar is due out with Rowman Littlefield/Lexington in 2014.  He continues to work on water policy and politics issues.  In particular he is interested in the way in which decentralization in the water sector has disempowered agro-pastoral populations in Madagascar and Kenya and threatened resource access.  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, and American Political Science Association and is Treasurer of the African Politics Conference Group (APCG).  He has served as an “expert” interviewee for diverse media outlets such as Le Monde Diplomatique, Radio France, Voice of America, South African Broadcasting, Midi Madagasikara, IRIN (United Nations), and Bloomberg.  He has also been a consultant or advisor for the World Bank, UNDP, SwissPeace, US Department of State, Swedish International Development Agency, and various non-government organizations.