photo: marksBrian Marks

Assistant Professor


Ph.D. The University of Arizona, 2010
M.A. The University of Arizona, 2005
B.A. Louisiana State University, 2003


Brian is a political and economic geographer whose research in the coastal deltas of the Mekong and Mississippi rivers in Vietnam and the United States concerns the livelihoods of seafood producers in the context of a globalizing seafood industry and mounting environmental precarity in both deltas. A native of southern Terrebonne Parish, Dr. Marks has broader interests in the cultural landscape of South Louisiana and Southern Vietnam, the socio-economic effects of offshore oil and gas development, the Gulf Coast’s connections in the Atlantic and Pacific Worlds, and urban political economic regimes in New Orleans from Longite petro-populism to post-diluvian neoliberalism.

Selected Publications

Forthcoming 2013. Brian Marks, Diane Austin, Preetam Prakash, Bethany Rogers, Tom McGuire, and Shannon Dosemagen. Offshore Oil and the Deepwater Horizon: Social Effects on Gulf Coast Communities. Volume II. Draft Final Report. U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region. pp. 206.

Brian Marks. Forthcoming 2013. Making shrimp and unmaking shrimpers in the Mississippi and Mekong deltas. In Precarious Worlds: New Geographies of Social Reproduction, eds. Katherine Meehan and Kendra Strauss. Columbus, GA: University of Georgia Press.

Brian Marks. 2012. Autonomist Marxist theory and practice in the current crisis. ACME: An international e-journal for critical geographies 11(3):467-91.

Brian Marks. 2012. The political economy of household commodity production in the Louisiana shrimp fishery. Journal of Agrarian Change 12 (2-3): 227-51.

Paul Robbins and Brian Marks. 2009. Assemblage Geographies. In SAGE Handbook of Social Geography, eds. Susan Smith, Rachel Pain, Salllie Marston, J.P. Jones III. pp. 176-94. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

Courses Taught

Political Geography
Human Geography: Africa and Asia
Economic Geography
Development and Environment
Research Methods in Geography


Howe-Russell-Kniffen Geoscience Complex
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-578-6077
Fax: 225-578-8344



Brian Marks' CV