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Mark de Socio, Ph.D.

Ph.D., University of Cincinnati

Mark de Socio

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Office:  157-G Henson
Telephone:  +1 410 543 6461
Fax:  +1 410 548 4506



Dr. Mark de Socio is Associate Professor of Geography at Salisbury University. He studies economic and political forces that shape, and are shaped by, the physical and social landscapes of urban and rural areas. His research has primarily concentrated on networks of business and social leaders who actively shape urban and rural landscapes through economic activities, policy-making, or both. Such networks are very dynamic; the compositions of these networks are marked by local economic genealogy, the dynamism of global capitalist competition, and attendant social changes. He is currently exploring the impacts of corporate mergers and acquisitions on business community structures and urban regimes. Beyond networks and regime theory, other current projects include an exploration of the changing location patterns of Minor League Baseball teams in relation to their Major League affiliates, and exploring the geopolitics of the federal J-1 Summer Work Travel Program in Ocean City, Maryland. He has published research in various academic journals including Antipode, Regional Studies, Journal of Urban Affairs, and Growth & Change. He serves on the editorial boards of The Professional Geographer and The Arab World Geographer, and is a past-chair of the Middle Atlantic Division of the Association of American Geographers (MAD-AAG).

He received his Ph.D. (Geography) from the University of Cincinnati, M.S. (Geography) from the University of Alabama, and B.S. (Political Science) from Towson University. Originally from Baltimore, he previously taught at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio, before returning to Maryland to teach for Salisbury University. His teaching duties at Salisbury include Economic Geography, Urban Geography, Political Geography, The Geography of Sport, and World Geography: Africa and the Americas.

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  • 2014 Parrillo AJ and de Socio M.  Universities and hospitals as agents of economic stability and growth in small cities: A comparative analysis.  The Industrial Geographer 11: 1-28.
  • 2014 Macpherson BD and de Socio M.  Exploring location patterns of gasoline stations on Virginia's Eastern Shore: Field logistics and lessons learned.  Material Culture Review 77/78: 158-170.
  • 2013 Macpherson BD and de Socio M.  Gasoline station morphology on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Southeastern Geographer 53(1): 5-27.
  • 2013 de Socio M.  Geopolitics of Asia: Note from the guest editor.  The Pennsylvania Geographer 51(1): 1-2.
  • 2012 de Socio M.  Regime network restructuring in Akron, Ohio, 1975-2009: A longitudinal social network analysis.  Growth and Change 43(1): 27-55.
  • 2010 de Socio M.  Geographers mobilize: A network-diffusion analysis of the campaign to free Ghazi-Walid Falah. Antipode 42(2): 310-335.  (Reprinted with copyright permissions in The Arab World Geographer, Vol. 11, No. 4, pp. 195-217)
  • 2010 de Socio M.  Marginalization of sunset firms in regime coalitions: A social network analysis. Regional Studies 44(2): 167-182.
  • 2010 de Socio M.  'Taylor, Peter', p. 2278 in Warf B (ed.), Encyclopedia of Geography.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • 2010 de Socio M.  'Urban and regional development', pp. 2916-2921 in Warf B (ed.), Encyclopedia of Geography. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • 2008 Gokmen M, de Socio M, and Falah G-W.  Geopolitics from below: Student perceptions of contemporary US-Turkey relations.  The Arab World Geographer 11(1-2): 18-46.
  • 2008 Gokmen M, de Socio M, and Falah G-W.  Geopolitics from above: A review of bilateral US-Turkey relations, 1947-2006. The Arab World Geographer 11(1-2): 1-17.
  • 2007 de Socio M.  Business community structures and urban regimes: A comparative analysis. Journal of Urban Affairs 29(4): 339-365.
  • 2002 de Socio M and Allen C.  Irredentism in MexAmerica.  Military Review 82(5): 68-80.


  • World Geography: Africa & the Americas (GEOG 102)
  • Economic Geography (GEOG 203)
  • Geography of Sport (GEOG 262)
  • Urban Geography (GEOG 303)
  • Political Geography (GEOG 327)

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