Marccus D. Hendricks

Headshot of Fellow Marccus D. Hendricks
Associate Professor

Urban Studies and Planning Program
School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
University of Maryland

Fellowship Project: A Multimethod Approach to Assess Sanitary Risks and Microbial Exposures Associated with Waterborne Illnesses and Infrastructure Management in Baltimore, Maryland

Marccus D. Hendricks is an Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and a Faculty Affiliate with the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. His other affiliations include the Clark School of Engineering’s Center for Disaster Resilience, the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, and the Environmental Finance Center.

Marccus’ primary research interests include infrastructure planning and management, social vulnerability to disaster, environmental justice, sustainable development, public health and the built environment, and citizen science. He utilizes a mixed-methods approach to his research that includes both quantitative and qualitative methods such as multiple regression, cross-sectional research, spatial mapping, in-depth interviewing, participatory action research, and different forms of spatial and analytic epidemiology. At the intersection of his work he ensures that low-income and communities of color are planned and accounted for in light of environmental hazards and investigates how the inventory, condition, and distribution of critical infrastructures and public works, such as stormwater services, energy, public transit, streets and roadways, sewer, community facilities, litter and debris removal, and green space, can modify hazard exposures, disaster impacts, public health outcomes, and community resiliency.

Marccus is a founding fellow of the William Averette Anderson Fund (the first national interdisciplinary organization working to increase the number of underrepresented persons of color in the field of disaster research, practice, and pedagogy) and currently serves as a board member for the Fund. He recently participated in a U.S. Congressional Briefing entitled “Addressing the Impact of Climate Change on Public Health and Natural Disasters” on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, and was quoted from his participation in Scientific American. He was also awarded a Tier 1 research grant from the University of Maryland’s Division of Research to work on a project entitled, “Infrastructure, Urban Flooding and its Influence on Social Vulnerability and Mobility: A Place-based Study in Southeast Washington, D.C.” Marccus holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Science and a Master of Public Health, both from Texas A&M University. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of North Texas.