Associate Professor


Mark de Socio

Ph.D., University of Cincinnati

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 GeographyThousand 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.