University of Maryland, College Park
Marccus Hendricks is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, in the Urban Studies and Planning Program and a faculty member in the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education. His academic interests focus on how infrastructure, environmental outcomes and neighborhood forces interact to affect people’s everyday lives and their lives during times of extreme events. He has an environmental justice research agenda and his main areas of specialization include infrastructure planning and management, environmental planning, and hazard and disaster mitigation. He draws upon equity planning, social vulnerability and environmental justice theory to ensure that low-income and communities of color are planned and accounted for in light of natural hazards and investigates how the inventory, condition, and distribution of public infrastructures can modify hazard exposures and resulting disaster impacts.
Hendricks is a founding fellow of the William Averette Anderson Fund (Expanding Inclusive Hazard Disaster Planning for Communities of Color) and currently serves as a board member for the Fund. Hendricks has worked on research projects related to both public health and disasters, which have been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Science Foundation. He has complementary professional experience from his time working with the Brazos Valley Texas Council of Governments as a public safety planner and with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension at their Emergency Services Training Institute.
Hendricks holds a PhD 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.