Anthony Marcus

Anthony Marcus

Anthony Marcus
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PhD    The City University of New York

BFA    New York University


After doing a PhD in the Anthropology at the City University of New York that focused on urban poverty, gender, and homelessness, I passed the naughts in Australia as a Senior Lecturer in International Development at the University of Melbourne in Australia. While there I did research on international aid, development, and poverty amelioration in the Maldives, urban Indonesia, and rural Nepal and was a founding Academic Head of the School of International Development of Melbourne University Private, which provided Australia’s first entirely online MA/Ph.D program. I also did consulting for the United Nations and the Red Cross, in post-tsunami reconstruction projects in the Republic of Maldives. I am currently working on a monograph based on related research in the Maldives — an entirely Muslim country with the highest divorce rate in the world and some of the best gender equity statistics in South Asia. It is also likely to be the first seated nation in the UN to be eliminated by the rising sea levels caused by global warming. In August 2007, I went on leave from Melbourne to serve for one academic year as Associate Provost, at the Kazakhstan Institution of Management Economics and Strategic Research, after which I took up an appointment as Associate Professor of Anthropology at John Jay College. My current research pursuits are human trafficking, teenage prostitution, and re-entering prisoners. I am currently doing a field study of arranged marriage, gender, migration, and youth in New York City. I have a developing interest in the social construction of adolescence, its extension further into the human lifecycle, and the impact this has on the lives of socio-politically vulnerable and disadvantaged populations.I am one of two editors-in-chief of the journal Dialectical Anthropology.

Scholarly Work

Recent Publications (Last 3 Years)


Marcus, Anthony, P. Begum, L. Alsabahi, and R. Curtis (2017) Between Choice and Obligation: An Exploratory Assessment of Forced Marriage Problems and Policies among Migrants in the United States. Social Policy and Society. Published online: 02 November 2017

Horning, Amber, Claudia Cojocaru, & Anthony Marcus. Third Party Sex Work and Pimps in the Age of Anti-Trafficking and the crisis of Daubert Qualification in Sex Trafficking Trials”, Sex Offender Law Report, 18(5):83-95

Marcus, Anthony, Aliyah Middleton, and Amber Horning. ND. “Pimps and Madams” in Encyclopedia of Women and Crime, Frances P. Bernat and Kelly Frailing, eds. Wiley. (forthcoming)

Marcus, Anthony. 2017. “Interesting Times” Dialectical Anthropology, 41(1):1-11.

Horning, Amber & Anthony Marcus, eds. 2017. Third party sex work and pimps in the age of anti-trafficking. New York: Springer

Horning, A., & Anthony Marcus. (2017). Introduction: In Search of Pimps and Other Varieties. In Third Party Sex Work and Pimps in the Age of Anti-trafficking (pp. 1-13). Springer International Publishing.

Williamson, Kathleen & Anthony Marcus. 2017. “Black Pimps Matter:  Racially Selective Identification and Prosecution of Sex Trafficking in the United States” in Third party sex work and pimps in the age of anti-trafficking Amber Horning & Anthony Marcus eds. New York: Springer, pps 177-196.


Marcus, Anthony. 2016. "Greetings from the Chair", A Home @ the End of the World, December

Bornstein, Avram, Rachel Swaner, Ric Curtis & Anthony Marcus. ND. “Tell it to the Judge: Community Courts, Legitimacy and Hegemony in Brooklyn, NY” Political and Legal Anthropology Review. 39(2):206-225

Marcus, Anthony, Robert Riggs, Sara Rivera, and Ric Curtis. 2016. Experiences of Youth in the Sex Trade in Atlantic City, New York, NY: The Center for Court Innovation.

Marcus, Anthony, Kirk Dombrowski, and Dane Hautala. 2016 Color-conscious Anti-racism: Bias and Opportunity in the Violent Victimization of Central American Migrants in Long Island, NY. Human Organization, 75(2):168-180.

Lem, Winnie & Anthony Marcus. 2016. "The Marxist Tradition as a Dialectical Anthropology Forty Years On." Dialectical Anthropology, 40(2):1-5.

Martin, Y. C., Anthony Marcus, Curtis, R., Eichenbaum, J., & Drucker, E. (2016). Strength in Numbers: A Model for Undergraduate Research Training and Education in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 1-17.

Marcus, Anthony. 2016. “Thesis 11 at Forty Years”, Dialectical Anthropology. 40(2)

Marcus, Anthony. 2016. “Life Interrupted: Trafficking into Forced Labor in the United States by Denise Brennan.” American Anthropologist, 118(1):184-185.

Marcus, Anthony and John Giggie. 2016. America Firsthand: Volume One: Readings from Settlement to ReconstructionTenth Edition, NY: Bedford/St. Martin’s Press.

Marcus, Anthony and John Giggie. 2016. America Firsthand: Volume Two: Readings from Reconstruction to the PresentTenth Edition, NY: Bedford/St. Martins Press.

Marcus, A., & Curtis, R. 2016. No Love for Children: Reciprocity, Science and Engagement in the Study of Child Sex Trafficking.. In D. Siegel & R. de Wildt (Eds.), Ethical Concerns in Human Trafficking Research. New York: Springer.

Marcus, Anthony, Jo Sanson, Amber Horning, Efram Thompson & Ric Curtis. 2016. " Pimping and Profitability: Testing the Economics of Trafficking in Street Sex Markets in Atlantic City, New Jersey ", Sociological Perspectives, 59(1):46-65.


Marcus, Anthony. 2015. “Post-war Sri Lanka: Deficient realities and unexplored possibilities?” Dialectical Anthropology. 39(3):251-253.

Hautala, Dane, Anthony Marcus, and Kirk Dombrowski. 2015. “Predictors of Police Reporting among Hispanic Immigrant Victims of Violence” Race and Justice 5(3):235-258.

Marcus, Anthony 2015. “Obituary: Ananthakrishnan Aiyer (1967–2015)” Dialectical Anthropology. 39(2)1-5

Marcus, Anthony & Ric Curtis. 2015. “An Introduction to Faraway by R. Kevin Kline – Love, Sex, Friendship, and Faith: The Crisis of Adolescence Then and Now” Minneapolis, MN: Two Harbors Press.

Riggs, Robert, Sarah Rivera, Ric Curtis, Anthony Marcus. 2015. “Pimp”. In International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality, Patricia Whelehan and Anne Bolin eds. New Jersey: Wiley Blackwell.



Select Older Publications

Marcus, Anthony, Amber Horning, Ric Curtis, Jo Sanson & Efram Thompson. 2014. “Conflict and Agency among Sex Workers and Pimps: A Closer Look at Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 653(1):225 - 246.

Marcus, Anthony & Ric Curtis 2014. “Implementing Policy for Invisible Populations: Social Work and Social Policy in a Federal Anti-Trafficking Taskforce in the United States”, Social Policy and Society,

Marcus, Anthony, Robert Riggs, Sarah Rivera, Ric Curtis, & Efram Thompson. 2012. “Is Child to Adult as Victim is to Criminal? Social Policy and Street-Based Sex Work in the United States” Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 9:153-166 .

Marcus, Anthony. 2012. “Reconsidering Talaq: Marriage, Divorce and Sharia Reform in the Republic of Maldives” in Chitra Raghavan and James Levine (eds.) Self-Determination and Women’s Rights in Muslim Societies. Lebanon, NH: Brandeis University Press.

Marcus, Anthony. 2010. “The Contradictions of Social Democracy and the Boundaries of Hope” Dialectical Anthropology, 34(3):383-394.

Marcus, Anthony. 2006. Where Have All the Homeless Gone? The Making and Unmaking of a Crisis: NY: Oxford: Berghahn Books.

Marcus, Anthony & Sulikah Asmorowati. 2006. “Urban Poverty and the Rural Development Bias: Some Notes from Indonesia” Journal of Developing Societies 22(2).

Marcus, Anthony. 2003. “Shelterization and the Homeless: Some Methodological Dangers of Institutional Studies” Human Organization 62(2): 134-142. 

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