Dr. Marko Salvaggio is an environmental sociologist based in Maputo, Mozambique. He currently teaches online courses in the Humanities & Social Sciences program at Tulane SoPA and previously taught in Tulane’s Environmental Studies program. Prior to Tulane, he was Assistant Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. He is also former Associate Research Fellow at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Dr. Salvaggio holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His areas of specialization include: environmental sociology; theories of nation, race, ethnicity, and indigeneity; cultural studies; and the political economy of space, place, and tourism.
Dr. Salvaggio’s courses include: Culture and Society; Comparative Race and Ethnic Relations; Environment and Society; Race, Indigeneity, and the Environment; Social Dilemmas of Climate Change; Environmental Gentrification; Social Movements; and Qualitative Research Methods.
Dr. Salvaggio’s current research aims at understanding the intersection of race, indigeneity, and climate change risk among coastal communities in Southeastern Africa. He also studies water-related community issues, such as identifying how communities experience and deal with increasing droughts and floods, as well as the lack of access to safe water and sanitation. Dr. Salvaggio has also conducted extensive ethnographic research about international backpacking and ecotourism development in Central America.
What are your favorite activities when you are not working?
running, biking, hiking, traveling, eating, and spending time with my family
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
What is your favorite thing about SoPA?
I love that Tulane SoPA truly caters to a diverse group of students.