Greg Markus's research, teaching, and public work focus on practical approaches to building political power from the bottom up. He recently led a research team in a four-year, 14-city study of public participation in America and is writing a book about the study's findings. He has worked for more than 25 years with organizations at the local, state, national and international levels that build the capacities of individuals and communities to address public issues.
Professor Markus serves as board chair of the Harriet Tubman Center for Community Organizingand works pro bono as the founding organizer of the Detroit Action Commonwealth, an organization of some 3000 Detroiters, most of them indigent, who meet at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen on the city's east side and at St. Leo's on the west side.
Before that he served as vice president of MOSES, a community-organizing project based in Detroit that is affiliated with the Gamaliel Foundation. He also serves as faculty advisor to the U-M student organization The Detroit Partnership. Professor Markus is also a veteran of 15 Ironman triathlons, most recently the 2008 Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
- Center for Political Studies
Fields of Study:
- Research Methods
- Urban Politics
- Race, Ethnicity and Politics
- Urban Politics (graduate)
- Participation and Electoral Behavior (graduate)
- Contemporary Issues in American Politics (undergraduate)