Mark Ingram

ProfessorFrench Transnational Studies

Mark Ingram is Professor of French Transnational Studies at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. He holds a joint doctorate in French Transnational Studies and cultural anthropology from NYU. His research has addressed the politics of the arts in France (the theatre in particular), a topic especially important in his book Rites of the Republic: Citizens' Theatre and the Politics of Culture in Southern France. His recent work centers on understandings of place and identity in urban performances, and collaborative map-making as a pedagogical tool in short-term study abroad programs. The city of Marseille has figured prominently in both interests. He teaches courses on French language, society and culture at all levels, and he has helped organize many on-campus residencies for visiting French theatre artists and also speakers, including anthropologists and specialists in French Transnational Studies. He co-teaches a study abroad program on French theatre with Theatre Department colleague Rebecca Free (which concludes with a capstone theatre production on campus), and also teaches a course cross-listed in Sociology/Anthropology and History on contemporary Europe. He presents regularly at professional conferences such as the Society for French Historical Studies and the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting.

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Research, Scholarship, Creative Work in Progress

Article (with Rebecca Free) “Collaborative mapping as tool for enhancing Interdisciplinary dialogue and critical student engagement in a short-term study abroad program”, for special issue of International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing

Book Chapter under review: “Fault lines and bridges in the Mediterranean City: memory and site-specific performance in Marseille” for edited volume: Urban Bridges, Global Capital(s): Trans-Mediterranean Francophonies


"Emplacement and the politics of heritage in low-income neighborhoods of Marseille" in International Journal of Heritage Studies, Vol. 22 No.2 Feb/Mar 2016. DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2015.1068212

Commissioned Review: Trade of the Tricks. Inside the Magician’s Craft by Graham M. Jones, in French Politics, Culture & Society, Vol. 31, 2 (summer):149-51. (2013)

Rites of the Republic. ‘Citizens theatre’ and the politics of culture in southern France. University of Toronto Press. (2011)

“Promoting Europe through 'Unity in Diversity': Avignon as European Capital of Culture in 2000” in Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe, Volume 10 Issue 1, pp. 14-25. (2010)

“The Artist and the City in ‘Euro-Mediterranean’ Marseille: Redefining State Cultural Policy in an Era of Transnational Governance” in City and Society: Journal of the Society for Urban Anthropology, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp. 268-92. (2009)

External Awards, Honors, Grants

2016 “The Spatial Humanities,” Jessie Ball duPont Summer Seminar for Liberal Arts College Faculty at the National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. (June 2016)

Conference Papers & Panel Participation

“The problems and promise of collaborative digital maps: exploring new modes of displaying knowledge”, Society for Visual Anthropology Roundtable. “Visual Matters: The Role of anthropology in producing and analyzing visual material”, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., November, 2017

“Shaping Modern Times in French Transnational Studies" in panel “Peasants, Tourists, and the Discovery of Europe: Papers in Honor of Susan Carol Rogers”, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, November, 2016.

“The role of short-term study abroad in the undergraduate French Transnational Studies curriculum”. Presented at the Institute of French Transnational Studies Alumni Symposium, “New York University, April 12, 2016.

“Ethnographic autobiography and the performance of neighborhood identity in the quartiers nord of Marseille” in the “Vital Memories” Performance Studies Focus Group, Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference, Montreal, July 29, 2015.

(with Rebecca Free) “‘Co-construction’ and public space in Marseille: What is performed by the Theatre of the Sea’s neighborhood activism”, presented at the American Society for Theatre Research Conference, Baltimore, November, 2014.

Academic or Professional Associations

American Anthropological Association

Other Professional or Scholarly Activity

2016 “Mapping the American Experience” Workshop, National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, 17-18.

Manuscript and submission review for University of Toronto Press, and journals such as French Politics, Culture and Society, Anthropological Quarterly, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, American Ethnologist, and European Urban and Regional Studies.