“Through teaching, I’m reminded by my students that I’m just as much of a student as they are, and I love that.”
Assistant ProfessorSociology and Environmental Studies
Dr. Marko Salvaggio is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to arrival at Goucher in 2016, he was Associate Research Fellow at the National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He completed his doctorate in sociology in 2016 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Marko teaches sociology and environmental studies courses at both the main Goucher campus and the campus of the Maryland Correctional Institution - Jessup (MCIJ) through the Goucher Prison Education Partnership (GPEP). Marko has two main research areas: (1) urban sustainability and (2) ecotourism. His urban sustainability research focuses on water-related urban issues, such as understanding how urban societies experience and deal with increasing droughts and floods, as well as the lack of access to safe water and sanitation. While living in Las Vegas, he played an integral role in the creation and development of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area Social Survey (LVMASS). He used LVMASS data to assess Las Vegas residents’ knowledge of drought conditions and concern about water use in Southern Nevada, and their support for water conservation policies. He also studies “green” gentrification and race relations in Baltimore. Marko’s ecotourism research explores how tourists and locals understand, experience, and describe the sociocultural, economic, ecological, as well as ethical, implications of ecotourism. His dissertation is a multi-sited ethnography about backpacking subculture and ecotourism development in Central America. He is working on several manuscripts from his dissertation, while also expanding his ecotourism research in Belize and Nicaragua.
Salvaggio, Marko. 2017. “The British Marxist Historians.” Encyclopedia of Social Theory edited by Bryan S. Turner. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
Gottschalk, Simon and Marko Salvaggio. 2015. “Stuck Inside of Mobile: Ethnography in NonPlaces” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 44:3-33.
Salvaggio, Marko, Robert Futrell, Christie Batson, and Barb Brents. 2013. “Water scarcity in the desert metropolis: how environmental values, knowledge and concern affect Las Vegas residents’ support for water conversation policy.” Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 57:588-611.
Salvaggio, Marko and Sheba K. Dunston. 2016. “2016 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Supplement: Findings of cognitive interview testing conducted June – July 2015.” Prepared for the National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Salvaggio, Marko. 2013. “Understanding Community Issues in the Historic West Las Vegas Neighborhood.” Prepared for Southern Nevada Strong in the Resilient Communities and Distressed Neighborhoods Report. Edited by Gianpaolo Baiocchi et al.
Salvaggio, Marko and Robert Futrell. 2012. “Environment and Sustainability in Nevada.” Prepared for the UNLV Center for Democratic Culture in The Social Health of Nevada: Leading Indicators and Quality of Life in the Silver State. Edited by Dmitri Shalin.
Futrell, Robert, Christie Batson, Barb Brents, Andrea Dassopoulos, Marko Salvaggio, Candace Griffin, and Chrissy Nicholas. 2010. City of Las Vegas: Your City, Your Way Initiative Final Report. Prepared for the City of Las Vegas.
Futrell, Robert, Christie Batson, Barb Brents, Andrea Dassopoulos, Marko Salvaggio, Candace Griffin, and Chrissy Nicholas. 2010. Las Vegas Metropolitan Area Social Survey Highlights Report. Prepared for the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition.
Conference Papers & Panel Participation
“‘Nica-Tourism’: Critical Reflections of Ecotourism in Nicaragua,” The Roots & Branches of Interpretive Sociology: Cultural, Pragmatist, & Psychosocial Approaches, 2018, Philadelphia, PA
“The Place and Non-place Experiences of the Backpacker Hostel,” Meeting of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI), 2017, Montreal, Canada
“Whose Community? Gentrification and Community Building in Downtown Las Vegas” (with Andrea Dassopoulos, University of Nevada-Las Vegas), Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), 2014, San Francisco, CA
“Backpacking Subculture in Central America: Ideology, Practice, and Tourism,” Meeting of the American Sociological Association, 2013 New York, NY
“Sustainable City in the Desert? Las Vegas Urbanization, Risk, and the Limits to Growth” (with Robert Futrell and Tyler Schafer, University of Nevada-Las Vegas), Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, 2012, San Diego, CA