Marcos Burgos

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Marcos Burgos was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and has lived and worked in the Caribbean, the US, and Brazil. Between 2010 and 2013, he was engaged in a grassroots movement of resistance against Rio’s city government’s plans to remove his neighborhood (the Laboriaux section of Rocinha) and dozens of other strategically located favela communities in Rio de Janeiro, before the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. In 2016, Marcos completed his Ph.D. in Sociology from The Graduate Center, CUNY, where he studied under critical criminologists David Brotherton and Jock Young and was influenced by fellow CUNY urban scholars of the Lefebvrian tradition, such as David Harvey and Neil Smith. Currently, Marcos is a Research Fellow at the Center For Social Change and Transgressive Studies (CUNY) where he explores the socio-spatial dynamics of violent crime in low-income communities of Latin America and the Caribbean, Brazilian street gangs and organized crime, drug trafficking, corruption, urban development schemes, public security policies, and homicide reduction strategies. Marcos also works as a freelance social science researcher, urban ethnographer, and journalist based in Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela, Rocinha, where he has lived (intermittently) since 2001.

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