Marcos was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and has lived, worked, and studied in the Caribbean, the US, and Brazil. Dr. Burgos is a certified high school special education teacher and also has over two years of university teaching experience.
Between 2010 and 2013, Dr. Burgos was engaged in grassroots movements of resistance against Rio’s city government’s plans to remove dozens of strategically located favela communities in Rio de Janeiro, before the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. His neighborhood, Laboriaux, which is located at the top portion of Rocinha, and where he has lived (intermittently) since 2001, was one of the communities targeted by forced eviction.
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 critical urban tradition, such as David Harvey and Neil Smith. Currently, Marcos is completing a post-doctorate in the Department of Social Service at PUC-RIO and is also Research Fellow at the Center For Social Change and Transgressive Studies (CUNY) where he explores the social and geographic dimensions of inequality, corruption, and violent crime in low-income communities of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Dr. Burgos is a veteran scholar of Brazilian street gangs and organized crime groups, local and transnational drug trafficking markets, corruption, urban development schemes, public security policies, and homicide reduction strategies. Marcos also works as a freelance translator, English instructor, social science researcher, urban ethnographer, and journalist based in Rio de Janeiro.