Marcus Board, Jr. is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science. He holds an MA from the Department of Political Science, an MA from MAPSS in 2008, and a BA in Africana Studies and Political Science from the University of Maryland - Baltimore County (UMBC).

His doctoral research is a reconsideration of political engagement beyond a paradigm of observable action, instead looking towards decision-making within externally framed contexts. Specifically, Marcus’ theoretical claims utilize qualitative and quantitative data analyses to examine interrelated responses to political and labor markets towards a better understanding of self-determination and its role in facilitating or inhibiting autonomy.