Department of Sociology



Mark H. Harvey
Associate Professor of Sociology
Phone: (561) 297-3279
Office: CU 261/Boca Campus
Research: Social inequality and the welfare state; the political economy of race, class and gender; the sociology of space; rural poverty; community development; social theory and qualitative methods. 
Teaching: Gender and society; racial and ethnic relations; migration; and poverty.



Mark Harvey is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Florida Atlantic University. He earned his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he specialized in the political-economy of rural poverty, spatial inequality, and social policy. His research focuses on understanding and confronting social inequality, specifically, the ways in which inequalities are reproduced, restructured, and challenged as neoliberal economic and social policies intersect with the racialized, gendered, and spatialized dynamics of globalization. Dr. Harvey’s research and teaching are influenced by the belief that social science can change the world for the better. Prior to becoming an academic he received a practical education on the suffering caused by ill-devised social policies by working as a counselor with mentally-ill and mentally-retarded adults as well with adolescent sex offenders. He carries those experiences into the classroom every day and draws on them in his efforts to help students develop critical sociological imaginations.


Selected Publications

Harvey, M.H. 2013. Inside the “Smoke-Filled Room:” Neoliberal Devolution and the Politics of Workfare in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 37(2):641-62.

Harvey, M.H. 2013. Consensus-Based Community Development, Concentrated Rural Poverty, and Local Institutional Structures: The Obstacle of Race in the Lower Mississippi Delta. Community Development, 44(2): 257-273.  

Harvey, M.H. 2011. Welfare Reform and Household Survival: The Interaction of Structure and Network Strength in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Journal of Poverty, 15(1):43-64.

Harvey, M.H. 2010. Welfare Reform and Household Survival in a Transnational Community: Findings from the Rio Grande Valley, Texas.The Applied Anthropologist, 30(1-2):19-26.  

Harvey, M.H. and L.J. Beaulieu. 2010. “Implementing Community Development in the Mississippi Delta: The Effect of Organizations on Resident Participation.” Pp.146-177 in Mobilizing Communities: Asset Building as a Community Development Strategy, edited by G.P. Green and A. Goetting.Philadelphia, PA:Temple University Press.  

Harvey, M.H. and K. Pickering. 2010. “Color-Blind Welfare Reform or New Cultural Racism? Evidence from Rural Mexican- and Native-American Communities.” Pp. 61-79 in Welfare Reform in Rural Places: Comparative Perspectives, edited by P. Milbourne. Bingley, UK: Emerald. 

Pickering, K., M.H. Harvey, G.F. Summers, and D. Mushinski. 2006. Welfare Reform in  Persistent Rural Poverty: Dreams, Disenchantments, and Diversity. University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University Press.  


Work in Progress

Harvey, M.H. Community Development at the Crossroads: Negotiating race, poverty, and politics in the Mississippi Delta. 


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