Mark Gross

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Population Studies


Mark Gross is a mixed-methods sociologist whose research focuses on a wide range of issues, from violence and informal social control, to urbanization, migration, and health.  His dissertation, More Than Just ‘Mob Violence’: An In-Depth Look at Vigilante Violence in South African Townships, examined vigilante violence and informal social control in South Africa. This research is based on extensive fieldwork and explains the geographic variations in South African vigilante violence by drawing on the well-established literature on social disorganization, informal social control, and violence. A solo-authored paper from his dissertation, "Vigilante Violence and 'Forward panic' in Johannesburg's Townships," has recently been published in Theory and Society

Mark has also done research on racial inequality and residential segregation in the U.S. and demography in Africa. Mark’s work has resulted in multiple conference presentations, including at the Population Association of America and American Sociological Association annual meetings, and three co-authored publications, ““Doing” and “Undoing” Gender in Fathering Research: Evidence from the Birth to Twenty Cohort Study in South Africa” in Fathering and, “Kin in Daily Routines: Time Use and Childrearing in Rural South Africa” in the Journal of Comparative Family Studies, and “Moving Beyond the Household: Innovations in Data Collection on Kinship” forthcoming in Population Studies.

Currently, Mark is working with colleagues at Brown University and the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, on an NIH-funded project on migration, urbanization, and health in South Africa.  This research focuses on the sociological determinants and health consequences for migrants from rural South Africa to the urban centers of Gauteng.

Mark is also a passionate and experienced instructor. He has taught four semesters of undergraduate courses of his own design at the University of Maryland-College Park and Hunter College of the City University of New York.

Mark's CV


Inequality, Migration, South Africa, Urbanization, Violence