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Dr. Marcos Luna
Department of Geography
Salem State University
352 Lafayette Street
Salem, Massachusetts 01970-5353
Phone: (978) 542-6487
Fax: (978) 542-6269
mluna@salemstate.edu
Office: Meier Hall 326F
Office Hours: As Posted or By Appointment

About Me

I am a Professor in the Department of Geography, and the Geo-Information Sciences Graduate Program Coordinator at Salem State University. My research focus is on environmental justice and applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to the analysis of social and environmental inequities. In addition to academic research, I have worked with community groups throughout the greater Boston region on issues ranging from transportation equity to voter outreach and climate change adaptation.

I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in GIS, as well as courses on environmental justice, energy and the environment, and weather and climate. I received my Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware, with a focus on Technology, Environment, and Society. I am originally from Alhambra, California (5 miles east of Los Angeles). I currently live in East Boston with my wife and cats.

Education

Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy: Technology, Environment and Society, University of Delaware, 2007
Dissertation: "The Biomedicalization of Public Health and the Marginalization of the Environment: From the Environment to the Hospital and Back Again. A Policy History."
Marvin B. Sussman Dissertation Prize for Most Outstanding Dissertation 2007

M.A. in Geography, California State University, Los Angeles, 2000
Thesis: "PM10 and Traffic on Fremont Avenue: An Issue of Environmental Justice"

Current Activities and Research

My areas of expertise and interest include Energy, Environmental Justice, Environmental Policy, Environmental History, Political Ecology, Public Health, Social Justice and Inequality, and GIS analysis.

I am particularly interested in applications of geospatial technology to environmental sustainability and environmental justice challenges.

I am also interested in histories of landscape, environmental change, and perception. I am currently working on a project to document and understand how seasonality was represented and understood in early America, and how those representations or perceptions did, and did not, correspond with local geographic realities.

Selected Publications

Luna, Marcos. 2016. Analysis of Equity Impacts of Cancellation of MBTA Late-Night Service. A report to the Conservation Law Foundation, Alternatives for Community & Environment, and the Greater Four Corners Action Coalition.

Luna, Marcos. 2015. Review of Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Woods. The Northeastern Geographer.

Luna, Marcos, Tyler Abegg, and Fatou Mandiang. 2015. Analysis of the Salem State University Transit Network: An Assessment of Commuter Travel Timeliness and Efficiency. A Report to the North Shore Transportation Management Association (TMA) and the Salem State University Transportation Committee. 

Estrella-Luna, Neenah, and Marcos Luna. 2015. Analysis of Environmental Justice Criteria for Defining “Environmental Justice Populations” in Massachusetts. A Report to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs on behalf of the Massachusetts Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice and Alternatives for Community & Environment.

Luna, Marcos. 2014. "Equity in Transportation Planning: An Analysis of the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization." Professional Geographer.

Luna, Marcos. 2012. The Environment since 1945. New York: Facts on File.

Luna, Marcos. 2011. Equity Analysis of Boston MPO: An Analysis of Representation and Voting Structure. A Report to Alternatives for Community and Environment.

Luna, Marcos. 2011. Review of Eden on the Charles: the Making of Boston. The Northeastern Geographer 3.

Luna, Marcos. 2010. Review of Capitalizing on Environmental Injustice: The Polluter-Industrial Complex in the Age of Globalization. The Northeastern Geographer 2: 82.

Luna, et al. 2010. Voter Participation and Demographics in Lowell, MA: A GIS Study. A Report to ONE Lowell and the City of Lowell, Massachusetts.

Luna, Marcos. 2009. “Undergraduate Research: An Inquiry .” ASpect May Issue.

________ . 2008. “Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Distancing and the Geographic Relationship Between Electricity Consumption and Production in Massachusetts.” Social Science Quarterly 89(5): 578.

Luna, et al. 2008. Estimate of Limited English Speaking Eligible Voters in Select Communities of the Boston Metropolitan Area. A Report to Greater Boston Legal Services.

________. 2008. “1984 Bhopal Tragedy” in Disasters, Accidents, and Crises in American History: A Reference Guide to the Nation’s Most Catastrophic Events ed. Ballard C. Campbell (New York: Facts on File).

________. 2008. “1978 Love Canal Crisis” in Disasters, Accidents, and Crises in American History: A Reference Guide to the Nation’s Most Catastrophic Events ed. Ballard C. Campbell (New York: Facts on File).

________. 2008. “1948 Donora Smog Tragedy” in Disasters, Accidents, and Crises in American History: A Reference Guide to the Nation’s Most Catastrophic Events ed. Ballard C. Campbell (New York: Facts on File).

________. 2008. “United States Public Health Service” in Disasters, Accidents, and Crises in American History: A Reference Guide to the Nation’s Most Catastrophic Events ed. Ballard C. Campbell (New York: Facts on File).

________. 2007. “Experiential Learning.” ASpect 30 (May): 5.

________. 2006. “Region’s Energy Needs Loom Large.” Boston Globe, 1 October, Sunday Business section.

________. 2004. Review of Laboratory of Justice: The Supreme Court's 200 Year Struggle to Integrate Science and the Law, by David Faigman. Bimonthly Review of Law Books 15 (6): 13.

Baca, A., Vincent, J., Luna, M., Zhou, F., LaDochy, S., and Nickolaisen, S. 2000. “Fine-Scale Sampling and Analysis for Heavy Metals and Nitrogen- and Sulfur-Containing Species in East Los Angeles.” In Air Pollution VIII: 8th International Conference on Air Pollution 2000, edited by Brebbia, et al., 273-282. Southampton, UK: Wessex Institute of Technology Press.

Qiu, H., Gamon, J.A., and Luna, M.1998. “Monitoring Post Fire Succession in the Santa Monica Mountains using Hyperspectral Imagery.” Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering 3502:201-208.

Selected Presentations

Luna, Marcos. The Geography of Separate and Unequal: Modern-day Segregation in Boston. A Presentation to the City of Boston Mayor's Office of Resilience and Racial Equity at Boston City Hall (November 14, 2016).

Luna, M. The Environmental Justice Benefits of Increasing Solar Energy. Presentation at MassPIRG Kick-Off Event at Salem State University (September 17, 2015). 

Luna, M. A Season for all of America: Understanding the American seasonal imaginary. Presented to the International Conference of Historical Geographers 2015 (ICHG) at the Royal Geographical Society in London, England (July 6, 2015).

Luna, M. Geography of Segregation. Presented at The Ferguson Forum: Panel and discussion on systemic racism, the law and its relevance for communities of color. Hosted by Center for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts (October 21, 2014).

Luna, M. Climate Change Impacts in Boston. Presented at the first Climate Justice workshop hosted by Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE) in Roxbury, Massachusetts (June 11, 2014).

Luna, M. A Season For All Americans: Understanding A Seasonal Imaginary As Patrimony. Presented at the annual Association of American Geographers conference in Tampa, Florida (April 12, 2014).

Luna, M. The Patrimonialization of American Seasonal Landscapes. Presented at the annual New England-St. Lawrence Valley (NESTVAL) regional geography conference in Worcester, MA (October 18, 2013).

Luna, M. The Geography of Seasonal Symbols in America. Presented at the Boston Athenaeum in Boston, MA (July 29, 2013).

Luna, M. Geospatial Science as a STEM Subject. GET ENERGIZED! Powering the Future with Green STEM Education. Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Boston, MA (May 15, 2013).

Luna, M. The Geography of Seasonal Symbols in America. Presented at the annual Association of American Geographers conference in Los Angeles, California (April 11, 2013).

Luna, M. How Recycling Helps the Environment. An invited presentation to 5th grade science students at Brickett Elementary School in Lynn, Massachusetts (November 19, 2012).

Kohn, A. and M. Luna. Building a Community Energy Atlas. Presented at the annual Association of American Geographers conference in New York City (February 28, 2012).

Luna, M. Making MPOs mind their Ps and Qs: A challenge to social and environmental equity in metropolitan transportation planning. Presented at the annual Association of American Geographers conference in New York City (March 27, 2012).

Luna, M. Panelist. Energy Geographies: what, how and where do we teach energy issues? Presented at the annual Association of American Geographers conference in New York City (March 27, 2012).

Luna, M. At the intersection of wealth, poverty, and the environment: A look at historic environmental controversies through an environmental justice framework. Invited guest lecture at Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts (April 2011).

Luna, M. Voter Participation and Demographics in Lowell, MA: A GIS Study. Presented to ONE Lowell and the City of Lowell at Middlesex Community College, Lowell, Massachusetts. (September 30, 2010)

Hu, Y., Kenney, E., Luna, M., McGovern, M., and Theis, J. "Research Support @ Salem State." Presented at Salem State University Opening Day, Workshop Session B. (September 2, 2009)

Aske, J., Branscomb, E. Hains, R. and Luna, M. "Fostering Interdisciplinary Connections: A Roundtable Discussion." Presented at Salem State University Opening Day, Workshop Session A. (September 2, 2009)

Young, S., Ratner, K., and Luna, M. "Geographic Perspectives on the Future of Essex County." Presented to the Board of Directors of the Essex County Community Foundation, Mullen Advertising Agency, Wenham, Massachusetts. (April 4, 2009)

Luna. M. "Environmental Crises as (Sometime) Windows of Policy Opportunity." Presented at the New England Historical Association Conference, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts. (April 26, 2008)

Luna, M. "Exploring Environmental Equity through the Production and Consumption of Electricity in Massachusetts." Presented at the New England-St. Lawrence Valley (NESTVAL) division of the Association of American Geographers Conference, New Haven, Connecticut. (Nov 3, 2007)

Luna, M. "A Call for a ‘Fair Share’ Principle as a fundamental aspect of Environmental Justice: The Cape Wind Project and Nantucket Sound." Presented at the Annual Association of American Geographers Conference, Chicago, Illinois. (March 9, 2006)

Luna, M. "Environmental Justice." Panel discussant at the Crossroads Conversations on Justice, sponsored by the Salem State University Interdisciplinary Studies Department, Salem, Massachusetts. (March 6, 2006)

Estrella-Luna, N. and Luna, M. "Challenges to grassroots, community based environment and health projects: Lessons for supporters." Presented at the 132nd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Washington, D.C. (November 6 - 10, 2004)

Luna, M. "Understanding the ‘Toxic Tour’ as education and activism: Exploring the potential for critical praxis." Presented at the 100th Annual Association of American Geographers Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (March 18, 2004)

Luna, M. "It's Not Just About the Environment Stupid: Ecological vs. Environmental Justice." Panel discussant at the National Association of Science, Technology, and Society Conference, Baltimore, Maryland. (February 20, 2004)

Luna, M. "The Limited Role of Environmental Health for Social Justice." Presented at the 131st Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Francisco, California. (November 17, 2003)

Estrella-Luna, N. and Luna, M. "Learning from our mistakes: challenges to community based environment and health intervention." Co-presenter at the International Conference on Urban Health, New York City, New York. (October 15, 2003)

Luna, M. "The Limited Role of Environmental Health for Social Justice." Presented at the National Association of Science, Technology, and Society Conference, Baltimore, Maryland. (February 22, 2003)

Roe, A., Luna, M., Maragia, D.B., Inniss, V., Graham, E., and Smizik, S. "Just Community Development Using Community Environmental Profiles to Map New Directions – Wilmington, Delaware." Presented at the Environmental Justice Caucus of the Brownfields 2002 Conference: Investing in the Future, Charlotte, North Carolina. (November 15, 2002)

Luna, M. "Understanding the Conflict Between Environmental Justice and the Biomedical Model of Health." Presented at the National Association of Science, Technology, and Society Conference, Baltimore, Maryland. (February 2002)

Luna, M. "PM10 and Traffic on Fremont Avenue: An Issue of Environmental Justice." Presented at the 96th annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (March 2000)

Luna, M., Qiu, H. and Gamon, J. "Reconstructing fire history within the Santa Monica Mountains using hyperspectral imagery." Presented at the California Geographical Society conference, California State University, San Bernardino, CA. Garnered 3rd place scholarship award for graduate presentations. (May 1998)

Luna, M., Qiu, H. and Gamon, J. "Reconstructing fire history within the Santa Monica Mountains using hyperspectral imagery." Presented at the 94th annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, Massachusetts. (March 1998)

Selected Academic Service and Committee Membership

Selected Professional and Volunteer Service