James Marquart Biography

James Marquart PhotoJames Marquart, Lamar University’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, earned a bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University in 1976. Later that year, he enrolled in the Department of Sociology graduate program at Kansas State University where he graduated with his master’s degree in 1978.  His Ph.D. in sociology was earned in 1983 from Texas A&M.

Before joining Lamar University in 2015, Dr. Marquart served the University of Texas-Dallas in various capacities including vice provost of academic affairs, associate provost, dean of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, and department chair and professor of the criminology program.  Prior to joining the UTD faculty, he was a professor and director of several criminal justice institutes at Sam Houston State University.  He began his academic career on faculty at Mississippi State University in 1983.  Additionally, Dr. Marquart has worked as a correctional officer and sergeant for the Texas Department of Corrections and as a correctional officer in the Missouri State Penitentiary.

One of the nation’s leading experts on prison systems, Dr. Marquart’s extensive academic record includes more than $2 million in funded research activity, 50 presentations, more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and 7 books.  Research and teaching interests include prison organizations, capital punishment, and criminal justice policy.  Previous professional activities include service as president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and selection as an academic fellow for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.  He has received the 2005 Bruce Smith Senior Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the Leverhulme Visiting Professorship in 1998 from Queen Mary and Westfield College - University of London, the American Library Association's Outstanding Book Award for 1995, and the ACJS Outstanding Book Award in 1991.