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Scott Markley


Contact info

Geography-Geology Building, Room 120A
Research Interests:

Racial capitalism and sub/urban space, maps/GIS, housing and neighborhoods, sub/urban geography

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My research focuses on questions at the intersection of sub/urban geography and racial capitalism. This frequently involves multi-method investigations into housing segregation and the racially uneven geographies of sub/urban development. For a recent example of this work, see here.

I also like to produce GIS data products that assist researchers and organizations working on similar questions. For example, with my colleagues, I recently produced a dataset containing housing unit count estimates for every census tract in the US going back to 1940. The paper. The data. The interactive map.


PhD Candidate in Geography, Univ. of Georgia
M.S. in Geography, Univ. of Tennessee
B.A. in Geography, Georgia Southern Univ.

Dissertation/Thesis Title:
Planning Spatial Obsolescence: Racial Capitalism, the Home Owners' Loan Corporation, and the Production of Racialized Devaluation
Selected Publications:

Markley, S., S. Holloway, T. Hafley, and M. Hauer. (2022). Housing unit and urbanization estimates for the continental U.S. in consistent tract boundaries, 1940–2019. Scientific Data 9 (8).

Markley, S., T. Hafley, C. Allums, S. Holloway, and H. Chung. (2020). The limits to homeownership: racial capitalism, Black wealth, and the appreciation gap in Atlanta. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 44(2): 310-328.

Allums, C. and S. Markley. (2020). The new suburban secession: a postfascist turn in Atlanta’s cityhood movement. Metropolitics, 10 March 2020, URL:

Markley, S. and C. Allums. (forthcoming). Postfascist (sub)urbanism: “social cleansing” in the age of Trump. In B. Warf (ed.), Political Landscapes in the Age of Donald Trump. New York: Routledge.

Markley, S. (2018). Suburban gentrification? Examining the geographies of New Urbanism in Atlanta’s inner suburbs. Urban Geography 39(4): 606-30.

Markley, S. (2018). New Urbanism and race: an analysis of neighborhood change in suburban Atlanta. Journal of Urban Affairs. 40(8): 1115-31.

Markley, S. (2018). From exclusion to expulsion: demolition, displacement, and race in Atlanta’s northern suburbs. Atlanta Studies. October 30, 2018.

Markley, S. and M. Sharma. (2016). Keeping Knoxville Scruffy? Urban entrepreneurialism, creativity, and gentrification down the urban hierarchy. Southeastern Geographer, 56(4): 384-408.

Markley, S. and M. Sharma. (2016). Gentrification in the revanchist suburb: the politics of removal in Roswell, Georgia. Southeastern Geographer, 56(1): 57-80.


Articles Featuring Scott Markley

The Levanthal Map and Education Center at the Boston Public Library sat down with Ph.D. Geography student, Scott Markley, earlier this year to discuss their ongoing dissertation work on creating a user-friendly geospatial dataset from…

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Steve Holloway


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