Dr. James Marquart is Named Provost and VP at Lamar University

Dr. James Marquart, former dean of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences who has served as vice provost of academic affairs at UT Dallas since 2012, has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at Lamar University. His appointment is effective July 1.

One of the nation’s leading experts on prison systems, Marquart joined the UT Dallas faculty in 2005 as professor and director the criminology program. Under his leadership, the program expanded degree programs and began offering the first doctoral degree in criminology in Texas. During his tenure, Marquart also served as associate provost.

“I was recruited to UT Dallas to develop a criminology department of the first order, and we’ve made important strides in that endeavor. I’m very proud of that group today and take great pride in watching the department ¬†grow in national stature,” Marquart said.

“Many people here have helped me along the way, but two really stand out. Dr. Brian Berry, former dean of EPPS, guided me well in building the criminology department, and Dr. Hobson Wildenthal, our provost, has been a wonderful mentor to me.  It’s been an amazing experience, and I look forward to new challenges knowing that my time here will guide me forever.”

Marquart’s research and teaching interests include prison organizations, capital punishment and criminal justice policy. Among his many accomplishments, he advised the California Criminal Prison System as it implemented the racial integration of its prisons, and he co-wrote a book about the desegregation of Texas prisons, First Available Cell. His academic record includes more than $2 million in funded research activity, more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and seven books.

Marquart has held several national leadership positions, including president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and director of the National Institute for Victims Studies.

Before joining UT Dallas, Marquart was a faculty member at Sam Houston State University.¬† He earned his bachelor’s degree in law enforcement at Western Illinois University, his master’s degree in sociology at Kansas State University and his doctorate in sociology from Texas A&M University. While completing his doctorate, he worked as a prison guard in the Texas Department of Corrections and the Missouri State Penitentiary.