Shannon Márquez

Shannon Márquez

Dean of Undergraduate Global Engagement
Columbia University

Shannon Márquez is the dean of global engagement and director of the Center of Undergraduate Engagement (UGE), Columbia University. Prior to that, she was the vice provost for international development and a professor of global and environmental health, civil and environmental engineering, and biodiversity, earth and environmental science at Drexel University, where she provided leadership in developing capacity-building and research partnerships to address global health, international development, and the sustainable development goals (SDGs); founded the Drexel Global Health Initiative and the Dornsife Global Development Scholars Program; and developed and launched a faculty-led intensive field course on community health and environment in Cuba. An experienced senior international officer, global health scholar, “public health engineer” and environmental scientist, Márquez has garnered international recognition for her work on achieving the SDGs in low- and middle-income countries with a particular focus on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); the global water crisis and impacts on women and maternal and child health; and the environmental burden of disease in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has held distinguished international faculty appointments in The Gambia, Senegal, France, UK, and USA. Márquez holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Prairie View A&M University, a master’s in civil engineering from Texas A&M University, and a PhD in environmental sciences and engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.