John Marx

John Marx, Ph.D.

Position Title
Vice Provost, Academic Planning at Aggie Square


John Marx, Professor of English, became Vice Provost for Academic Planning, Aggie Square in 2022. He is the academic lead on a team bringing to fruition a 25-acre innovation campus in Sacramento. His responsibilities include overseeing implementation of academic spaces, including a two-story teaching center within the complex and academic programming aligned with undergraduate living-learning communities. He works closely with faculty, university leadership, the Office of Budget and Institutional Analysis, and the Office of Foundation and Corporate Engagement.

Marx has served in numerous leadership roles for more than a decade, including Interim Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education in 2022-23, Interim Director of the University Writing Program and Writing Center starting in 2021, and Chair of the Department of English 2016-21. He joined UC Davis in 2007.

A member of several editorial boards and journals, Marx currently serves as Associate Editor for the academic journal Novel: A Forum on Fiction. He is the author of Media U: How the Need to Win Audiences Has Shaped Higher Education, The Modernist Novel and the Decline of Empire and Geopolitics and the Anglophone Novel, 1890-2011. He also was an American Council of Education Fellow from 2018-19.

Marx earned both a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in English literature from Brown University and a bachelor’s degree from the Gallatin School of New York University.