Mario received a B.A. in Social Sciences (with an emphasis in History) at the University of the Virgin Islands, M.A. in African Diaspora History at Morgan State University, and M.A. in African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Throughout his academic career, he has worked and volunteered on projects that have impacted the local and wider academic community at a number of institutions and organizations, which include the University of the Virgin Islands, the University of Maryland, Community College of Baltimore County, Lexis Nexis Academic and Library Solutions, and TransAfrica Forum. At present, he is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley. He has researched, taught and written in the areas of African and African diaspora histories, diaspora studies, maroon studies and colonial and post-colonial studies (on the topic of political autonomy). His most recent and narrower research interest has been focused on how diaspora is lived and critically practiced in various communities throughout the globe. In examining diasporic communities, he focuses on their engagement with the issues of history, tradition, the modern and political autonomy. Hence, his tentative dissertation title is The Work of Diaspora: History, Tradition, and Sovereignty in Modern Jamaican Maroon Communities.