Department of Sociology & Criminology
Lisa M. Martinez
Lisa M. Martinez, Associate Professor, received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2004. Her areas of expertise are racial/ethnic politics, Latina/o sociology, immigration, and inequality. She is a faculty affiliate of the DU Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship (DULCCES), an interdisciplinary program dedicated to conducting research on Latina/o communities in Denver and the Rocky Mountain West. Professor Martinez studies the role of community-based organizations in mobilizing Latinos for political action in Colorado as well as the impact of immigration policies on the social, economic, and political well-being of Latina/o communities. She is currently working on an interdisciplinary project with her DULCCES colleagues on the pathways to mobility among Latino and immigrant youth, and she is also collaborating with Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition on a study of school resource officers in Colorado school districts. She has published in Social Forces, Mobilization, and American Behavioral Scientist. Her courses include Social Inequality, Sociology of Immigration, Political Sociology, Latina/os in American Society, Race and Politics, Gender in Society, and Quantitative Research Methods.