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Department of Sociology & Criminology


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Lisa M. Martinez

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Lisa M. Martinez

Sturm Hall 425
Phone: 303-871-2994
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areas of expertise/research interests

Political sociology; Latina/o sociology; immigration; race, class, and gender; minority health; statistics and research methods 

professional biography

Professor Martinez is Professor of Sociology and Criminology and a Core faculty member 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. In terms of scholarship, she studies the impact of immigration policies on the social, economic, and political well-being of Latina/o communities as well as educational, health-related, and job market outcomes among Latinas/os and immigrants. She is currently working on an interdisciplinary project with her DULCCES colleagues on the pathways to mobility among Latino and immigrant youth.

Her course offerings at DU include Social Inequality, Immigrant America, Political Sociology, Latinas/os in American Society, Race and Politics, Quantitative Methods, and Gender in Society.


PhD   Sociology, University of Arizona
MA    Sociology, University of Arizona
BA     Sociology, University of Texas

selected publications

"Becoming American." Pp. 57-65 in Forced Out and Fenced In: Immigration Tales from the Field, by Tanya Golash-Boza (ed.). Oxford University Press, 2017.

"Constrained Desires: The Romantic Partner Preferences of College-Educated Latinas" (with Jazmin A. Muro). 2016. Latino Studies 14:172-191.

“Dehumanizing and Humanizing Pedagogies: Lessons from U.S. Latina/o and Undocumented Youth through the P-16 Pipeline” (with Maria Salazar and Debora Ortega). 2016. Pp. 131-148 in Race, Equity, and the Learning Environment: The Global Relevance of Critical and Inclusive Pedagogies in Higher Education,  by Frank Tuitt, Chayla Haynes and Saran Stewart (eds.). Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

"Dreams Deferred: The Impact of Legal Reforms on Undocumented Latina/o Youth." 2014.  American Behavioral Scientist  58:1873-1890.

"Challenges of Ascending the Ivory Tower: Latina/o College Students' Experiences at a Predominantly White College" (with Julio Alas and Manuel Ceballos). 2013. In  The Plight of Students of Color at Predominantly White Institutions: A Critical Reader , by Ray Von Robertson (ed.). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company. 

"Mobilizing Marchers in the Mile-High City: The Role of Community-Based Organizations." 2011. Pp. in 123-41 in  Rallying for Immigrant Rights,  by Irene Bloemraad and Kim Voss (eds.). University of California Press.

"Politicizing the Family: The Significance of Cultural Frames on Latino Protest in Colorado." 2010. Latino Studies 8:463-84.

"Race/Ethnic Disparities in Self-Rated Health: The Mediating Role of SES and Social Trust" (with Wade T. Roberts and Sophie Kaufmann). 2010. Sociological Focus 43:349-68.

"Mobilization Matters: Moving Immigrant and Latina Women into the Public Sphere." 2010. Pp. 127-45 in Contours of Citizenship: Women, Diversity and the Practices of Citizenship, by Margaret Abraham, Esther Ngan-ling Chow, Laura Maratou-Alipranti, and Evangelia Tastsoglou (eds.). Ashgate Publishers.

"Flowers from the Same Soil: Latino Solidarity in the Wake of the 2006 Immigrant Mobilizations." 2008. American Behavioral Scientist 52:557-579.

"The Individual and Contextual Determinants of Protest among Latinos." 2008. Mobilization 13:180-204.

"Yes We Can: Latino Participation in Unconventional Politics." 2005. Social Forces 84:135-55.