Lisa M. Martinez
Professor; Interim Asst Prov ODEI
What I do
As a sociologist, my scholarship contributes to conversations about the nuances and contours of Latinos’ lives, which I intertwine with my teaching and service. I have published work on Latino political participation, the 2006 immigrant rights mobilizations, and the mobility pathways of undocumented youth. My work has been published in Social Forces, Mobilization, American Behavioral Scientist, Ethnicities, Latino Studies, and Law & Policy. I am currently working on a book manuscript on the impact of federal and state-level legal reforms on the trajectories of undocumented youth and young adults.
Immigration, Latina/o/x sociology, Social Inequality
Lisa M. Martinez is Professor of Sociology at the University of Denver. She received her PhD from the University of Arizona in 2004. Her areas of expertise are racial/ethnic politics, Latina/o sociology, immigration, and inequality. Professor Martinez is also a faculty affiliate of the DU Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship (DULCCES), IRISE, and CRES, the new Critical Race and Ethnic Studies minor.
- Ph.D., Sociology, University of Arizona, 2004
- MA, Sociology, University of Arizona, 2000
- BA, Sociology, University of Texas, 1998
- American Sociological Association
- Society for the Study of Social Problems
- Association for the Study of Higher Education
- National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies
The corpus of my research analyzes the experiences of native-born and undocumented Latinos in three domains: (1) the political sphere; (2) schools and institutions of higher education; and (3) more recently, law and policy. The question animating much of this work is, “How do individual characteristics along the lines of race/ethnicity, nativity, and documentation status intersect with structural dynamics to inform Latinos’ life chances?” Conceptually, my work has contributed to understandings about political participation, processes of mobilization, and liminal legality, which are threaded together by a focus on the contexts in which Latinos are embedded.
Areas of Research
- Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline
- Faculty Service Award