Isabel Martinez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in the Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies, John Jay College Of Criminal Justice, CUNY

Isabel Martinez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies. Her teaching and research interests include transnationalism, Mexican youth immigration, Mexican borders, and the intersections of race, immigration and technology. Long involved with issues of educational attainment in Latina/o communities, her recently completed research examines the transnational familial, labor and educational experiences of unaccompanied Mexican immigrant youth in New York. Her article, “What’s Age Gotta Do With It? Understanding the Age-Identities and School-Going Practices of Mexican Immigrant Youth in New York City” was published in a special issue of The High School Journal focusing on Transnationalism, Latina/o Immigrants and Education, and has a forthcoming chapter on the US-Mexico border in Latinas/os and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia (Greenwood Press), scheduled for release in 2011. She is currently a Digital Humanities Initiative Fellow at Hamilton College, and has received fellowships and grants from the Consortium for Faculty Diversity, the Association of Black Sociologists, the Spencer Foundation, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Rice University, her M.A. in Educational Policy, Practice and Foundation from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her Ph.D. in Sociology and Education from Columbia University.