Daniel E. Martínez

Associate Professor
Distinguished Scholar
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Social Sciences 417B

Daniel E. Martínez is a Distinguished Scholar & Associate Professor in the School of Sociology. He also serves as a co-director of the Binational Migration Institute in the Department of Mexican American Studies.

Dr. Martínez's research and teaching interests include race and ethnicity, undocumented immigration, and criminology. He is particularly interested in the social and legal criminalization of undocumented migration. Dr. Martínez has conducted extensive research on deportations and undocumented border crosser deaths along the US-Mexico border. He is a principal investigator of the Migrant Border Crossing Study, a Ford Foundation-funded research project that examines recently deported undocumented Mexican migrants' experiences crossing the US-Mexico border and residing in the United States.

His current research focuses on 1) Latina/o/x panethnicity, 2) the relationship between so-called “sanctuary” policies and public safety, and 3) the ecological correlates of officer-involved shootings and violent crime. Dr. Martínez's research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as American Sociological Review, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Justice Quarterly, Public Administration Review, Annals of the American Association of Geographers, and International Migration Review, among others.

Dr. Martínez is an affiliate of the School of Government and Public Policy, the Mexican American Studies Department, the School of Geography, Development & Environment, the Center for Latin American Studies, and the SBS Human Rights Practice Program. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the American Sociological Review and the Journal on Migration and Human Security.


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