As an educator, I believe sociology is rewarding, applicable, and empowering. I challenge my students to develop their sociological imagination and critical thinking skills so they have the tools be informed, engaged, and empowered global citizens to make positive social changes in their own lives as well as the lives of others. I am also passionate about civic and voter engagement and have volunteered with local civic organizations (Chicago Votes). In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing guitar, and working on scooters.
Ph.D., Sociology, 2014, The University of Illinois at Chicago
M.A., Sociology, 2007, The University of Illinois at Chicago
B.A., General Sociology, 2003, Northeastern Illinois University
Martinez, Juan. 2017. “Religious Culture and Immigrant Civic Participation.” Pp. 205-224 in Religion and Progressive Activism: New Stories about Faith and Politics, edited by Ruth Braunstein, Todd Nicholas Fuist, and Rhys H. Williams. NYU Press.
Martinez, Juan R. 2017. Review of Vanishing Eden: White Construction of Memory, Meaning, and Identity in a Racially Changing City by Michael T. Maly and Heather M. Dalmage. American Journal of Sociology, 123 (3): 920-922.
Davis, Stephen P., Juan R. Martinez, and R. Stephen Warner. 2010. “The Role of the Catholic Church in the Chicago Immigrant Mobilization.” Pp.79-96 in ¡Marcha!: Latino Chicago and the Immigrant Rights Movement, edited by Amalia Pallares and Nilda Flores-Gonzalez. U of I Press.
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