Rubén Martinez

Rubén Martinez

Professor, Department of Sociology
Director Emeritus, Julian Samora Research Institute


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Dr. Rubén O. Martinez, Ph.D., is professor of sociology and former director of the Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University. His research interests include institutional and societal change, neoliberalism and Latinos, education and ethnic minorities, diversity leadership in higher education, youth development, Latino entrepreneurship, and environmental justice issues. Dr. Martinez is the editor of the Latinos in the United States book series with the Michigan State University Press. He has several published books and recently co-edited a volume titled Occupational Health Disparities among Racial and Ethnic Minorities: Formulating Research Needs and Directions and a special issue of Diálogo on Latina/os in the Midwest.  He is currently working on a special issue of Social Justice focusing on Neoliberalism and Public Higher Education.

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Recent Publications

Leong, F. T. L., Eggerth, D., Chang, D., Flynn, M. A., Ford, K., & Martinez, R. (Eds.). (2017). Occupational health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities: Formulating research needs and directions. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Martinez, R. (2017). Latino occupational health and the changing regulatory context of work. In F. T. L. Leong, D. E. Eggerth, C-H Chang, M. A. Flynn, J. K. Ford, R. O. Martinez (Eds.). Occupational health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities: Formulating research needs and directions. Washington, DC:  American Psychological Association.

Horner, P., Martinez, R., Vélez Ortiz, D., Kayitsinga, J., Acosta, S. (in press) Adapting a nutrition education intervention for Latinos. Journal of Education and Human Development.

Lopez, W. D., Horner, P., Doering-White, J., Delva, J., Sanders, L., & Martinez, R. (in press). Motherhood and mothering in the shadow of deportation. Social Work in Public Health.

Martinez, R. (2016). Epilogue: What Latino/a leadership is up against. In F. Hernandez & E. T. Murakami (Eds.), Brown-eyed leaders of the sun: A portrait of Latina/o educational leaders (pp. 119-123). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

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Recent Presentations

  • (June 2015)

    How the dairy industry manages its labor force

    Martinez, R. O., Escalante, W., Acosta, J., & Kayitsinga, J.

    Presented at the Cambio de Colores Latinos in the Heartland: Shaping the Future: Leadership for Inclusive Communities, University of Missouri

    Kansas City, Missouri

  • (November 2014)

    The impact of detainment and deportation on Latino youth and their families

    Martinez, R., Sanders, L., & Horner, P.

    Presented at the Julian Samora Research Institute 25th Anniversary Conference Latinos in 2050: Restoring the Public Good

    East Lansing, Michigan

  • (July 2014)

    From activism to data and back: Mixed methods research and community activism amid immigration reform in the United States

    Lopez, W., Doering-White, J., Horner, P., Sanders, L., Martinez, R., & Delva, J.

    Paper presented at the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development: Promoting Social and Economic Equality

    Melbourne, Australia

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