Isabel Martinez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies. She earned her doctorate in Sociology and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Rice University. Her teaching and research interests include the life courses of Latina/o adult and youth immigrants and the intersections of Latina/o immigration, education and technology.
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 she has a forthcoming chapter on the US-Mexico border in Latinas/os and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia (Greenwood Press), scheduled for release in 2013. She is currently a Digital Humanities Initiative Fellow at Hamilton College and a McNair Faculty Fellow, and has received fellowships and grants from the American Education Research Association, the Consortium for Faculty Diversity, the Association of Black Sociologists, the Spencer Foundation, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Her dissertation was also honored as a finalist in the 2011-2012 American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education/Educational Testing Services Outstanding Dissertation Competition.
Most recently, she is working on several projects including, with the support of the Deutsche Bank of Americas Foundation and in collaboration with various community and educational partners, the design of an educational program that would serve unaccompanied, out-of-school Mexican immigrant teenagers, and with partners in the United States, Mexico and Canada and the support of the PIERAN, or the Programa Interinstitucional de Estudios sobre la Región de América del Norte, a research project that examines the educational and labour expectations of Mexican immigrant young adults, post-NAFTA.
She recently received a PSC-CUNY grant to begin research on the impact of detention and deportation on the life courses of unaccompanied Mexican immigrant minors in New York and Texas and the 2012 John Jay Distinguished Teaching Award. She will be on fellowship leave in 2013-2014 as a Woodrow Wilson National Foundation Fellow to complete her manuscript examining the life courses of unaccompanied, out-of-school Mexican immigrant youth living in New York City, tentatively entitled "Making Transnational Workers from Youth: Mexican Teenagers in Search of the Mexican Dream." She serves on several executive boards, including the CUNY Institute Mexican Studies and Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture without Borders.