Karin Martin

Karin Martin

Assistant Professor
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University of California, Berkeley

Ph.D. Goldman School of Public Policy, August 2012

 Fields: Criminal Justice and Race, Multi-method Research Design, Political Psychology

Dissertation: “Monetary Sanctions in Federal Criminal Sentencing: Significance, Prison, and Policy”

Committee: Rob MacCoun (Chair), Henry Brady, Frank Zimring, Jack Glaser

M.A. Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science, May 2009

Master’s Essay: “An Applied Collective Action Failure Analysis of the California Prison Health Care System Receivership”

M.P.P. Goldman School of Public Policy, May 2006

Master’s Thesis: “A Model State Policy for the Treatment of the Wrongfully Convicted”

Stanford University

A.B. Psychology (Social) June 1995

Stanford in Paris, Paris, France 1994


Karin Martin, PhD is Assistant Professor of Public Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice where she is also Faculty Director of the Tow Policy Advocacy Fellowship (a program of the Prisoner Reentry Institute). She is the Deputy Executive Officer of the Policy, Oversight, and Administration specialization of CUNY's Graduate Center Criminal Justice doctoral program.

Her areas of expertise are crime policy and multi-method research design, with an emphasis on the origins and consequences of unwarranted racial disparities. Her current projects include a multi-method investigation of criminal justice debt, a survey experiment examining dehumanization in the criminal justice system, and an assessment of the role of implicit racial bias in support for punitive crime policy.

She has been a Fellow at the Center for Research on Social Change at UC Berkeley, a Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Fellow, a National Science Foundation-funded Fellow in the Integrated Graduate Education Research and Training (IGERT) Program in Politics, Economics, Psychology, and Public Policy, and was a 2009 RAND Summer Associate.