Karin Martin

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 a Visiting Professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy at University of California, Berkeley for 2016. Her areas of expertise are crime policy and multi-method research design, with an emphasis on the origins and consequences of unwarranted racial disparities. Actively engaged in scholarly and policy work on monetary penalties, she is a member of a five-year research project examining the use of CJFO’s in eight states and she has given testimony on the issue of criminal justice debt to the New York State Assembly and to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

Dr. Martin studied Psychology at Stanford University and worked in the non-profit sector in the San Francisco Bay Area before attending University of California, Berkeley where she earned an MPP, an MA in Political Science, and a PhD in Public Policy. She was a post-doctoral scholar in the Psychology Department at UCLA where she was also a Fellow with the Center for Policing Equity.

Her work has appeared in Social Issues and Policy Review, Law and Human Behavior, and Journal of Social and Political Psychology. 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.