Rod Martinez is a research associate in the Justice Policy Center. For nearly a decade, Martinez has worked with persons in the criminal legal system in various capacities. His current research examines the intersections of the criminal legal system, Black and Latino masculinities, and noncarceral approaches to communal violence. An expert in community-engaged methods and methodologies, he regularly leads, facilitates, and consults on these topics. Before joining Urban, Martinez was an inaugural Perez Research Fellow with Bright Research Group, a community and equity-centered research organization in Oakland, California. As an instructor of record, he teaches a mix of introductory and advanced courses in sociology and community-based research methods.