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Rod Martinez

Rod Martinez

Research Associate

At Urban, I am able to truly mobilize rigorous research and collaboratively work with local communities to create change on important social, political, and economic issues.


Rod Martinez is a research associate in the Justice Policy Center. His research agenda includes work to improve the lives of formerly imprisoned people, the well-being of Black and Latino men and boys, and noncarceral approaches to communal safety, with a focus on the intersections of mass imprisonment, race, gender, and social movements. He is especially interested in community-based research methods and using research to shape public policy and practice.

As an instructor, he has taught courses in sociology and community-based research methods. In 2019, he was named an inaugural Perez Research Fellow at Bright Research Group in Oakland, CA.