Rod Martinez is a research analyst in the Justice Policy Center, working on issues related to corrections and reentry. Following the Du Boisian model of public and applied sociology, Martinez has previously collaborated with a number of communities, agencies, and organizations in Chicago, Oakland, and Washington, DC, to conduct community-based research. In 2019, he was named an inaugural Perez Research Fellow at Bright Research Group in Oakland, California. His research and writing have appeared in a number of outlets.
Martinez is pursuing his doctoral degree in sociology at the University of Maryland, where his research examines the intersections of the criminal justice system, race, gender, and political sociology. He was an instructor in a nonprofit studies department where he taught community-based research methods.