Isabel Martinez, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice-CUNY

Associate Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice-CUNY
John Jay College
524 W 59th St
New York, NY 10019
Phone (212) 237-8000

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Areas of Expertise:

  • Higher Education & Teaching
  • Student Support
  • Youth Immigration

My research has focused on Latinx Life Courses, including those of unaccompanied Mexican minors and education, as well as best practices for teaching and supporting students in Hispanic-Serving Institutions.  My current research focuses on the impact of COVID-19 and anticipated recovery on three Latinx groups: Faculty in Hispanic Serving-Institutions, Young Adults in New York City and El Paso and Stand-Up Comedians in New York City.

 Research on the impact of COVID-19 on these three different populations can shed light on how Latinxs are experiencing COVID-19 across different fields including education, the labor market and in the performance arts, as well as whether or not recovery efforts will be exclusionary (like previous crises recoveries) or inclusionary, a feature that will have significant impacts on Latinx life courses and chances.

 I am also currently creating a digital archive that will document the history of Latinx Stand-Up Comedy in New York City.  This is important to mark the robust contributions that Latinx performers and other Latinx agents in the comedy field have made to New York City and U.S. comedy. 

 Topics: Youth Immigration, Higher Education and Teaching/Student Support, especially in Hispanic-Serving Institutions, COVID-19