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Juan Martinez


PHD, Sociology

I am an instructor of sociology in the Department of Social and Applied Sciences at Harold Washington College, where I have taught Introduction to the Study of Society (Soc 201), The Sociology of Urban Life (Soc 202) and The Sociology of Sex & Gender (Soc 207). I earned my B.A. in General Sociology at Northern Illinois University and my Phd in Sociology at The University of Illinois at Chicago.  My research interests are in the areas of urban sociology, race and ethnic relations, the sociology of religion, U.S. Latinos, qualitative research methods, and the sociology of place. I have published research articles on placemaking, the immigrant rights movement as well as on The Walking Dead. I enjoy playing my guitar, performing at open mics, fixing scooters, traveling to new places, grilling, and finding ways to get students excited about sociology and apply their sociological imagination.
Recent Publications|Martinez, Juan. (Forthcoming) “This is an Italian Church with a Large Hispanic Population: Factors and Strategies in White Ethno-Religious Place Making” (accepted by City & Community).
Martinez, Juan. 2017. “Religious Culture and Immigrant Civic Participation.”  In Religion and Progressive Activism: New Stories about Faith and Politics, edited by Ruth Braunstein, Todd Nicholas Fuist, and Rhys H. Williams. NYU Press. NY.
Martinez, Juan. 2016. “The Walking Dead: Sociological Implications of a Living Dead World.” Media Review. Humanity & Society. September 11.

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