Martín received his M.A. in Latin American Studies under the tutelage of Dr. John Foran and Dr. William I. Robinson at UC Santa Barbara. His collaboration with these seminal sociologists resulted in an interdisciplinary project that analyzed historically indigenous mobilization as a response to an intense and protean capitalist globalization. Currently, Martín is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at UC Irvine where he is currently working on a case-study project that historically studies the causal conditions that resulted in high or low levels of political repression during Mexico’s transition to democracy (1980-2005). The project’s goal is to determine what social, economic, and political conditions within Mexico are conducive to stable democratic development and what said conditions exacerbate political instability that results in spikes in political violence during an era of institutional restructuring.
At UC Mexus, Martín will use the vast resources at UC Riverside for detailed data analysis that will enrich his project. Moreover, he plans on collaborating with professors in Sociology, Ethnic Studies, and Political Science to enhance the interdisciplinary components of his project.