Rubén Martinez


Rubén Martinez

  • Title: Professor
  • Email:    Phone: 517-432-1317
  • Office: 93 Kellogg

Dr. Rubén O. Martinez is professor of sociology and director of the Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University. His research interests include institutional and societal change, neoliberalism and Latinos, education and ethnic minorities, diversity leadership in higher education, youth development, Latino entrepreneurship, and environmental justice issues. Dr. Martinez is the editor of the Latinos in the United States book series with the Michigan State University Press. He has several published books and currently working on a special issue of Social Justice focused on “Neoliberalism and Public Higher Education.”

Associated Programs: Julian Samora Research Institute
Research Areas: Community and Urban; Environment; Health and Medicine
Selected Publications:

Martinez, R. Book Series Editor. Latinos in the United States. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Present Press (9 Volumes to date).

Martinez, R. 2018.  “Neoliberalism and the Context of Public Higher Education for Latinos,” In A. G. de los Santos, L. I. Rendón, G. F. Keller, A. Acereda, E. M. Bensimon, and R. J. Tannenbaum (Eds.), Moving Forward: Policies, Planning, and Prompting Access of Hispanic College Students. (Pp. 95-114). Tempe, AZ: Bilingual Press, Hispanic Research Center.

Martinez, R. & Coronado, J. (Guest Eds.). 2018. “Latinas and Latinos in the Midwest: Historic and Contemporary Issues,” Special issue of Diálogo: Interdisciplinary Journal. 20(1).

Coronado, J., & Martinez, R. 2018.  “Hicimos el camino en Michigan: Latino Business Pioneers,” Diálogo: Interdisciplinary Journal. 20(1): 51-64.

Martinez, R., Santiago, O. J., Espino, D. V., & Vélez-Ortiz, D. 2017. “The Relationship of Chronic Pain to Attitudes toward Suicide and Physician-Assisted Suicide among Latino and Non-Hispanic White Elders,” Journal of Palliative Care and Hospice, 1(1): 1-13.

Tapia, M. & Martinez, R. 2017. “Ethics Review and the Minority Ethnographer: A Case Study in Racialized Invalidation,” Race and Justice, 7 (2): 127-143.

Leong, F. T. L., Eggerth, D., Chang, D., Flynn, M. A., Ford, K., & Martinez, R. (Eds.) 2017. Occupational Health Disparities Among Racial and Ethnic Minorities: Formulating Research Press Needs and Directions. Washington, DC: APA Books.

Martinez, R., & Rocco, R. (Guest Eds.) 2016. Neoliberalism and Latinos, Special Issue of Latino Studies, 14 (1).

Horner, P., Martinez, R., Vélez Ortiz, D., Kayitsinga, J., & Acosta, S. 2015. “Adapting a Nutrition Education Intervention for Latinos,” Journal of Education and Human Development, 4(4): 84-90 .

Horner, P., & Martinez, R. 2015. “Hay que Sufrir: The Meaning of Suffering among Former Mexican American Migrant Farmworkers.” Latino Studies, 13(4): 523-541.

Erskine, R., Martinez, R., & Contreras, G. A. 2015. "Cultural lag: A new challenge for mastitis control on dairy farms in the U.S," Journal of Dairy Science, 98 (11): 8240-8244 .

Schewe, R., Kayitsinga, J., Contreras, G. A., Odom, C., Coats, W., Durst, P., Hovingh, E., Mobley, R., Moore, S., Martinez, R., & Erskine, R. 2015. “Herd management and social variables associated with bulk tank somatic cell counts in dairy herds in the Eastern United States," Journal of Dairy Science, 98 (11): 7650-7665

Vélez Ortiz, D., Martinez, R., & Espino, D. 2015. “Framing Effects on Resuscitation Preferences among Latino and White Elders,” Social Work in Health Care. 54: 708-724. 

Leon, D., & Martinez, R. (Eds.). 2013. Latino College Presidents: In Their Own Words. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Martinez, R. (Ed.). 2011. Latinos in the Midwest.  East Lansing, MI:  Michigan State University Press.

Aguirre, A., & Martinez, R. 2007. Diversity Leadership in Higher Education.  ASHE Higher Education Report, No. 32 (3).  San Francisco, CA:  Jossey-Bass.