Andrea "Amy" Martinez, Ph.D.

Andrea Martinez, Ph.D.Assistant Professor





Contact Information:

Phone: 408-924-7045
Office: HB 211

Office Hours:  Dr. Martinez will not be teaching or advising for the Fall 2024 semester.


About Dr. Martinez:

Dr. Amy Andrea Martinez earned her doctoral degree in Criminal Justice from the Criminal Justice Studies Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York. Her research interests include Mexican/Chicano Gang Culture, Mass Incarceration, Third World & Indigenous Qualitative Research Methods, U.S. (Settler) Colonialism, Police Use of Lethal Force, and Prison/Police Abolition. As a first-generation, working-class, and system impacted Xicana from Southern California, her experiences inform her commitment to decolonial gang research on Mexican/Chicanx families and their associations and experiences with gang and street life.

Areas of Interests:

  • Mexican/Chicano Gang Culture
  • Juvenile/Criminal Legal Systems
  • Punishment
  • Urban Ethnography
  • Police Use of Lethal Force
  • Prison & Police Abolition
  • Third World & Indigenous Qualitative Research Methods
  • U.S. (Settler) Colonialism

Recent Publications:

Martinez, A., A. and Flores, H.. (2022). “Chicana/o/x Abolitionist Genealogies Uncovered to Advance the Theory and Praxis of Police Abolition in the United States.” In Routledge Transforming the Institution: Can We Achieve Justice and Legitimacy in Policing?. Routledge.

Martinez, A., A. (Forthcoming). “Terca Pero No Pendeja.” In Rebecca Martinez and Monica Casper, ed., “Who Belongs? Institutional Betrayal in Higher Education” in the Feminist Wire Books.

Amy A. Martinez (Forthcoming). From El Bandido to Homeboy: Using a decolonial twist to reexamine and redefine ‘gangs’ and ‘gang members.’ In J. Ortiz & S. Wilson (Eds.). Critical & Intersectional Gang Studies.: New York, NY: Routledge.

Amy A. Martinez (Forthcoming). Police Shooting of Bryan Carreño. In Michael J. Pfeifer, ed., History of American Racial Violence: An Encyclopedia of Conflicts, Riots, and Revolution (Goleta, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2022).

Martinez, A. A. (2019) “The city got my back so the city on my back”: Prisoner’s negation of the states’ claims of prisoner’s humanity. In Routledge International Handbook of Critical Gang Studies (pp. 537-555). Routledge.

Martinez, A. A. (2019). The Gang Paradox: Inequalities and Miracles on the US-Mexico Border. Social Justice, 46(4), 131-137.