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Cid G. Martinez, PhD

Assistant Professor, Sociology

Cid G. Martínez is an Assistant Professor at the University of San Diego, joining the Department of Sociology in Fall 2013. 


Martínez received his BA, MA, and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.

Scholarly and Creative Work

Martínez's research focuses on criminology, urban politics, religion, immigration, social theory, and interracial relations, with an emphasis on Latinos and African Americans.  He is currently conducting a comparative study of northern and southern California that examines the relationship between local police, clergy, and community institutions in addressing youth violence.  The study aims to further theoretical understandings of how perceived legitimacy conditions law enforcement's ability to address youth violence.  His book manuscript, Managed Violence: Community Institutions and the Peace of the Inner City, is currently under contract with New York University Press.  The book focuses on how Latinos and African Americans manage violence in South Los Angeles.

Teaching Interests

Martínez teaches courses in Criminology, Juvenile Delinquency, Deviance, Social Theory, and Urban Sociology.