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A specialist in the high school experiences of Latinos, Dr. Martínez received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She will be teaching courses in the Sociology of Education, in Education Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS), and in Latino Studies & Gender Studies.

Latino Studies is HONORED to count Professor Martínez among our distinguished faculty!

Dr. Sylvia Martínez

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
& Latino Studies

Dr. Sylvia Martínez

B.A. at Pomona College in Sociology, 1998
M.A. at University of Chicago in Sociology, 2002
Ph.D. at University of Chicago in Sociology, 2006

I am a sociologist interested in the high school experiences of Latino youth. I am particularly interested in issues of engagement in school. More specifically, I examine whether Latino youth are being challenged academically and whether they view those challenges as positive or negative experiences. I would like to continue this line of research by exploring whether challenges in the classroom translate to higher levels of academic achievement (i.e. higher grades) among high school students.

Research Interests
Women’s work experiences
Latino/a sociology
Education; high school experiences

Schneider, Barbara, Sylvia Martínez, and Ann Owens. 2006. “Barriers to Educational Opportunities for Hispanics in the United States” Pp. 179-221 in Marta Tienda and Faith Mitchell (Eds.) Hispanics and the Future of America. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press.

Martínez, Sylvia. 2005. “Women’s intrinsic and extrinsic motivations for working” Pp. 79-101 in Barbara Schneider and Linda J. Waite (Eds.) Being Together Working Apart: Dual-Career Families and the Work-Life Balance. New York: Cambridge University Press.

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School of Education
Education Building, Room 4260
Bloomington, IN 47405-1006
tel. (812) 856-8582

Latino Studies Program
Sycamore Hall 046
Bloomington, IN 47405
tel. (812) 855-4916-7005