Dr. Deborah (“Deb”) Martin received her M.A. (1994) and Ph.D. (1999) degrees in geography from the University of Minnesota, and her B.A. in geography and international studies from Macalester College. Before coming to Clark in the fall of 2004, she taught at the University of Georgia for five years.
Urban, social, political geography, law and geography, qualitative methods, social movements
Martin is an urban geographer with interests in social movements (particularly neighborhood activism), place identity, local politics, legal geography, and qualitative methodologies. She has conducted research in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Athens, Georgia, on place, meaning and representation in community organizing and local politics. Currently, she is working with Dr. Alex Scherr at the School of Law, University of Georgia, on NSF-funded research investigating the role of lawyers and the law in shaping landscapes and negotiating urban land use conflicts such as those over sitings of social service group homes. Research sites are in Massachusetts and New York. Deb advises graduate students working on a range of topics, loosely coalescing around various themes, including activism, politics, place, social theory, and qualitative research.
Geog 020/UDSC 020 American Cities: Changing Spaces, Community Places
Geog 241/341 Suburbia: Culture, Politics, Place
Geog 258/356 Utopian Visions, Urban Realities
Geog 141 Research Methods
Geog 310/ID 30291 Qualitative Research Methods
Geog 368 Development of Western Geographic Thought
Geog 373/4 Urban Geography Seminar
(See CV for full listing.)
Pierce, Joseph, Deborah G. Martin, Amelia Greiner, Alexander Scherr, “The Spatial Justice of Mental Health: How Local Development Politics Shape Public Health Outcomes” forthcoming in Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 2012.
Martin, Deborah G. and Joseph Pierce, Reconceptualizing Resistance: residuals of the state and democratic radical pluralism,” forthcoming in Antipode.
Martin, Deborah G., “Up against the law: legal structuring of political opportunities in neighborhood opposition to group home siting in Massachusetts”, forthcoming in Urban Geography.
Pierce, Joseph, Deborah G. Martin, and James Murphy, 2011, “Relational place-making: The networked politics of place,” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 36(1): 54-70. PDF
Hayes-Conroy, Allison and Deborah G. Martin, 2010, “Mobilizing Bodies: Visceral identification in the Slow Food Movement,” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 35(2): 269-281. PDF
Deborah G. Martin, Alexander Scherr, and Christopher City, 2010, “Making Law, Making Place: Lawyers and the Production of Space,” Progress in Human Geography 34(2): 175-192. PDF
Elvin Wyly, Deborah G. Martin, Pablo Mendez, and Steven R. Holloway, 2010, “Transnational tense: immigration and inequality in American housing markets,” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 36(2): 187 – 208.
Joshua Inwood and Deborah G. Martin, 2008, “Whitewash: white privilege and racialized landscapes at the University of Georgia,” Social and Cultural Geography 9(4): 373-395. PDF
Deborah G. Martin, Susan Hanson, and Danielle Fontaine, 2007, “What counts as activism? The role of individuals in creating change,” Women’s Studies Quarterly 35: 78-94.
Deborah G. Martin, 2007, “Bureaucratization of ethics: Institutional review boards and participatory research”, ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies 6(3): 319-328.
Katherine B. Hankins and Deborah G. Martin, 2006, “Charter schools and urban regimes in neoliberal context: Making workers and new spaces in metropolitan Atlanta,” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 30(3):528-47. PDF
Deborah G. Martin and Alexander Scherr, 2005, “Lawyering landscapes: Lawyers as constituents of landscape,” Landscape Research 30(3): 379-394.
- Reprinted in Justice, Power, and the Political Landscape, eds. K. Olwig and D. Mitchell, Routledge, 2008.
Deborah G. Martin, 2004, “Non-profit foundations and grassroots organizing: reshaping urban governance,” Professional Geographer 56(3): 394-405. PDF
Deborah G. Martin, 2004, “Reconstructing urban politics: neighborhood activism in land use change,” Urban Affairs Review 39(5): 589-612.
Deborah G. Martin, 2003, “Enacting neighborhood,” Urban Geography 24(5): 361-385. PDF
Deborah G. Martin, 2003, “‘Place-framing’ as place-making: constituting a neighborhood for organizing and activism,” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 93(3): 730-750. PDF
Deborah G. Martin and Byron Miller, 2003, “Space and contentious politics,” Mobilization: An International Journal 8(2): 143-156. PDF
Deborah G. Martin, 2002, “Constructing the ‘neighborhood sphere’: gender and community organizing,” Gender, Place and Culture 9(4): 333-350.
Sarah Elwood and Deborah G. Martin, 2000, “‘Placing’ interviews: Location and scales of power in qualitative research,” Professional Geographer 52(4): 649-657. PDF