Race and Ethnic Relations

Deborah G. Martin, Ph.D

Deborah G. Martin, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Geography
Associate Director
Graduate School of Geography
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Email: demartin@clarku.edu
Phone: (508) 793-7104
Office: Room 205B, Jefferson Building

Curriculum Vitae

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, concepts of place, and social movements

Martin is an urban geographer with interests in place identity, local politics, legal geography, qualitative methodologies, and social movements (particularly neighborhood activism). She has conducted research in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Athens, Georgia, on place, meaning and representation in community organizing and local politics. That work has been extended to Worcester, MA, in two areas: geography and law, and human-environment research on place identity, resilience, and urban resource policy-making. 

Currently, Deb is engaged in research with various colleagues near and far on two strands: local politics and place-making; and through Clark’s HERO program, the socio-ecological impacts of the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) infestation in central Massachusetts. These projects allow investigations into various aspects of place identity and place-making, geography and law, and human-environment relations. Deb advises graduate students working on a range of topics, loosely coalescing around various themes, including activism, politics, place, social theory, and qualitative research.

Courses Offered

Geog 028 First Year Intensive: Discover Worcester!
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

Selected Publications

(See CV for full listing.)

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.

Martin, Deborah G. and Joseph Pierce*, 2013, “Reconceptualizing Resistance: residuals of the state and democratic radical pluralism,” Antipode 45(1) 67-79.

Pierce, Joseph*, Deborah G. Martin, Amelia Greiner, Alexander Scherr, 2012, “The Spatial Justice of Mental Health: How Local Development Politics Shape Public Health Outcomes” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 102(5): 1084-1092.

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