Nina Martin

Assistant Professor of Geography, Assistant Adjunct in Global Studies

Martin is the Jordan Family Fellow in International Studies. She received her PhD in 2008 from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Urban Planning and Policy. Martin holds a Master of Science in Regional and Urban Planning Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Having grown up in an economically depressed region of Canada, Dr. Martin has long been concerned with local economic development and patterns of migration. She studies the impact of immigration on labor markets, community and civil society responses to conflicts in the low-wage labor market, the informal economy in U.S. cities, and the transnational lives of migrants. Martin has conducted survey research and ethnographies of immigrant-serving nonprofit organizations, workers in the informal economy, and street vendors. She teaches classes in urban geography and global urban development, and aims to instill in her students an appreciation of the diversity and complexity that characterizes cities around the world. Her work has been published in academic journals, including Journal of Urban Affairs, Antipode, GeoJournal, Social Justice, Urban Geography, and American Behavioral Scientist.

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