Yolanda C. Martin

Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, Criminal Justice
Social Sciences, Human Services & Criminal Justice

Email: ymartin@bmcc.cuny.edu

Office: MC-N651S

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Phone: (212) 220-8000 Ext. 5274

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Dr. Yolanda C. Marti­n is a critical criminologist who holds a PhD in Sociology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York; a M.A. in Sociology from Queens College, CUNY; a B.A. with honors in Sociology & Chinese from Vassar College; and a A.A. in Social Science from LaGuardia Community College. Yolanda is a Fulbright Scholar (Western Hemisphere), with additional awards from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health; the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse; and Vassar College, and was named BMCC's Presidential Scholar in 2013.

Yolanda´s research has been published, among others, by the International Journal of Criminology; Radical History Review; and Latino Studies Journal. She has been invited to present her scholarly work at various professional meetings, such as the American Sociological Association (ASA); the American Society of Criminology (ASC); the European Congress of Psychiatry (ECP); the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP); the National Institutes of Health (NIH); the Latino Studies Association (LASA); and the Eastern Sociological Society (ESS). She is currently member of the Editorial Board of the American Sociological Association journal, Contexts.

Her teaching experience includes courses in Criminology; Crime and Justice in the Urban Environment; Corrections; Social Deviance; Drugs and Society; Migration and Crime; Urban Sociology; and Latinos in the U.S., taught at BMCC; John Jay College of Criminal Justice; City College of New York; Hunter College, and Lehman College in the CUNY system. Outside CUNY, Yolanda has held international affiliation to the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD) and, in summers of 2014 & 2015, she will serve as guest faculty at Vassar College, and at Otisville Correctional Facility, as part of the John Jay College Prison to College Learning Exchanges Program. A former WAC fellow at John Jay College and WIC/eLearning-certified at BMCC, Yolanda likes to emphasize writing as a learning and thinking tool, student research, and teaches writing intensive F2F and hybrid courses.

Originally from Spain and first generation college graduate, Yolanda enjoys hiking, learning foreign languages, and conducting fieldwork throughout New York City -the world's most exciting social lab.  

Courses Taught


Current Interests

Forced Migration; Interdisciplinary approaches to transnational drug research; Migration and Crime; Ethnographic Methodologies.

Additional Information

Yolanda's doctoral research, Wasting Away: Substance Abuse and Health Risk Outcomes among Dominican Deportees, is an ethnographic study that explores the collateral damage of mass deportations of Dominicans in the United States.

Honors & Awards

Current Projects


Sociology, Qualitative Research Methods, Immigration Studies, Immigrant Health, Critical Criminology


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