Martín Sánchez-Jankowski

director, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

Martín Sánchez-Jankowski, a professor of sociology, directs the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues and the Center for Urban Ethnography, both at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on inequality in advanced and developing societies, with a particular interest in the sociology of poverty. His early research looked at the process by which young Mexican Americans are socialized into the social and political system of the United States. Some results of this work are reported in City Bound: Urban Life and Political Attitudes Among Chicano Youth (1986). Some of his findings on urban gangs were published in Islands in the Street: Gangs and American Urban Society (1991). Subsequent research results, on education, are reported in Inequality By Design: Cracking the Bell Curve Myth (1996), a book co-authored with five other Berkeley faculty. Results of his work on neighborhoods are found in Cracks in the Pavement: Social Change and Resilience in Poor Neighborhoods (2008). Sánchez-Jankowski is currently finishing two books analyzing poverty’s impact on academic achievement and school violence, as well as doing comparative field research on poverty among indigenous groups in the U.S., Fiji, and India. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before coming to Berkeley in 1984, he taught at Wellesley College and the University of New Mexico.

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