Dr. Martin Guevara Urbina, a native of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, is a Mexican American researcher, writer, and professor, who as a sociologist and criminologist, has engaged for over a decade in an intensive academic research, publication, and discourse agenda designed to provide readers evidence-based information of ethnic and racial minorities in the United States, with an emphasis on the exploration of the Latina and Latino experience.
Dr. Urbina is a Professor of Criminal Justice in the Department of Natural & Behavioral Sciences at Sul Ross State University—Rio Grande College, and an adjunct instructor of Sociology for Southwest Texas Junior College. Professor Urbina has taught at New Mexico State University, Western Michigan University, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, Howard College, and Texas A&M University—Central Texas. Professor Urbina was awarded a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Teaching by Western Michigan University in 1999, and he was nominated for the 2002-2003 UWM Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award by the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee.
Dr. Urbina is author, co-author, or editor of over 50 scholarly publications on a wide range of topics, including several academic books. His books include Latino Police Officers in the United States: An Examination of Emerging Trends and Issues (forthcoming); Twenty-First Century Dynamics of Multiculturalism: Beyond Post-Racial America (2014); Ethnic Realities of Mexican Americans: From Colonialism to 21st Century Globalization (2014); Capital Punishment in America: Race and the Death Penalty Over Time (2012); Hispanics in the U.S. Criminal Justice System: The New American Demography (2012); Capital Punishment and Latino Offenders: Racial and Ethnic Differences in Death Sentences (2003, 2011); A Comprehensive Study of Female Offenders: Life Before, During, and After Incarceration (2008); and Kylor’s Adventure Through the Rainforest: A Journey of Courage and Faith (a children’s book; forthcoming).
Currently, Urbina is working on three new academic books: Making Sense of the American Juvenile Justice System: Ethnicity, Race, and Social Control; Immigration and the Law: From Conquest to the War on Terrorism; and The Color of Justice—The Price of Injustice: Ethnicity, Race, and the American Imagination. Along with his academic endeavors, he is also writing two novels: An Adventure in Time: A Journey Without Boundaries (fiction); and Mi Vida: Between the Wind and the Rain, I looked up and Wept (nonfiction). His work has been published in national and international academic journals, to include Justice Quarterly; Critical Criminology: An International Journal; Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict & World Order, and Criminal Law Bulletin. Most recently, Dr. Urbina has also opted to venture into the world of poetry, with the illusion of writing a book of poems: Cincuenta Poemas de Amor Para el Alma y el Corazon: Fifty Love Poems for the Soul and the Heart.
During his spare time, Urbina loves evening walks. His biggest delight: la lluvia (rain)!
For a complete list of Urbina’s research and publications, visit his website at: http://faculty.sulross.edu/murbina/.