Faculty Biography

Deborah G. Martin, Ph.D

Deborah G. Martin, Ph.D

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

Email: demartin@clarku.edu
Phone: (508) 793-7104
Office: Room 201A, 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.  Currently, Deb is engaged in two research projects.  The first, through Clark’s HERO program with Geography colleague John Rogan and undergraduate researchers, examines the socio-ecological dimensions of tree planting programs in Massachusetts. The second, with colleagues James DeFilippis (Rutgers) and Joe Pierce (Florida State), examines the legal, social, and community dynamics of housing Community Land Trusts (CLTs) in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. The National Science Foundation funds this latter project.  Both of 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.)

Pierce, Joseph, and Deborah G. Martin, “Placing Lefebvre,” accepted and forthcoming in Antipode DOI: 10.1111/anti.12155

Keatinge, Brenna, and Deborah G. Martin, “Bedford Falls Kind of Place,” accepted and forthcoming in Urban Studies DOI: 10.1177/0042098015569681 

Foo, Katherine, Deborah G. Martin, Colin Polsky, Maya Lim, Beth Anne Martin, Clara Wool, and Martha Ziemer, 2015, “Social well-being and environmental governance in urban neighborhoods in Boston, MA,” The Geographical Journal 181(2): 138-146.

Palmer, Shannon, Deborah Martin, Verna DeLauer, and John Rogan, 2014, “Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity in the Asian Longhorned Beetle Infestation in Worcester, Massachusetts,” Human Ecology 42(6): 965–977.

Martin, Deborah G., “Up against the law: legal structuring of political opportunities in neighborhood opposition to group home siting in Massachusetts," Urban Geography 34(4): 523-540. 

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

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, 2007, “Bureaucratization of ethics: Institutional review boards and participatory research”, ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies 6(3): 319-328.

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

Sarah, Elwood and Deborah G. Martin, 2000, “‘Placing’ interviews: Location and scales of power in qualitative research,” Professional Geographer 52(4): 649-657. PDF