Criminologist discusses the relationship between violent crime and immigration

Criminologist discusses the relationship between violent crime and immigration

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Ramiro Martinez, Ph.D., will address the Lycoming College campus as part of the 20th annual Strauser Lecture Series on Tuesday, April 2, at 4 p.m., in Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall, Shangraw Performance Hall. Drawing from 20 years of experience and an extensive body of empirical research, his talk, titled “Did more immigration mean more crime? National implications, local context and research findings,” will focus on the impact of immigration on violent crime.

As professor of sociology and criminology and criminal justice at Northeastern University, Martinez has led a fruitful career. Much of his research focuses on racial/ethnic disparities in crime and the criminal justice system, and in immigration, crime and justice. He is the author of “Latino Homicide,” which was published by Routledge Press in 2015, and has served as the editor or co-editor of several books and published journal articles and book chapters.

In addition, Martinez has received numerous honors and awards. In 2011, The American Society of Criminology Division on People of Color and Crime awarded him with their Lifetime Achievement award for outstanding scholarship in the area of race, crime, and justice.

Every year, the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Lycoming College invites a prominent figure within the fields of criminal justice and criminology to deliver a lecture on campus as part of the Strauser Lecture Series. The lecture series began in 2000 as a tribute to Larry Strauser ’59, who founded the Criminal Justice Program at Lycoming in 1975 and coordinated the program for nearly 25 years before his death in 1999. His vision of broadly educating criminal justice students within the context of the liberal arts remains an integral part of Lycoming’s approach today.