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Virginia Martinez

Sociology PhD Student

Virginia Martinez is a second-year Sociology Ph.D. student. Virginia received her BS in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Salem State University, where she graduated summa cum laude and as a Commonwealth Honors Scholar. Her honors thesis utilized an intersectional and sociological lens to examine the racial disparities among Black and Latina women who suffer from menstrual health conditions. During her gap years, Virginia became an AmeriCorps Massachusetts Promise Fellow, where she served low-income, first-generation high school students in Lynn, MA at a non-profit college access program and she later continued supporting college students as a College Success Advisor at the Steppingstone Foundation in Boston, MA. Virginia’s current research interests uses an intersectional framework and qualitative approach to examine how institutional racism and sexism influence medical practices, health outcomes, and social & health policies, specifically among Black and Latina women, and hopes to expand on the existing studies to include the lived experiences of marginalized identities into those spaces and conversations.

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Areas of Research: Institutionalized Racism & Sexism, Racial & Gender Disparities in Health, Menstrual & Reproductive Justice, Social Policy, Qualitative Methods 

Faculty Advisor: Tiffany Joseph

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