Karin Martin, PhD, studied Psychology at Stanford University and worked in a variety of non-profit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area before attending University of California, Berkeley where she earned an MPP, an MA in Political Science, and a PhD in Public Policy. She was a post-doctoral scholar in the Psychology Department at UCLA where she was also a Fellow with the Consortium for Policing Equity. She has been a Fellow at the Center for Research on Social Change at UC Berkeley, a Berkeley
Empirical Legal Studies Fellow, and a National Science
Foundation-funded Fellow in the Integrated Graduate Education Research
and Training (IGERT) Program in Politics, Economics, Psychology, and
Public Policy. Dr. Martin was a RAND Summer Associate in 2009.
Her area of expertise is crime policy with an emphasis on institutional interpretations of criminal behavior such as in sentencing (e.g. using money to punish) or policing. In her research, Dr. Martin explores the role of “extra-legal” factors (i.e. race, gender, education, income, etc.) throughout the criminal justice system. She studies monetary penalties as a criminal sanction, racial profiling attitudes and measurement, unwarranted disparities in criminal sentencing, and multi-method research design. She is currently working on a project to assess the social and economic costs associated with the monetary sanctions that accompany felony convictions at the local, state, and federal levels.