Martha D. Escobar is Associate Professor in Chicana andChicano Studies at California State University, Northridge. She obtained her doctoral degree in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego. Escobar is the author of Captivity Beyond Prisons: Criminalization Experiences of Latina (Im)migrants, which considers the relationship of the U.S. prison system and (im)migration enforcement and the impact on Latina (im)migrants. Her new research focuses on the experiences of Latinx “lifers,” Latinxs incarcerated in California with indeterminate life sentences. Escobar is particularly interested in examining the parole process from an intersectional perspective that analyzes how race, class, gender, sexuality, (im)migrant status, language, and physical ability impact Latinx “lifers’” ability to parole.
In addition to her scholarship, Escobar is involved in several efforts to further social justice. She is part of Civil Discourse & Social Change, an initiative dedicated to creating learning opportunities that imagine and work to build a more just society; she is part of the Center for the Study of the Peoples of the Américas, which focuses on the experiences of marginalized peoples across the Américas; she directs the Carcerality Research Lab, which guides students in conducting research on the criminalization of Latinxs; and she is part of the movement at CSUN to fight against EO 1100R and EO 1110, which are having devastating consequences on students.
- Ph.D. 2010, University of California San Diego
- M.A. 2006, University of California San Diego
- B.A. 2003, University of California Riverside
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