Dr. Michelle Martin

Dr. Michelle Martin

Assistant Professor


BA, Psychology, San Diego State University
MSW, University of Illinois at Chicago
MSc, Global Policy Studies, University of Bristol
PhD, Peace Studies, University of Bradford


Dr. Michelle Martin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), where she teaches courses in social welfare policy courses, research and diversity. Her current research interests are focused on the politicization of cross-border immigration, human rights of displaced populations and how social media is used by diaspora and migrant populations to express a range of narratives (e.g., identity, trauma). She also researches how social media is used for social justice advocacy purposes and the dissemination of propaganda that influences political identity and ideology. Dr. Martin is the author of three textbooks in social work, human services and global advocacy policy practice, and is currently working on a book exploring anti-immigration policies that led to the family separations at the southwest border. Dr. Martin is on the board of the United Nations Association, San Diego Chapter. Dr. Martin has practiced in the field of social work for approximately 25 years, working in a range of practice settings, most recently, in global policy practice. Dr. Martin is an active blogger, and writes about current events and political dynamics related to immigration as well as women and well-being.


Courses Taught:

  • MSW 520: Social Welfare Policy & Services I
  • MSW 521: Social Welfare Policy & Services II
  • MSW 523: Mental Health Policy
  • MSW 530: Applied Social Work Research Methods I 


Research Interests:

  • The politicization of cross-border immigration
  • Narratives of right-wing populism and anti-immigrant sentiments on social media
  • The effect of hashtivism on the fight for immigration reform
  • Migrant use of social mediato express identity, trauma and barriers to peace


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