Martin Sanchez-Jankowski

Martin Sanchez-Jankowski

Social Sciences Building 470
(510) 643-8779
Curriculum Vitae
Research Interests
Sociology of poverty, race and ethnicity, social violence, methodology

Martín Sánchez-Jankowski who directs the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues and is Chair of the Center for Ethnographic Research has taught at Berkeley since 1984. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in political science. His research has focused on inequality in advanced and developing societies with a particular interest in the sociology of poverty.  He has done field work with gangs, in poor neighborhoods, schools, and the illicit underground economy, and is currenttly engaged in a ten year study of social change among indigenous peoples in India, the Fiji Islands, and the US. His research has been directed toward understanding the social arrangements and behavior of people living in poverty and he has published a number of books on the topic including:  City Bound: Urban Life and Political Attitudes Among Chicano Yourth (1986); Islands in the Street: Gangs and American Urban Society (1991); Cracks in the Pavement: Social Change and Resilience in Poor Neighborhoods (2008); Burning Dislike: Ethnic Violence in Schools (2016); co-authored with five Berkeley colleagues Inequality By Design: Cracking the Bell Curve Myth (1996); and co-edited The Management of Purpose: Lewis Anthony Dexter (2010); and Children in Crisis: Ethnographic Studies in Interanational Contexts (2013)

He is in the process of finishing two books that report the findings from two studies analyzing poverty’s impact on academic achievement and participation in the illicit underground economy.

Representative Publications


 City Bound: Urban LIfe and Political Attitudes among Chicano Youth (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1986)

 Islands in the Street: Gangs and American Urban Society (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991)

Cracks in the Pavement: Social Change and Resiliance in Poor Neighborhoods (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008).

Burning Dislike: Ethnic Violence in High Schools (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2016)

For a complete list of publications please see the Curriculum Vitae