James I. Martin

Associate Professor of Social Work; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director, MSW Program; McSilver Faculty Fellow
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Areas of Expertise

History and construction of sexual and gender minority (SGM) identities; social and economic justice issues; health and mental health disparities among SGM populations.


James Martin is an Associate Professor at NYU Silver and also serves as the School’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and directs its MSW program. Dr. Martin’s research is associated with sexual and gender minority (SGM) identities, and health and mental health disparities among SGM populations. He has particular interests in the impact of sociohistorical changes on identity and development; intersectionality in SGM identities; and victimization and other social and economic justice issues among SGM populations.

In the MSW program, he has taught the elective Sexual and Gender Minorities: Past, Present, Future, and most of the required courses in Practice and Research, and in the PhD program he has taught Introductory Statistics and the Dissertation Proseminar. Dr. Martin has been active for more than two decades in addressing bias and discrimination against SGM faculty and students in schools of social work, and in advocating for greater inclusion of SGM-related material in social work education.

Prior to joining the faculty at NYU, Dr. Martin was Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. Previous to entering academic life, he maintained a private clinical practice in Chicago and led Hartgrove Hospital's Department of Social Work. Dr. Martin is the founder and former co-chair of the Caucus of LGBT Faculty and Students in Social Work, and he has served as co-chair of the CSWE Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression, and as a member of the NASW National Committee on LGBT Issues. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York State.

Dr. Martin earned his PhD in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his MSW and BA in psychology from the University of Michigan.