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College of Education

Faculty and Staff

David G. Martinez, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Educational Leadership and Policies
College of Education
Phone: 803-777-3084
David Martinez


Ph.D., Educational Policy and Evaluation; Economics of Education & School Finance, Arizona State University
M.P.A., International Public Management; Applied Economic Methods, DePaul University
B.S., Psychology; Neuropharmacology, Illinois State University


Davíd G. Martínez is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policies in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina. He has worked extensively in marginalized, LatinX, and Native American communities as an advocate, researcher, and teacher. Prior to pursuing his doctorate, Davíd was an Educational Administrator in Northern Illinois, and a middle school and high school educator. Davíd earned his doctorate under the mentorship of Professors David C. Berliner, Margarita Pivovarova, and Sherman Dorn at Arizona State University.

Research Interests

Davíd’s research focuses on the intersection of Education Fiscal Policy and Equity of Educational Opportunity. Specifically, he examines the impact of federal, state, and local fiscal policy on inter/ intra-district fiscal capacity in low-income, ethnically and linguistically diverse, marginalized, LatinX and Native American communities through the lens of Social Justice and the Economics of Education.

Areas of Expertise

Economics of Education
Education Fiscal Policy
Social Justice (special focus on alternative paradigms of justice to achieve greater fiscal equity)
English Language Learners


Research Design
School Finance
Economics of Education
Quantitative Methods

Selected Publications

Martinez, D.G., Begay, V.H., & Jimenez-Castellanos, O., (2019). Understanding Navajo K-12 Public School Finance in Arizona through Tribal Critical Theory. Teachers College Record, 121(5).

Martinez, D.G., & Jimenez-Castellanos, O., (2018). Arizona. Journal of Education Finance, 43(3), 226-228.

Jimenez-Castellanos, O. & Martinez, D. (2014). Horizontal equity. In D. Brewer and L. Picus (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Education Economics and Finance (pp. 389-391). New York, NY: Sage Publications.

Jimenez-Castellanos, O. & Martinez, D. (2014). Vertical equity. In D. Brewer and L. Picus (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Education Economics and Finance (pp. 828-829). New York, NY: Sage Publications.

Jimenez-Castellanos, O., Combs, M. C., Martínez, D., & Gómez, L. (2013). English language learners: What's at stake for Arizona?. Phoenix, AZ: Latino Public Policy Center at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy.

Selected Presentations

Martinez, D.G., & Jimenez-Castellanos, O., (2018). The state of Arizona school finance. Presentation at the annual National Education Finance Conference, Tulsa, OK.

Martinez, D. (2016). Not all education finance is examined through Rose colored lenses: Toward social justice in intra-district school finance research. Presentation at the annual American Educational Research Association Conference, Washington, DC.

Martinez, D., & Dorn, S., (2016). Swamping Errors: Comparing Graduation Rate Proxies in Florida. Presentation at the annual Association for Education Finance and Policy, Denver, CO.

Jimenez-Castellanos, O., & Martinez, D., (2015). Examining the relationship between school district revenue and English language learners post Horne v. Flores. Presentation at the annual American Educational Research Association conference, Chicago, IL.

Martinez, D., & Jimenez-Castellanos, O., (2014). Navajo nation school governance, finance and demographics. Presentation at the annual Association for Educational Finance and Policy conference, San Antonio, TX.


Arizona State University GPSA Graduate Peer Mentor Award
Arizona State University Doctoral Enrichment Fellowship

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