Lauren Martin, PhD

Associate Professor, Population Health and Systems Cooperative

Lauren Martin

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-624-5646

Office Address:
6-190 Weaver-Densford Hall

Mailing Address:
5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

PhD, Anthropology, New School for Social Research

MA, Anthropology, New School for Social Research

BA, Anthropology, Beloit College


I do community engaged and participatory action research on sex trading, human trafficking, and community wellbeing to illuminate real-world implications, policy, prevention, and community health. I started this work with community partners in 2005. I use qualitative, mixed-methods, and collaborative research rooted in strengths, assets, meaning-making and experience to highlight the ways that sex trading is a critical community health challenge impacting children and families, communities of color, indigenous people and other marginalized groups. For more information and to see reports and publications, click here

I also conduct a wide range of community-based research on trauma, education, community development and more. For almost 10 years I was the Director of Research at the University of Minnesota’s Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC). I remain an affiliated faculty member of UROC and at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. I received my PHD in Anthropology from the New School for Social Research in New York City. My personal research mission is to co-create empirical knowledge in service of effective social change for justice and equity.

Awards & Recognition

2016 Recipient of the University of Minnesota President’s Engaged Scholar award

Professional Associations


Research Summary/Interests