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David Cook Martín

Professor of Sociology and Chair, University of Colorado Boulder

Professor of Sociology at New York University Abu Dhabi’s program in Social Research and Public Policy (SRPP). His work as a political sociologist focuses on understanding migration, race, ethnicity, law, and citizenship in an international field of power. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA, an MA in Sociology from the University of Houston, and B.A. from Wheaton College. David formerly worked as a faculty member in the sociology department at Grinnell College and served as that institution’s Assistant Vice President for Global Education. He has also worked at the Spanish National Research Council, is a former Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Latin American Sociology (UCLA), and a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow (UC Irvine). David is a member of the Scholars Strategy Network, an organization that disseminates research to improve policy and to enhance democracy.

David is the author of two award-winning books. Scramble for Citizens (Stanford 2013) shows why dual nationality exists and what it means today from the perspective of states, as well as of people with and without multiple citizenship options. Culling the Masses (with David FitzGerald, Harvard University Press 2014) explains the rise and relative demise of formal racial exclusions in immigration and nationality law, and considers the implications for contemporary policies.


  • 2015–present
    Professor, Grinnell College
  • 2017–present
    Professor, New York University
  • 2019–present
    Professor, CU Boulder
  • 2016–2017
    Assistant Vice President for Global Education, Grinnell College
  • 2007–2015
    Associate Professor, Grinnell College
  • 2013–2015
    Director, Center for International Studies, Grinnell College


Thomas & Znaniecki Award for Best Book in International Migration (2014), American Sociological Association; Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship 2015, American Sociological Association; Migration and Citizenship Best Book Award 2015 (American Political Science Association), the American Sociological Association’s 2017 Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award, and the 2017 Midwest Sociological Society’s Distinguished Book Award.