Jason Martin, PhD

Institutional Research Associate

“What you do in the present—by painting, preaching, singing, sewing, praying, teaching, building hospitals, digging wells, campaigning for justice, writing poems, caring for the needy, loving your neighbor as yourself—will last into God's future. These activities are not simply ways of making the present life a little less beastly, a little more bearable, until the day when we leave it behind altogether (as the hymn so mistakenly puts it…). They are part of what we may call building for God's kingdom.”
-N.T. Wright. Surprised by Hope. (2008).

Jason recently completed a PhD in Sociology, with his dissertation "Marketization in the Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector: An Organizational Analysis." Before coming to Swarthmore in 2013, he worked for six years as a Research Analyst for the Metropolitan Philadelphia Indicators Project (MPIP), conducting both quantitative and qualitative research studies that examined how region-based factors such as education and economy relate to the activities of non-profit organizations.

Contact Information

E-mail address: jmartin9@eastern.edu

  • PhD., Temple University (Sociology) (2012)
  • M.A., Temple University (Sociology) (2006)
  • B.A., Trinity Christian College (Sociology/Philosophy/Art) (2003)
Research Interests
  • Higher Education
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Arts and Culture
  • Urban Sociology
  • Race, Religion and Social Capital
Selected Publications
  • Lockwood, Brian, Jason Martin, Cathy Yinghui Cao, & Michelle Schmitt. “The Philadelphia Metropolitan Indicators Project: Measuring a Diverse Region,” in Community Quality-of-Life Indicators: Best Practices, 2011.
  • Grasmuck, Sherri, Jason Martin & Shanyang Zhao. “Ethno-Racial Identity Displays on Facebook” in Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, November 2009.
  • Zhao, Shanyang, Sherri Grasmuck, & Jason Martin. “Identity Construction on Facebook: Digital Empowerment in Anchored Relationships” in Computers in Human Behavior, special issue on the topic of ‘internet and wellbeing.’ September 2008. 
Selected Presentations
  • “Youth Civic Engagement.” Presentation (in abstentia) at the Successful Societies Conference in Boston, MA, February 2012.
  • “Pathways to Participation: Youth Civic Engagement in Philadelphia.” Boyd, Melody and  Jason Martin. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, Philadelphia, PA, February 2011.
  • “The Marketization of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations.” Presentation at the annual meeting of ACTS, Saint Davids, PA, June 2010.
  • “The New Generation of Arts and Culture Participants.” Presentation at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, Boston, MA, March 2010.
  • “Nonymous Identity Construction on Facebook.” Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Boston, MA, August 2008.
  • Preliminary Exam in Urban Sociology and Race and Ethnicity: Received “Pass with Distinction,” October 2007.
  • ATTIC (Awareness of Teaching and Teaching Improvement Center) certificate of merit for work as a teaching assistant, 2006–2007.
Recent Courses
  • Applied Statistics
  • Research Methodology
  • Program Evaluation
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