Georgianna L. Martin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Counseling & Human Development Services, University of Georgia

Bio: Georgianna L. Martin

Georgianna L. Martin, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Counseling & Human Development Services at the University of Georgia (UGA). Dr. Martin completed her PhD in Counseling, Rehabilitation, & Student Development (Higher Education & Student Affairs program) at the University of Iowa (2012), a Master’s degree in College Student Personnel at Bowling Green State University (2004), and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Millsaps College (2001). Her primary research interests are on the social class identity and college experiences of low-income, first-generation students, the impact of college students' out-of-class experiences on key learning outcomes such as critical thinking and socially responsible leadership, and social/political activism. Dr. Martin is also a first-generation college student, a mother of three daughters, a wife, and a dog lover. She has published over 30 articles and book chapters and 6 books in the field of higher education and student affairs.

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Speaker Topics

Reframing Deficit Thinking on First-generation College Students

Higher education has traditionally viewed first-generation students from a deficit perspective. I explore ways to reframe deficit thinking to asset-based thinking.

Social Class Identity Among College Students

Without formal theories on social class identity, this topic serves as a primer on social class identity and how educators can support students in exploring social class.

Understanding Social Class in Student Affairs

This presentation considers and challenges the ways in which social class permeates every aspect of higher education institutions and student affairs in particular.

Rethinking College Access: A Focus on the Importance of College Experiences for First-generation College Students

The experiences students have during college play an important role in their success during college and post-college. This topic explores access through college engagement.

Books, News, & Media

Selected Books/Monographs

Strunk, K. K., Locke, L. A., & Martin, G. L. (2017). Oppression and Resistance in Southern Higher and Adult Education: Mississippi and the Dynamics of Equity and Social Justice. New York, NY: Palgrave.MacMillan.

Martin, G. L., & Elkins, B. (Eds.) (2018). Social Class Identity in Student Affairs. New Directions for Student Services, 162. San Francisco, CA: Wiley.

Martin, G. L., Linder, C., & Williams, B. M. (Eds.) (2019). Leadership Learning through Student Activism. New Directions for Student Leadership, 161.San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

Kilgo, C. A., Phillips, C., Martin, G. L., Pascarella, E. T., & Campbell, E. (2018). Getting critical about critical thinking: The role of parental education on first-generation students’ cognitive gains in college. Journal of College Student Development, 59(6), 756-761.

Martin, G. L., Hevel, M. S., Asel, A. M., & Pascarella, E. T. (2011). New evidence on the effects of fraternity and sorority affiliation during the first year of college. Journal of College Student Development, 52(5), 543-559. DOI: 10.1353/csd.2011.0062

Martin, G. L. (2014). Blending the lines: Methodological challenges in the quest to understand social-class experiences of low-income university students.Sage Research Methods Cases.DOI:

Martin, G. L. (2015). “Always in My Face”: An exploration of social class consciousness, salience, and values. Journal of College Student Development, 56 (5), 471-487.

Martin, G. L. (2015). “Martin, G. L. (2015). “Tightly Wound Rubber Bands”: Exploring the college experiences of low-income, first-generation White students. The Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 52(3), 275-286.

Martin, G. L., Broadhurst, C. J., Hoffshire, M., & Takewell, W. (2017). “Students at the margins”: Creating inclusive campuses for LGBTQ students.The Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 55(1), 1-13.

Selected Invited Publications

Martin, G. L. (2011, May 6). Ethics 101 for new members. The New York Times. Retrieved from

Martin, G. L. (2015, September 15). Should Colleges Get Rid of Fraternities? The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved from

Martin, G. L., & McGee. M. (2015). Working to learn or working to live? Exploring the impact of employment on college outcomes for low-income and first-generation students. In Student Involvement and Academic Outcomes: Implications for Diverse Student Populations (Donald Mitchell, Jr., Elizabeth Daniele, Krista Soria, & John Gipson, Jr., Eds.). New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.

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