Dr. Kimberly Porter Martin was completing a B. A. in Psychology from Stanford University when she discovered the field of anthropology. She received her M. A. from the University of Hawaii in Biological Anthropology and her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Riverside. Her areas of specialization include psychological and cognitive anthropology, intercultural communication, ethnic relations, evolutionary psychology, Mesoamerica, Polynesia and Western Europe. She is also fascinated by textiles, their production, symbolism and use cross-culturally.
Dr. Martin is Professor of Anthropology and current Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of La Verne. She founded the anthropology program at the University, and teaches courses in cultural, linguistic and psychological anthropology, human sexuality and research methods. She also teaches travel courses for which students travel to other countries such as Mexico, India, Spain and Egypt as part of the course requirements. She is very involved with undergraduate student research and regularly teaches the Senior Project Research Seminar. In 1996, Dr. Martin was awarded the University of La Verne Excellence in Teaching Award. In addition to academic courses, she also conducts multicultural workshops both on and off campus for educators, professional organizations and government agencies.
Dr. Martin’s past fieldwork has included studying life trauma, anger and depression in Vietnamese Amerasian immigrants to the United States, exploring the impact of hazardous pollution in a multiethnic suburban neighborhood in California, and the investigation of the impact of immigration on health in the Samoan community in Hawaii. Her current research is focused on the nature of ethnic identity in U.S. and European societies and on social and cultural sustainability for the future.