Jessica Hamar Martinez is a
research associate at the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public
Life, focusing on religion and Latinos. Prior to joining the Pew Forum, Jessica
worked as a project manager at the Center for the Study of Religion and Society
as well as the Center for the Study of Latino Religion, which are both at the
University of Notre Dame.
Jessica is a doctoral candidate
in the department of sociology at the University of Arizona, where she also
received her master’s degree in sociology. Her dissertation examines religious
switching among Latinos in predominantly Hispanic congregations in Chicago.
Jessica received her bachelor’s degree in sociology and Spanish, with minor
concentrations in ethnic studies and Chicano studies, from Saint Cloud State
University in Minnesota.