ph.d. candidate
psychology & social policy
princeton university

curriculum vitae

i broadly research social cognition, perception, & justice in racial, immigrant, and queer contexts – more details about my research projects below.

i have also shared my experiences of living undocumented and queer on: cnn, daily princetonian, princeton alumni weekly, princeton summer journal

current labs: alex todorov lab | betsy levy paluck lab

representation of social others

this project combines insights from computational methods and memory/evaluation processes to study individual (cognitive) and collective (social) representations of others. specific focus on the flexible or rigid representation of identities (e.g., across time, learning, context, institutions, political projects, groups) and how these representations may motivate social change or justify social ills (e.g., anti-immigrant discourse, racism, stereotyping).

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martinez, j.e., feldman, l.a., feldman, m.j., cikara, m. (in revision). narratives shape cognitive representations of immigrants and policy preferences. psyarxiv

verosky, s.c., porter, j., martinez, j.e., todorov, a. (2018). robust effects of affective person learning on evaluation of faces. journal of personality and social psychology, 114(4), 516-528. doi: 10.1037/pspa0000109

martinez j.e., mack m.l., gelman b.d., preston a.r. (2016). knowledge of social affiliations biases economic decisions. plos one, 11(7): e0159918. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0159918

media coverage

scientific american (2017). martinez, j.e., feldman, l.a., cikara, m. showcasing immigrant excellence.

vox (2017). a harvard psychologist started #immigrantexcellence to combat myth that immigrants and refugees are dangerous. 

(inter)subjectivity and
collective meaning-making

important to this project is the development of statistical methods to quantify the idiosyncrasy or sharedness of judgments (e.g., “dangerous”, “racist”) across rater demographics (group membership), stimuli (faces, objects, social groups, and discourse), and political/conflict contexts as a way to map shared understanding and steer it in prosocial directions.


martinez, j.e., paluck, e.l. (in review). quantifying shared and idiosyncratic judgments of racism in social discourse.

martinez, j.e., funk, f, todorov, a. (2020). quantifying idiosyncratic and shared contributions to judgmentbehavior research methods. doi: 10.3758/s13428-019-01323-0

queer health

this project focuses on identifying social barriers or facilitators to PrEP uptake (aka truvada, a daily pre-exposure prophylaxis pill for h.i.v. prevention). specific focus on mapping socio-moral judgments of men who take PrEP with varying sexual lives (e.g., “promiscuity” or monogamy) and the potential for collective action across different socio-medical framings of PrEP.


van dijk, m., kamps, r., de wit, j.b.f., guadamuz, t., martinez, j.e., jonas, k.j. (in review). socio-sexual experiences of early PrEP adopters outside formal healthcare in the netherlands.

martinez, j.e., jonas, k.j. (2020). social judgments of sexual behavior and use of hiv pre-exposure prophylaxis. social cognition, 38(1), 1-20. doi: 10.1521/soco.2020.38.1.01

martinez, j.e., jonas, k.j. (2019). pre-exposure prophylaxis sorting among men who have sex with men. aids care, 31(3), 388-396. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2018.1533229.

media coverage

aidsmap (2018). PrEP sorting: HIV-negative gay men prefer sexual partners who are using PrEP

other areas of interest

society: critical theories: {race, class, queer, feminism}, immigrants, citizenship, social movements, identitarian politics, social discourse, child development.
philosophy: subjectivity, phenomenology, social constructionism, ontology, postmodernism.
 mixed effect modeling, variance decomposition, measurement (see “resources” menu <- for various resources I’ve gathered to learn about these topics).


roe, m.a., martinez, j.e., mumford, j.a., taylor w.p., cirino, p.t., fletcher, j.m., juranek, j.j., church, j.a. (2018). control engagement during sentence and inhibition fMRI tasks in children with reading difficulties. cerebral cortex. bhy170. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhy170

gantman, a., gomila, r., martinez, j.e., matias, j.n., paluck, e.l., starck, j., wu, s., yaffe, n. (2018). a pragmatist philosophy of psychological science and its implications for replication. behavioral and brain sciences. 41, e127. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X18000626

martinez, j.e., mack, m.l., bauer, j-r., roe, m.a., church, j.a. (2018). perceptual biases during cued task switching relate to decision process differences between children and adults. journal of experimental psychology: human perception and performance. 44(10), 1603-1618. doi: 10.1037/xhp0000552.

bauer, j-r.*, martinez, j.e.*, roe, m.a., church, j.a. (2017).  consistent performance differences despite manipulation of cue switching variables in children and adults. frontiers in psychology. 8:1304. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01304