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Justin MartinJustin Martin

Assistant Professor
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.3620
Fax: 509.777.None listed
Office Location: Dixon Hall 213


B.A., UC Berkeley (Social Welfare)
M.Ed., Harvard (Education)
Ph.D., UC Berkeley (Education)

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty


Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Socio-Moral Development; Socio-Moral Understanding of Superheroes

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors


Martin, J. (2018). Comfortable being uncomfortable: Socio-moral development and academic life. In B. Kiener (Ed.), At our best: Essays for new faculty (pp. 31 – 35). Whitworth University.

Martin, J. (2018, July 27). From Wakanda to America: Agreement, Disagreement, and the Complexity of Social Judgments.

Martin, J. (2018, August 28). Of Principles and Policies: How superheroes can inform our thinking about social life.

Martin, J. (2004). Identity and academic achievement: perceptions and attitudes of Black high school students. Berkeley McNair Research Journal, 12, 14-28.

Martin, J. (2007). Children’s attitudes toward superheroes as a potential indicator of their moral understanding. Journal of Moral Education, 36, 239-250.

Woodland, M. H., Martin, J. F., Hill, R. L., & Worrell, F. C. (2009). The most blessed room in the city: The influence of a youth development program on three young Black males. The Journal of Negro Education, 78, 233-245.

Book Chapters:

Weinstein, R. S., Martin, J. F., Bialis-White, L. H., & Sami, N. (2016). Tracking student indicators across time. In R. S. Weinstein and F. C. Worrell (Eds.), Achieving college dreams: how a university-charter district partnership created an early college high school (pp. 185 – 208). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.


Martin, J. (2018, October). Superheroes and society: a convergence of socio-moral concepts. Paper presented at the Gonzaga Law School Faculty Speaker Series, Spokane, WA

Martin, J. (2007, April). Facing History and Ourselves curriculum proposal: teaching the abolitionist movement, moral agency, and social justice. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL

Martin, J. (2007, November). Children’s attitudes toward superheroes as a potential indicator of their moral understanding. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Moral Education, New York, NY

Weinstein, R., Sami, N., & Martin, J. (2011, April). Creating a high-expectation secondary school for underserved youth: Intervention research informs policy. Research presented at the Clinical Science Colloquium, University of California, Berkeley, CA

Martin, J. (2014, May). Adolescents and college students’ understanding of others’ moral decisions. Paper presented at the forty-fourth annual meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, San Francisco, CA

Invited Lectures:

Martin, J. (2015, March). Understanding Youth Morality from a Social Domain Perspective. Guest lecturer for Educational Policy Studies 150: Youth, Education, and Society at University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison, WI

Other Speaking Engagements: 

Martin, J. (2018, February). Heroes, media images of African Americans, and Marvel’s Black Panther. Panelist. Spokane Public Library, Spokane, WA

Martin, J. (2018, May). Studying Superheroes. Panelist. Spokane Public Library, Spokane, WA

Media Appearances:

“The ageless appeal of superheroes: What effect do superhero stories have on audiences?”, Deseret News, 24 March 2016.