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Prof. Ruben O. Martinez, Department of Sociology and Julian Samora Research Institute, Michigan State University, The Changing American Social Order: "From Social Democracy to Neoliberalism"". LIB 100 / 201 APPROVED!

Prof. Ruben Martinez

Prof. Ruben Martinez

Date and Time

Friday, March 23, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


  • Kirkhof Center » RM 2263


The United States is a politically polarized country. The major reason is the shift from a social democracy to a neoliberal social order. This presentation identifies the ideological dimensions of neoliberalism and discusses their influence on the policy emphases of today. The ideological struggle between individualism and collectivism is presented as being at the core of today’s political polarization in America.

Dr. Rubén O. Martinez is Professor of Sociology and director of the Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University. His research interests include neoliberalism and Latinos, diversity leadership in higher education, institutional and societal change, education and ethnoracial minorities, youth development, Latino labor and entrepreneurship, and environmental justice. Dr. Martinez is the editor of the Latinos in the United States book series with the Michigan State University Press. He has numerous publications, including three co-authored books: Chicanos in Higher Education (1993), Diversity Leadership in Higher Education (2007), and A Brief History of Cristo Rey Church in Lansing, MI (2012); one edited volume, Latinos in the Midwest (2011); and two co-edited volumes: Latino College Presidents: In Their Own Words (2013), and Occupational Health Disparities among Racial and Ethnic Minorities: Formulating Research Needs and Directions (2017).


Joel Stillerman,, 616-331-3129

Laurel Westbrook,, 616-331-3198

Co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Office of the Provost, GVSU

Free and open to the public



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