Christopher Martinez

Assistant Professor
Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Homeland Security

Dr. Martinez comes to St. John’s University as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies & Homeland Security. Before joining St. John’s University, he was an Assistant Professor in the City University of New York teaching criminal justice courses. He received his PhD in Homeland Security Leadership and Policy from Northcentral University. His dissertation research focused on the job satisfaction of undercover officers. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in Teaching from Saint Leo University. Dr. Martinez retired in 2014 after a 27 year career in federal law enforcement. Initially beginning his career with the United States Customs Service, Office of Enforcement as Special Agent. Through progressive levels of responsibility, he rose to the level of Assistant Special Agent in Charge with The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). He was assigned to investigative field offices in California, Florida, Virginia, and New Jersey. One of the highlights of his career was his selection as the DHS Attache for Central America within the U.S. embassy in the Country of Panama. He provided leadership and had oversight of all strategic and tactical communications with U.S. embassy staff and foreign counterparts. He is also a U.S. Army Reserves, Intelligence Warrant officer.

Teaching Interests

Organized Crime, Financial Investigations, Intelligence Sharing, International Perspective on Security, Organizational Leadership, Online Teaching

Research Interests

Undercover operations, Intelligence collection, Transnational crime, Money laundering, Cybercrime, Leadership, Mentoring, Diversity, and Retention.

Courses Taught

HLS
1001
INTRO HOMELAND SECURITY
HLS
1003
INTRO ORGANIZATIONAL SECURITY
HLS
1010
INTRODUCTION TO INTELLIGENCE
HLS
1016
CRIT INFRASTR RESOURCE PROTECT