Tauheeda Yasin Martin

Tauheeda Yasin Martin

Tauheeda Yasin Martin

Graduate Lecturer

American Studies, legal and policy history, mass incarceration, comparative justice, poverty studies

Tauheeda Yasin Martin is an Associate Professor at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus. She teaches Religious Studies, ESL, and courses in the Humanities and Global Affairs.

Her dissertation research focuses on debt, poverty, and mass incarceration and its historical connection to the poorhouse/workhouse system.

Her research interests include issues of poverty, race, criminal justice, and comparative legal systems. Her work also focuses on pedagogy and culture, oral communications and critical reading in the classroom, and project-based learning.

She earned an M.A. in Religion (Islamic Studies) from the University of Wales, Trinity St. David in the U.K. and an M.S. degree in Education (TESOL) from Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus, and a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College (concentrations in Film, Public Policy) in Bronxville, New York.

She has previously worked with the World Bank Group in Washington, D.C. and has also taught in the New York City Public School System.

Current Research

"debtors' prisons", cyclical court debt and poverty, predatory justice, comparative legal structures, culture and pedagogy, critical reading, and project-based learning

Grants and Fellowships

2017-2018 VCCS Chancellor's Faculty Fellowship

Courses Taught

GLOA 101: Intro. to Global Affairs 

NVCC: Liberal Arts Division (ESL, HUM, REL)


  • Ph.D Candidate, George Mason University, Cultural Studies
  • M.A. University of Wales, Trinity St. David, Religion/Islamic Studies (2011)
  • M.S. Long Island University, Education (TESOL) (2006)
  • B.A. Sarah Lawrence College, Liberal Arts (Film/Public Policy)(2004)


Recent Presentations

Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities (ASLCH)
Georgetown University Law Center, March 2018
Paper: “The"new poorhouse": issues in legal indigence and quality-of-life infractions

African American Intellectual History Society

Villanova University, 2017

Paper:  “Listening to the Dead Speak Their Names: Data and Mapping Death”

In the Media

WJLA TV: Coup attempt in Turkey - interview