Tauheeda Yasin Martin

Tauheeda Yasin Martin

Tauheeda Yasin Martin

Graduate Lecturer

Legal and policy history, poverty, mass incarceration, early American history

Tauheeda Yasin Martin is an Associate Professor at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus. She teaches English as a Second Language and Religious Studies as well as courses in the Humanities and Global Affairs. Her dissertation research focuses on debt and mass incarceration, for-profit justice, and predatory policing's connection to the historic poorhouse/workhouse system. Her research interests intersect the fields of Critical Race and Prison Studies, using tools in the data sciences. 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. Her undergraduate studies were at Sarah Lawrence College (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, for-profit justice, social innovation

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