Juan Francisco Esteva Martínez

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 Juan Francisco Esteva Martínez is the Director of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program at the University of California, Berkeley where he coordinates the independent research of a cohort of first-generation college, low-income, and underrepresented undergraduate scholars. Juan is also Director of the Program for the Study and Practice of Indigenous Languages and Culture at the Myers Center, which offers Indigenous language courses to UC Berkeley students and the general community. Juan has a dual baccalaureate degree in Sociology and Chicano Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the State University of New York, Albany (expected 2018) with a specialization in Race and Ethnic Relations and Urbanization. Juan’s passion for diversity and inclusion drives him to continually invest his time and energy into the McNair Scholars Program. As a director since 2016, Juan has advocated for the McNair Program’s immeasurable importance in supporting the academic self-efficacy of first-generation, low income, and otherwise minority/underrepresented students on the UC Berkeley campus. Due to Juan’s persistence at the institutional level, McNair was able to secure the financial support of the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and the University of California Office of the President. These efforts resulted in an increase of the McNair Scholars’ stipend and the implementation of an undergraduate research program for undocumented students and formerly incarcerated students. Juan is also an experienced ethnographic researcher and renowned pioneer and contributor to the field of gang research. In 1998, Juan Francisco joined the Street Organization Project housed at John Jay College of Criminal Justice where, as a leading ethnographic researcher, he assisted in the collection of data to document the politicization of gangs in the New York City and South Central Los Angeles areas. He is the author of the article “Urban Street Activists: Gangs and Community Efforts to Bring Peace and Justice to Los Angeles Neighborhood” published in Gangs and Society.  He has also contributed entries to the Encyclopedia of Gangs. Juan’s impressive academic pedigree comes second only to his passion to push forward and continue opening academic doors for those who have been scholastically disenfranchised. He will continue to tirelessly advocate that the McNair Scholars Program receive the resources necessary to ensure that underrepresented students flourish at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Research interests: 

Sociology of Gangs

Race and Ethnicity

Social Movements




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