Nationally recognized for her groundbreaking research in the area of sex trading and sex trafficking prevention, Lauren Martin is UROC's director of research. An expert on community engaged research methods, Lauren oversees UROC's scholarly research projects and grant operations. Lauren is also a researcher with the University's Children, Youth and Family Consortium and Center for Early Education and Development and an instructor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She received her doctoral degree in anthropology and historical studies from the New School for Social Research in New York and has been conducting engaged research with community partners since 2006. She is the author of numerous community and scholarly publications and the principle investigator on several research projects including, Mapping the Market for Juvenile Sex Trafficking in Minneapolis, the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) community survey, and a validation study of the NAZ Family Academy.