Larry F. Martinez is a professor of political science at California State University, Long Beach. After completing his doctorate in political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1984, he joined the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he participated in developing the rules for the first private international satellite networks. In 1988, he was appointed to the Department of Political Science at California State University, Long Beach, where he researches and teaches in the areas of international relations and law, with a research focus on outer space and cyberspace law and policy.
In 1998-99, Martinez was a Fulbright senior research fellow at the Center of Technology Assessment in Stuttgart, Germany. His article, "Is There Space for the UN? Trends in Outer Space and Cyberspace Regime Evolution," in Perspectives Online Journal published by the European Space Policy Institute, examines what happens to outer space governance as space communications becomes a cyberwar battlefield for global power in the 21st century.
He has lectured on Internet policy and governance in the United Kingdom, Germany, Kazakhstan, Morocco and Ecuador. In 2007, he was a Cuesta College honored alumnus of the year.