Vita

Education

Doctorate Degree in American Studies
Expected Grad, Ph.D. May. 2019
University of New Mexico

Masters Degree in American Studies
M.A. Degree May. 2014
University of New Mexico
Thesis: “Counter Culture Youth: Immigrant Rights Activism and the Undocumented Youth Vanguard”

Bachelor of Arts in History and Chicana and Chicano Studies
B.A. Degree May. 2012
California State University, Dominguez Hills

Publications

Martinez, Rafael A., “Transformative Borders in Cinema: Evolving Concepts of Migrant Crossings.” In La Frontera: Reflections on Borders in American Culture, edited by Judit Ágnes Kádár and András Tarnóc. Szeged, Hungary: Americana eBooks, 2016.

Academic Experience

University of New Mexico

Teaching Assistant (Instructor on Record) – American Studies 393
Spring 2018

  • Instructor for AMST 393 “Immigrant Youth Movements”
  • Responsible developing class syllabus
  • Added a community based approach to course development
  • Responsible for administrating officer hours, including outreach to community members & organizations

Teaching Assistant (Instructor on Record) – Chicana & Chicano Studies 360 (hybrid)
Spring 2018

  • Instructor for CCS 360 “Chican@/Latin@ Civil Rights”
  • Responsible developing class syllabus
  • Added a community based approach to course development

Teaching Assistant (Instructor on Record) – Chicana & Chicano Studies 310
Fall 2017

  • Instructor for CCS 310 “Immigration & Assimilation”
  • Responsible developing class syllabus
  • Added a community based approach to course development
  • Responsible for administrating officer hours, including outreach to community members & organizations

Teaching Assistant (Instructor on Record) – American Studies 393
Fall 2017

  • Instructor for AMST 393 “Immigrant Youth Movements”
  • Responsible developing class syllabus
  • Added a community based approach to course development
  • Responsible for administrating officer hours, including outreach to community members & organizations

Teaching Assistant (Instructor on Record) – American Studies 186
Spring 2017

  • Instructor for AMST 186 “Introduction to Southwest Studies”
  • Responsible for developing class syllabus & course pedagogy
  • Added a community based approach to course development
  • Responsible for administrating officer hours, including outreach to community members & organizations

Teaching Assistant (Instructor on Record) – Chicana & Chicano Studies 360 (Hybrid)
Spring 2017

  • Instructor for CCS 360 “Chican@/Latin@ Civil Rights”
  • Responsible for developing class syllabus
  • Added a community based approach to course development
  • Responsible for administrating office hours, including outreach to community members and organizations

Teaching Assistant (Instructor on Record) – American Studies 186)
Fall 2016

  • Instructor for AMST 186 “Introduction to Southwest Studies”
  • Responsible for developing class syllabus & course pedagogy
  • Added a community based approach to course development
  • Responsible for administrating officer hours, including outreach to community members & organizations

Teaching Assistant (Instructor on Record) – Chicana & Chicano Studies 310
Fall 2016

  • Instructor for CCS 310 “Immigration & Assimilation”
  • Responsible developing class syllabus
  • Added a community based approach to course development
  • Responsible for administrating officer hours, including outreach to community members & organizations

Teaching Assistant (Instructor on Record) – American Studies 184 (online)
Spring 2016

  • Instructor for AMST 184 “Introduction to Race, Class & Ethnicity: Community Based Focus”
  • Responsible for developing class syllabus & course pedagogy
  • Added a community based approach to course development
  • Responsible for administrating officer hours, including outreach to community members & organizations

Teaching Assistant (Instructor on Record) – Chicana & Chicano Studies 360 (hybrid)
Spring 2016

  • Instructor for CCS 360 “Chican@/Latin@ Civil Rights”
  • Responsible developing class syllabus
  • Added a community based approach to course development
  • Responsible for administrating officer hours, including outreach to community members & organizations

Teaching Assistant (Co-Instructor on Record) – Immigration Community Research UNIV 391
Fall 2015

  • Co-Instructor for UNIV 391 “Immigration Community Research”
  • Developed class syllabus that was culturally & language relevant for undocumented students
  • Course curriculum developed in Spanish with community member integration
  • Community based projects presentations were developed by students to present to UNM community at large
  • Responsible for administrating officer hours, including outreach to community members & organizations

Teaching Assistant – American Studies
Fall 2015

  • Teacher Assistant for AMST 185 “Introduction to Race, Class & Ethnicity: Community Based Focus”
  • Responsible for collaborating with professor to create community based component to the existing class syllabus
  • Responsible for administrating officer hours, including outreach to community members & organizations

Graduate Assistant – Land Grants Program
2014-Present

  • Graduate Assistant for the Land Grant Studies of New Mexico with Dr. Manuel Garcia y Griego.
  • Attended Land Grant meetings and conducted archival research for the Land Grants

Graduate Assistant – American Studies
2013-2015 (Spring)

  • Conducted research with Dr. Rebecca Schreiber for a publication project
  • Conducted research with Dr. Irene Vasquez for a publication project
  • Assisted with special collections and archival material references

Graduate Assistant – Southwest Research Hispanic Institute (SHRI)
2012-2013

  • Conducted a research project with Dr. Christine Sierra and Dr. Irene Vasquez
  • Project presented for the America’s Voice – Latino Voters and the Politics of Immigration panel during the 2012 Presidential Elections

California State University, Dominguez Hills

Program Coordinator for Chicana & Chicano Studies Department
2005-2010                                                                                                     

  • Coordinated and planned the annual Dolores Huerta graduation ceremony
  • Coordinated department annual event programming

Office of Student Life Coordinator
2005-2008

  • Coordinated and organized New Student Orientations
  • Event programmer for all student organizations on campus
  • Assisted the Office Directors with daily activities

Professional Experience

Graduate Resource Mentor/Fellow – El Puente Research Program
Fall 2015-Spring 2016

  • El Puente is a research-intensive program for undergraduate fellows (sophomores to seniors) to be paired with graduate resource fellows to provide mentorship in research and graduate school applications.
  • Close mentorship of five undergraduate students who ranged from sophomores to seniors in research practices ranging from IRB approval, qualitative and quantitative methods, research proposals, abstracts, conference presentation preparation, and research project management.
  • Three of my mentees are seniors, and all I provided assistance to all three with graduate applications to competitive higher education institutions across the nation in interdisciplinary and diverse fields.
  • All five undergraduate mentees have developed critical research projects that will be presented at national conferences and will be receiving IRB approval to continue research.
  • Learned critical skills such as: curriculum development, teaching practices, mentoring practices, communication skills, among many other important skills through this program.

Research Trip Coordinator – “Border Immersion Program” by Peace Studies, UNM
Summer 2015                                               

  • Attending one week “Border Immersion Program” by the Peace Studies to collect research and organize data to grow the program
  • Responsible for interviewing immigrant rights activists along the El Paso, T.X./Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico border
  • Produce data and organize it for presentation to UNM Peace Studies faculty and other campus departments
  • Collect data that reflects the issues activist face in the U.S./Mexico border of El Paso/Juarez and explore problem solving methods for use in the New Mexico/Mexico border
  • Learn from hands on approaches and critical analytical skills used by immigrant rights activists in diverse communities

Program Manager – Center for Southwest Culture Nonprofit
2014-2015

  • Responsible for managing all funded programs
  • Responsible for budget management of all programs
  • Oversaw all funded programs from beginning to completion
  • Grant writing proposal for federal and state funding opportunities
  • Organized and interviewed focus groups with diverse minority communities in New Mexico such as Native American, Mexican immigrants, Asian immigrants, and African-American communities towards providing better financial resources and opportunities

Research

“Secularism and Religiosity Formations in the Immigrant Rights Movement”
University of New Mexico, Spring 2015

  • Faculty Advisor: Kathleen Holscher, Ph.D.
  • Research project analyzes the ways in which religion takes on notions of public and private space in debates around the Sanctuary Movement
  • The research paper looks at distinct secular discussions that are created through the ways immigrants use religious institutes for refuge and continue to forge new notions of deconstructing Empire

“Undocumented Licensing: Visual Culture and the Immigrant Rights Movement”
University of New Mexico, Fall 2014

  • Faculty Advisor: Rebecca Schreiber, Ph.D.
  • Research project uses a visual cultural studies approach to understand how construction of ideology in American popular culture and politics gets distributed and directly informs how certain rights, such as driving in the U.S., become a form of privilege used to dictate citizenship or be labeled as undocumented in this country
  • This paper analyzes the ways in which the Undocumented Youth Movement adds to the conversation over the drivers’ licenses debates and deconstructs notions of citizenship tied to problematic images

“Counter Culture Youth: Immigrant Rights Activism and the Undocumented Youth Vanguard”
University of New Mexico, Spring 2014

  • Committee: Irene Vasquez (chair), Ph.D., Christine Sierra, Ph.D., Antonio Tiongson, Ph.D.
  • Master thesis explores the way that the Undocumented Youth Movement carves out spaces of social belonging, contests notions of citizenship, and battles punitive immigration legislations in the U.S.
  • The thesis applies Latino Critical Race Theory and Queer theory to understand the ways in which undocumented youth problematize notions of cultural citizenship

“Transmigrant Activism: Redefining notions of citizenship, sovereignty, and human rights”
University of New Mexico, Spring 2013

  • Faculty Advisor: Rebecca Schreiber, Ph.D.
  • Research project analyzes transmigrant activism through a transnational approach that sheds light on fluid social networks , which serve to challenge notions of citizenship, sovereignty and human rights
  • Research paper focuses on the transmigrant organization called Dream in Mexico whose mission statement is to help undocumented students in the U.S. repatriate to Mexico and be incorporated in to Mexican institutions while maintaining connections to the larger Immigrants Rights Movement across borders
  • The contemporary nature of the subject calls for the paper to critically engage with secondary sources such as newspapers, articles, and anthologies that capture new social formations in migration studies

“Hotbeds: Community Centers and their Importance on the Immigration Youth Movement”
University of New Mexico, Spring 2013

  • Faculty Advisor: Alyosha Goldstein, Ph.D.
  • Research project examines the formation of consciousness among immigrant youth who learn to engage critically with immigrant rights issues at the state and federal level, while forging connections to civil rights movements and community centers
  • The research paper offers critiques and suggestions for community centers in connection who rely on non-profit and state funded grants, which impact their operational spheres
  • This research project conducts a critical literature review of primary sources on immigration rights centers and secondary source materials on non-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations and grassroots organizations

“Genocide and Femicide: History Lessons for a Humane Future”
University of New Mexico, Fall 2012

  • Faculty Advisor: Gerald Vizenor, Ph.D.
  • Research project provides a narrative of genocide for the femicide victims at the borderlands between Mexico and the U.S.
  • Analyzed the socioeconomic structures that create industrial progress at the borderlands and induce violent social patterns
  • Through an examination of primary resources and secondary sources, the paper offered a narrative of modern subaltern stories at the margins of nation-states

“Transformative Borders in Cinema: Evolving Concepts of Migrant Crossings”
University of New Mexico, Fall 2012

  • Faculty Advisor: Gabriel Melendez, Ph.D.
  • Research project analyzed how the transnational participation of migrants from Central America, Mexico and at the U.S.-Mexico borderlands redefine the border chronotope depicted in film
  • Analyzed three major commercial films: Voces Inocentes, Sin Nombre, and Savages and placed them in context of literature covering the ever evolving concept of migration and borderlands

Conference Presentations

Martínez, R. (April 2016) “Fragmented Dreams: Inter-Ethnic Collaboration by Latin@ and Asian Undocumented Youth Activists.” Presented at the Asian American Association Studies Conference. Miami, Florida.

Martínez, R. (May 2015) “Counter Culture Youth: Formations of the Undocumented Youth Movement that Decenter Empire.” Presented at the Disentangling Empire: The United States and the World Conference. Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Martínez, R. (April 2015) “Visual Culture and the Undocumented Youth Movement.” Presented at the Shared Knowledge Conference. Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Martínez, R. (April 2015) “Transnationalism (Panel).” Panel Participation at the Shared Knowledge Conference. Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Martínez, R. (March 2015) “Transnationalism (Panel).” Panel Participation at the Raza Graduate Student Conference. Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Martínez, R. (March 2015) “Undocumented Licensing: Visual Culture and the Immigrant Rights Movement.” Presented at the Raza Graduate Student Conference. Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Martínez, R. (April 2014) “Counter Culture Youth: The Undocumented Youth Movement Vanguard.” Presented at the National Association for Chicana & Chicano Studies (NACCS). Salt Lake City, Utah.

Martínez, R. (April 2013) “Transformative Borders in Cinema: Evolving Concepts of Migrant Crossings.” Presented at the New Mexico Shared Knowledge Conference at the University of New Mexico. Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Martínez, R. (March 2013) “Sharing Our Stories & Understanding Our Intersections as Men of Color Make Us Stronger Together: Chicanos & Mexicanos Organizing with Other Men of Color for Access in Success in Higher Education.” Presented at the National Association for Chicana & Chicano Studies (NACCS). San Antonio, Texas.

Martínez, R. (November 2012) “Counter Culture Youth: Claiming the Dream.” Presented at the “Art, Media, Immigration Symposium” at the University of New Mexico. Albuquerque, New Mexico. Also presented at the Phi Alpha Theta History International Honor Society Convention. Orlando, Florida.

Martínez, R. (January 2012) “Shades of Black and Brown: Allied Activism During the Civil Rights Movement.” Presented at the Phi Alpha Theta History International Honor Society Convention. Orlando, Florida.

Martínez, R. (October 2011) “Mentoring as a Labor of Mutual Love and Support: Boosting Student and Faculty Academic Success through Transformational Mentoring.”  Presented at the Mentoring Conference at the University of New Mexico. Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Martínez, R. (April 2011) “Chillin’ With Knowledge: Chicana/o Studies Engaging in High Impact Practices.” Poster presented at the annual California State University Symposium on University Teaching at California State University, Channel Islands. Camarillo, California.

Martínez, R. (February 2011) “Black and Brown Allied Activism During the Civil Rights Movement.” Presented at the annual Research Day Conference at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Carson, California.

Martínez, R. (November 2010) “The Fast For Our Future Campaign” Media Depictions of Immigration Reform in 2009.” Presented at the annual Pacific Coast Council of Latin American Studies at Pepperdine University. Malibu, California.

Martínez, R. (February 2010) “Fast For Our Future: A Campaign for Immigration Reform in 2009.” Presented at the annual Research Day Conference at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Carson, California.

Guest Lectures

Enrique’s Journey – Panel
University of New Mexico, Fall 2015

  • Was part of the panel for the Annual Lobo Reading Experience at UNM titled “Enrique’s Journey” along with Pulitzer Prize Winner & author Sonia Nazario in talking about important issues of immigration.

The Other Side of Immigration: New Migrant and Undocumented Activist Formations
University of New Mexico, Fall 2013

  • Presented for a “Film and Peace Justice” class in the Peace Studies department at the University of New Mexico on new migrant formations from Mexico and Central America with a focus on activist development.

America’s Voice – Latino Voters and the Politics of Immigration
University of New Mexico, Fall 2012

  • Participated in a panel presentation and discussion with Dr. Gabriel Sanchez (Pol. Sc.), and Dr. Christine Sierra (S.H.R.I.) that was web streamed live nationwide before the 2012 Presidential Elections

Latino Heritage Month Presentation
California State University, Dominguez Hills, Fall 2009

  • Presented on a panel on the Importance of the Latin American dances on popular culture in the U.S.

Latino Heritage Month Presentation
California State University, Dominguez Hills, Fall 2008

  • Presented on a variety of subjects during the Latino Heritage Month Celebrations events.

Latino Heritage Month Presentation
California State University, Dominguez Hills, Fall 2007

Presented on a panel the significance of Latin American Independence movements.

Research Interests

  • Immigration and Migration Studies
  • Comparative Cultural Studies
  • Intermovement Studies
  • Critical Race and Class Studies
  • Critical Regionalism
  • Transnationalism
  • Colonialism, Globalization, Liberalism and Neo-liberalism
  • Minority Access to Higher Education
  • Minority Educational Historiography
  • Latina/o Critical Theory
  • Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies

Awards and Scholarships

Center for Regional Studies Graduate Student Fellowship
2012-2015, University of New Mexico

Latina/o Graduate Professional Fellowship provided by the Graduate Resource Center
2012-2013, University of New Mexico

El Centro de la Raza Scholarship
2012-2014, University of New Mexico

I.M.E. Beca – Scholarship provided by the Mexican Consulate in Albuquerque
2012-2015, University of New Mexico

Phi Iota Alpha Undergraduate Member of the Year
2010-2011, California State University, Dominguez Hills

Who’s Who Among College Student of America
2007, 2009, and 2010, California State University, Dominguez Hills

Cesar Chavez Leadership Award
March 2008, California State University, Dominguez Hills

College of Liberal Arts Dean’s List
Spring 2008, Fall 2008 and Spring 2009, California State University, Dominguez Hills

Phillips Van Heusen Scholarship
2008-2011, California State University, Dominguez Hills

The Julieta and Juan Dominguez Memorial Scholarship
2009-2010, California State University Dominguez Hills

Leadership Activities

Networking and Resource Committee Director of the Raza Graduate Student Association (RGSA)
University of New Mexico, 2015-2016

  • Managed and presented resources such as scholarships, partnerships, fellowships, grants, travel funds, and support systems for the organization.

Member – Transnational Research Collective (TRC)
University of New Mexico, 2014-2016

  • Member for the collective group developed for students of color at the University of New Mexico from diverse interdisciplinary fields with the purpose of providing peer mentorship and develop a publishing series in collaboration with the Southwest Research Institute (SHRI) at UNM.
  • Publications of the Publishing Paper Series can be found at SHRI’s website here: http://shri.unm.edu/transnational-paper-series.html

Blog Manager– Social Movements Collective
University of New Mexico, 2015-2016

  • Member for the collective group developed by graduate students at UNM with interest in conducting scholar activist work in Social Movements around the world.
  • The collective developed and semesterly publishes critical blog posts on diverse social movements occurring around the world.
  • The blog titled “Cultivando Consciousness” can be found here: https://cultivandoccc.wordpress.com

Secretary of the Mexican Student Association (MexSA)
University of New Mexico, 2013-2014

  • Prepared agendas, recorded meeting minutes, sent e-mails, and provided status reports

Secretary of Raza Graduate Student Association
University of New Mexico, 2012-2013

  • Prepared agendas, recorded meeting minutes, sent e-mails, and provided status reports

Secretary of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society
California State University, Dominguez Hills, Fall 2011

  • Managed, reported and analyzed the organization’s funds

Member of Espiritu de Nuestro Futuro
California State University, Dominguez Hills, 2005-2012

  • Organized conferences, presentations, and events to educate on the Ab-540 Bill that provides undocumented students with in-state tuition and advocated for the Dream Act

Founder for the Annual Latino Heritage Month Celebration
California State University, Dominguez Hills, Fall 2007

  • Founder for the official Latino Heritage Month Celebration on our campus that promotes the celebration and education of the Latino culture

Professional Memberships

  • American Studies Association (A.S.A)
  • National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (N.A.C.C.S.)
  • Asian American Association Studies (A.A.A.S.)
  • Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Languages

  • English and Spanish (Proficient in reading, writing and oral levels)

Community Service and Philanthropy

Project Coordinator for the University of New Mexico
N.A.L.F.O. National Day of Service, 2012-2015

  • Annually lead multicultural Greek lettered student organizations to participate in a day of service in Albuquerque, New Mexico

UNICEF UNM Campus Coordinator
2012-2015

  • Organize fundraisers to meet the fundraising goals for each semester

Family Success by Design Volunteer
2007-2011

  • Assisted in the annual Latino Young Men’s Conference organized for at risk young men from all over the Southern California area hosted at a different college campus each year

Midnight Mission Organizer/Volunteer
Fall 2017

  • Organized an event that sponsored a breakfast and lunch soup kitchen

References

Irene Vásquez, Ph.D.
Chair and Associate Professor, Chicana and Chicano Studies Department
University of New Mexico
ivasquez@unm.edu
310-341-8037

Rebecca Schreiber, Ph.D.
Associate chair, American Studies Department
University of New Mexico
rschreib@unm.edu
505-277-3929

Antonio Tiongson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, American Studies Department
University of New Mexico
ationgson@unm.edu