World Languages and Cultures
Professor Martínez focuses on the intersection of violence and body politics in the Latin-American and US Latino context. Her two main areas of research are: representation of historical violence recent cultural production; and gender and sexuality—particularly transgender studies. She is now working on a book project tentatively titled Mirar (lo) violento: rebelión y exorcismo en la obra de Evelio Rosero. The book contextualizes Rosero’s literary work within the larger efforts to represent the violence that has ravaged Colombia in the last thirty years and argues that by focusing on disappearance, ambiguity and spectrality Rosero’s novels develop an aesthetically astonishing and politically crucial way of re-counting and accounting for the violence that a prolonged state of warfare continues to (re)produce in Latin America.
Within the AU community, Professor Martínez is also part of the advisory board of the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies program, and a member of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS).
PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures. University of California, Berkeley
BA in Literature. Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia