About

My dog, Kiko, and I at the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona. Photo by Aaron Anthony, 2018

I am a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I am currently in the research and writing stage of my dissertation tentatively titled “By Land and by Sea: Indigeneity, Mestizaje, and Nationalism at the Western-Pacific Borderlands from 1824- 1934.” Through an Indigenous maritime lens, my work examines the intersections of early-nineteenth-century racial exclusion with early-twentieth-century articulations of nationalism and citizenship at the U.S.-Mexico Western- Pacific Borderlands. I advanced to candidacy with  distinction and I hold an emphasis in Latin American and Latino Studies. I received my Bachelor’s degree in History and my Master’s in American Studies from Baylor University in 2011 and 2013, respectively. I have been trained and have worked in oral history as a processing technician, transcriptionist, and graduate assistant at Baylor University’s Institute for Oral History. I have also worked as an oral history researcher for the NEH and have numerous interviews co-deposited at the Southern Oral History Program at UNC-Chapel Hill and BUIOH.  I am an Institute for Humanities Research Public Fellow and Scholar in Residence at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center. I am the host of Tucson Speaks!: The Podcast and co-host of We Should Be Writing Podcast both available on Apple Podcasts and Soundcloud. You can currently find me wandering the Sonoran Desert in search of archival sources. Follow me on Twitter @PrisMMartinez or on Instagram @bookish_tejana.