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Ph.D. in Latin American Literatures and Cultures with a Minor in Gender and Women's Studies from
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012
M.A. in Spanish from the University of Nevada, Reno, 2005
B.A. in Secondary Education with a Major in Spanish from the University of Nevada, Reno, 2001
Areas of Interest:
The representation of gender, sexuality and the erotic in the Spanish and Portuguese cultural production in the Americas within a feminist framework.
About Dr. Martinez:
Dr. Martinez has taught Spanish at several universities and at the high school level, and ESL at a community adult center. She presently teaches a diversity of Spanish courses in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature and is currently developing a Spanish in the Professions curriculum. Her research interests revolve around the erotic and the political in fictional Mexican and Brazilian 20th century texts. She explores the mechanism by which gender is culturally constructed and the context in which a political intent can be achieved.