Brandon J. Martínez

latino linguist & educator

About Me

I was born and raised in Grants, New Mexico, a small mining & ranching community nestled between Mt. Taylor, the malpaís lava flows, and the Zuni Mountains. El Nuevo México, like other parts of Aztlán, has a rich history of cultural interaction, with long-standing inhabitance by Native American tribes and later waves of colonization and occupation by hispanos and Anglo-Americans. 

Being a nuevomexicano for me means having deep respect and appreciation for our cultural and linguistic diversity. Furthermore, reclaiming Spanish as my heritage language has allowed me to develop my identity as a US Latino, and to pride myself on my mestizo roots and Chicano culture.

Academic Background (Curriculum Vitae)

I am currently a doctoral student in Spanish Linguistics at the University of Arizona. Prior to my doctoral studies, I graduated from the University of New Mexico, earning an MA in Linguistics (2021) and a BA in Linguistics & Languages (2017). 

As a researcher, my primary interest lies in the study of the US-Mexico Borderlands through the lens of sociocultural linguistics, with a theoretical orientation both eclectic and cross-disciplinary. In my exploration of the intersection of language, culture, and society in the US Latino community, I contextualize my research using perspectives from both usage-based and translanguaging theories, critical discourse analysis, Marxism, and Chicano studies.


Updated 10 July 2024