Brandon J. Martínez


latino linguist, educator, socialist

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. Therefore, 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)

As of Spring 2024, I am a second year 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). 

My primary research interest is the study of the US-Mexico Borderlands through the lens of sociocultural linguistics, with a theoretical orientation both eclectic and cross-disciplinary. Therefore, I draw on perspectives from usage-based, critical, and translanguaging theories, as well as insights from both Marxism and Chicano studies in contextualizing my research on the intersection of language, culture, and society in the US Latino community. 

Projects-in-Progress

Updated 21 May 2024