Brandon J. Martínez

latino linguist, educator, socialist

About Me

I was born and raised in Grants, New Mexico, a small mining & ranching town located in Cíbola County, nestled between Mt. Taylor, the malpaís lava flows, and the Zuni Mountains. Like most of New Mexico, Cíbola has a rich history of cultural interaction, with long-standing inhabitance by several Native American tribes and later waves of colonization and occupation by hispanos and Anglo-Americans. Although not transparent to me when I was younger, as an adult, having grown up a nuevomexicano has caused me to develop a deep respect and appreciation for cultural and linguistic diversity. Furthermore, reclaiming Spanish as my heritage tongue has helped to develop my identity as a US Latino, and to pride myself on my mestizo roots and Hispanic 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 Traditional New Mexican Spanish and other Borderlands dialects, taking perspectives from sociocultural linguistics, and informed by insights from usage-based, translanguaging, Marxist, and Chicano theories. 


Updated 20 February 2024