Aja Martinez


Assistant Professor, English Department and the Writing Initiative

Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2012 
tel.: 607-777-6126
fax.: 607-777-2408 
e-mail: amartine@binghamton.edu

Areas of Interest

Rhetorics of Race and Racism
Histories of Rhetorics
Critical Race Theory
CRT Counterstory
First-Year Writing
Writing Program Administration
Summer Bridge Programs
Qualitative Research Methods (Ethnography)

Current Projects

Martinez, Aja Y. Critical Race Counterstory as Rhetorical Methodology (book project in progress)

Martinez, Aja Y. "Dialogue as Rhetorical Strategy: Critical Race Writing a Chicana Student's Access to the Academy." Anti-racist Activism: Teaching Rhetoric and Writing. Ed. Frankie Condon and Vershawn Ashanti Young. Forthcoming Spring 2015.

Martinez, Aja Y. "English language as Past and Present Imperialism: Chican@ English in the US/Mexico Borderlands." Why English? Confronting the Hydra. Ed. Vaughan Rapatahana, Robert Phillipson, Pauline Bunce, and Ruanni Tupas. Forthcoming April 2015.


Books and Recent Articles

Code-meshing as World English: Policy, Pedagogy, and Performance

Martinez, Aja Y. "Critical Race Theory: Its Origins, History, and Importance to the Discourses and Rhetorics of Race." Frame—Journal of Literary Studies. 27.2 (2014).

Martinez, Aja Y. "A Plea for Critical Race Theory Counterstory: Dialogues Concerning Alejandra's 'Fit' in the Academy." Composition Studies. 42.2 (2014).

Martinez, Aja Y. "Critical Race Theory Counterstory as Allegory: A rhetorical trope to raise awareness about Arizona's ban on ethnic studies" Across the Disciplines. Fall (2013).

Young, Vershawn Ashanti and Aja Y. Martinez, ed. Code-meshing as World English: Policy, Pedagogy, and Performance. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 2011.

Martinez, Aja Y. "'The American Way': Resisting the Empire of Force and Colorblind Racism." College English. 71.6 (2009).

Recent Courses Taught

ENG 593R/450A The Stories We Tell: Rhetorics of Race, Citizenship, and Nation

ENG 350 Rhetorical Foundations

ENG 380C Contemporary Rhetorics of Race and Racism: Color-blind Racism in a Post-racial and Abstract Liberal Society

WRIT 101 First-Year Composition: Bridging Academic Writing

WRIT 110 First Year Composition: Seeing and Writing the World



Binghamton University Semester in London On-Site Faculty Director, 2014-2015.

Binghamton University Black Student Union Black History Month Kick-Off Celebration Keynote Speaker, 2014.

University of Kentucky Smitherman/Villanueva Writing Group, 2013-Present.

University of Arizona Centennial Achievement Graduate Student Award, 2011-2012.

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, Honorable Mention, 2011.

Texas State University-San Marcos Predoctoral Summer Dissertation Fellowship, 2010.

Julie Christakis DeFazio Excellence in Teaching Award, 2010.

University of Arizona New Start Summer Bridge Program Outstanding Instructor Award, 2009.

Conference on College Composition and Communication Scholars for the Dream National Award for Underrepresented Scholars, 2008.

Last Updated: 7/27/16