AJA Y. MARTINEZ
Assistant Professor, English Department and the Writing Initiative
Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2012
Areas of Interest
Rhetorics of Race and Racism
Critical Race Theory
Writing Program Administration
Qualitative Research Methods (Ethnography)
Critical Race Counterstory as Rhetorical Methodology (book project in progress)
“Critical Race Counterstory as Sophistic Argument: The Institution’s Stock Story vs. a Chicana’s Counterstory” (article in progress)
Books and Recent Articles
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.
Young, Vershawn Ashanti and Aja Y. Martinez. “Code-meshing as World English Introduction.” 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). 584-595.
Do, Tom Hong and Aja Y. Martinez. “Writing About Film and Other Visual Texts.” Writing As Revision. Ed. Beth Alvarado and Barbara Cully. 4th ed. Needham Heights, NJ: Pearson Custom, 2011.
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. Spring (2013). Accepted for publication. 32 pages.
Recent Courses Taught
ENG 380C Contemporary Rhetorics of Race and Racism: Color-blind Racism in a Post-racial
and Abstract Liberal Society
WRT 110 First Year Composition: Seeing and Writing the World
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.