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Latina/o Studies

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Trisha Martinez, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Latina/o Studies 

B.A., Criminal Justice; minors: Chicano Studies & African American and Diaspora Studies, University of Wyoming (2011)

M.A. American Studies, University of New Mexico (2014)

Ph.D. American Studies, University of New Mexico (2019)

Office: Ross Hall 


Trisha Martinez


Dr. Trisha Martinez is native to Wyoming, born in Cheyenne, with family roots stemming from northern New Mexico. She is a University of Wyoming alumna and received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico. Professor Martinez is trained as a critical regional, popular culture, and transnational studies scholar who engages decolonial and innovative frameworks to illuminate the complex interplay between land, borders, and cultural production. Her heritage and ties to northern New Mexico inspire her studies on the Southwest, including performances of belonging and acts of place making. Professor Martinez is expanding her doctoral research on US based Latino migration, by examining the migration of Manitos, Hispanos from Northern New Mexico. This research was inspired by the work of Following the Manito Trail, an ethnographic study that draws upon the voices of Manitos through the collection of oral histories, and her own personal family experience-as many relatives migrated to Wyoming in the early 1930s as sheepherders. Professor Martinez is furthering this work by also serving the Manito Community Memory Project. Through research and as a practitioner of various dance forms (folklόrico, flamenco, and danza Azteca), Professor Martinez explores the body as an archive with the ability and agency to speak, express, and evolve. Through interdisciplinary approaches and frameworks, she uses performance as a lens of analysis that interrogates the visuality of racialized, sexualized and gendered scripts.  

Professor Martinez’s educational pursuit and career compliments her passion for community and culture. She is a former UW McNair Scholar, past scholarship recipient of the Hispanic Organization for Progress and Education (HOPE), LCCC Sage TRiO Participant, and sister of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. She is a strong advocate for community-based programming and remains invested in giving back to the various Wyoming organizations and programs that were instrumental to her own academic success.  

Teaching: Methods of Social Justice, Introduction to Latina/o Studies, American Southwest, Latinos in Contemporary Society, and Chicano Community Organizations.  

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Phone: 307-766-2733

Fax: 307-766-2555


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