Ernesto Javier Martínez
B.A., English, with Honors, Stanford University (1998); M.A., English, Cornell University (2003); Ph.D., English, Cornell University (2005)
My work—both academic and artistic—is anchored in the interdisciplinary study of race, gender, and sexuality, and guided by a broader anti-racist, feminist orientation toward institutional and social transformation. My writings on identity, experience, and subjugated knowledge have appeared in journals such as PMLA, Signs, Aztlán, and the International Journal of Diversity. I am the author of On Making Sense: Queer Race Narratives of Intelligibility (Stanford UP, 2012), as well as the co-editor of Gay Latino Studies: A Critical Reader (Duke UP, 2011) and The Truly Diverse Faculty: New Dialogues in American Higher Education (Palgrave, 2014). I am also the author of the bilingual Latinx children’s book When We Love Someone We Sing to Them, illustrated by Maya Christina González (Reflections Press, 2018), as well as the writer and co-producer of the short film La Serenata, directed by Adelina Anthony. I currently serve on the executive board of the Association for Jotería Arts, Activism, and Scholarship (AJAAS), a queer Latinx grassroots organization dedicated to producing art and analyzing culture and politics in the context of activism. Before earning tenure at the University of Oregon, I served for over ten years as a member of the Coordinating Team for the Future of Minority Studies (FMS) research project, a mobile “think tank” with a primary interest in minority identity, education, and social transformation.
When We Love Someone, We Sing To Them, illustrated by Maya Christina González (Reflections Press, 2018).
The Truly Diverse Faculty: New Dialogues in American Higher Education, co-edited with Stephanie Fryberg (Palgrave Press, 2014).
On Making Sense: Queer Race Narratives of Intelligibility, (Stanford University Press, 2012).
Gay Latino Studies: A Critical Reader, co-edited with Michael Hames-García (Duke University Press, 2011).
Selected Essays, Book Chapters, and Other Writing
- "La Serenata," a screenplay (2017).
- “Con quién, dónde, y por qué te dejas? Reflections on Joto Passivity,” Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies. 39:1 (2014)
- “Constructed Strugglers: The Impact of Diversity Narratives on Junior Faculty of Color,” co-written with Stephanie Fryberg. In The Truly Diverse Faculty: New Dialogues in American Higher Education, co-edited with Stephanie Fryberg. Palgrave Macmillan Press. 2014.
- “Foreward,” Amorcito Corazón: Poems. By Lorenzo Herréra y Lozano. Kórima Press, 2014.
- "Officially Advocated, Institutionally Undermined: Diversity Rhetoric and the Subjective Reality of Junior Faculty of Color,” co-written with Stephanie Fryberg and Victoria Plaut. International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nationas. 11.2 (2012).
- “Re-membering Gay Latino Studies,” co-written with Michael Hames-García. In Gay Latino Studies: A Critical Reader. Duke University Press. 2011.
- “Shifting the Site of Queer Enunciation: Manuel Muñoz and the Politics of Form.” In Gay Latino Studies: A Critical Reader. Duke University Press. 2011.
- “On Butler on Morrison on Language,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. 35.4 (2010).
- “Dying to Know: Identity and Self-Knowledge in Baldwin’s Another Country.” PMLA: Publication of the Modern Language Association. 124.3 (2009).
Awards and Honors
Fund for Faculty Excellence Award, Office of the Provost, 2018
Faculty Research Award, Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, 2018
Faculty Research Grant, Center for the Study of Women and Society, 2018
Project Grant, Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, 2018
Latinx Studies Seed Grant, Center for Latina/o and Latin American Studies, 2018
Emerging Scholar Award, Diverse Magazine, 2015
Best Book Award (Finalist), Lambda Literary Foundation, 2013
Best Book Award (Winner), Lambda Literary Foundation, 2012
Career Enhancement Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, 2009
Future of Minority Studies (FMS) Summer Institute Fellowship, Cornell University, 2009
Ford Foundation Fellowship, 1999
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, 1996