Maria-Elena MartinezAssociate Professor of History and American Studies and Ethnicity
Phone: (213) 740-1675
Office: SOS 270
María Elena Martínez is Associate Professor of Latin American History and American Studies and Ethnicity. Her work focuses on colonial Mexico, the cultural connections between Spain and the Americas, and more generally the formation of the Iberian Atlantic world. She teaches courses on Latin American history, slavery in the Atlantic world, early modern religion and race, and gender and sexuality in Spanish America. Professor Martinez’s publications include a number of articles on space, religion, gender, and race in New Spain as well as her book Genealogical Fictions: Limpieza de Sangre, Religion, and Gender in Colonial Mexico (Stanford University Press, 2008). The book has received the American Historical Association’s 2009 James A. Rawley Prize in Atlantic History and the American Historical Association’s Conference on Latin American History’s prize for best book in Mexican history. Presently Prof. Martínez is working on the relationship of Spanish colonial law and indigenous “genealogical histories” in central Mexico and well as on science and theories of race and sex in the eighteenth-century Spanish Atlantic world. Her current book project is tentatively titled The Enlightened Creole Science of Race and Sex: Naturalizing the Body in the Eighteenth-Century Spanish Atlantic World.
Professor Martínez’s fellowships include a Stanford Humanities Center Fellowship (2014-2015), a National Humanities Center Fellowship (2014-2015, declined), a Fulbright Scholars Fellowship (2012-2013), an ACLS/SSRC/NEH International and Area Studies Fellowship, the Barbara Thom Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Fellowship for Junior Faculty, the Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Sciences Award (USC), and the James H. Zumberge Research and Innovation Individual Faculty Grant (USC).
In 2013 she was awarded a USC Mellon Mentoring Award (for the Faculty to Graduate Students Category)
Prof. Martinez is a member of the Steering Committee of the Tepoztlán Institute for the Transnational History of the Americas, and during 2008-2009 was its Co-Director. The Institute organizes an annual conference in Mexico in order to promote transnational histories of the Americas and facilitate intensive dialogue among U.S. and Latin American graduate students and junior and senior faculty members. Professor Martínez is also a member of the Board of Editors of the Journal of the History of Ideas and of the Board of Editors of the Hispanic American Historical Review.
During 2014-2015, Prof. Martínez will be on a residential fellowship leave at the Stanford Humanities Center.