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Rafael Martinez Orozco

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Asst Professor
Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2780
Asst Professor
Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2780
Asst Professor
Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2780
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Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2780
Biography: 

Rafael Martínez is an assistant professor of Southwest Borderlands in the College of Interdisciplinary Humanities and Communication. Rafael’s work focuses on immigration, migration, the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, and the American Southwest. At ASU, he teaches courses on the American Southwest, the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, and Popular Culture Issues. Rafael is also a Program Faculty for the MA Narrative Studies program in CISA. 

As an advocate of community-based-history projects, Rafael is engaged in public projects that seek to connect academic work with community development. As such, he is a current recipient of Knowledge Exchange for Resilience Fellowship where he is co-creating community based research on undocumented populations in the Phoenix Valley. Rafael is part of the inaugural Interdisciplinary Solutions for Social Impact Graduate Faculty program.

Additionally, Rafael is the co-founder of the statewide oral history project, Humans of New Mexico, and also UndocuTalks, a podcast on immigrant rights through an undocumented perspective.

Education: 
  • Ph.D. University of New Mexico (2020), American Studies
  • M.A. University of New Mexico (2014), American Studies
  • B.B. California State University, Dominguez Hills (2012), History and Chicana and Chicano Studies
Videos
The Inconsistencies of the U.S Citizenship Exam | Arizona PBS Interview
Research Interests: 

Rafael Martinez's research interests include: immigration and migration, undocumented youth social movements and identities around illegalization and DACAmented status.

He approaches these research themes and topics through research medthods such as: oral histories, testimonials, storytelling, digital humanities and digital archives, and media productions. 

Publications: 

Martinez, Rafael A., “Transformative Borders in Cinema: Evolving Concepts of Migrant Crossings,” Americana Journal of American Studies. Szeged, Hungary, 2016. 

Martinez, Rafael A., Schreiber, Rebecca, “Sovereignty and Sanctuary: A Roundtable,”Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures. Indiana University, 2018.

Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 448Mexican/U.S. Border
ABS 592Research
TSS 593Applied Project
GRD 593Applied Project
EPA 598Special Topics
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 343American Southwest
HST 492Honors Directed Study
COM 510Transmedia Narratives
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 448Mexican/U.S. Border
TSS 593Applied Project
GRD 593Applied Project
TWC 593Applied Project
EPA 598Special Topics
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 245Popular Culture Issues
HST 343American Southwest