Dr. Judith Martinez


Languages Cultures and Religions
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
Languages Cultures and Religions
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD, Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Hispanic emphasis, 2017, University of Arkansas
  • MAT, French and Spanish as a Second Language Certification, 2005, Missouri State University
  • BS, Law and Social Sciences, 2002, Facultad de Derecho y Ciencias Sociales, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
  • 2002 BS, Secondary Education, French and English as a Second Language emphasis, 2002, Escuela Normal Superior del Estado de Nuevo León


  • SPN 101, 102, 201, 202, 205
  • SPN 287 Intensive Grammar
  • SPN 312 Spanish Grammar and Composition
  • SPN 318 Spanish for Law Enforcement
  • SPN 326 Latin American Civilization
  • SPN 312 Spanish for Heritage Speakers
  • SPN 460 Latin American Literature
  • SPN 480 Directed Readings: Latinx Poetry
  • SPN 410 Advanced Translation
  • SPN 495 Seminar in Special Topics
  • SPN 725 Seminar Latin American Literature and Pedagogical Strategies
  • MCL Student Teaching Supervision
  • EDC 345 Introduction to Multicultural Education
  • EDC 150 Introduction to Education
  • EDC 345 Introduction to Multicultural Education ITV/Zoom Section
  • UHC 300 Level Project Supervision
  • UHC 110 Special Topics: Latinx Literature focused on: Violence in the Northern Mexican Border
  • GEP 101 First Year College Experience
  • ENG 286 Literature, Culture and Post Conflict

Professional experience

  • Assistant Professor of Spanish, Modern and Classical Languages, Missouri State University, Fall 2018- Present
  • Provost Fellow for Faculty Development, Missouri State University Spring, 2021-Present
  • Provost Fellow for Diversity, Missouri State University, 2019-2021
  • University Instructor, Modern and Classical Languages, Missouri State University, 2011-2017
  • American School Foundation of Monterrey, Monterrey, N.L. Mexico, 2007-2011
  • Hispanic Initiative Coordinator, College of Education, Missouri State University, 2005-2011
  • University Instructor, College of Education, Missouri State University, 2005-2007
  • Graduate Assistant, College of Education (Hispanic Initiative), Missouri State University, 2003-2005
  • 6-12 Language Teacher, Central High School, Springfield, Missouri, 2004-2006
  • 6-12 Language Teacher, Sparta R-III District, Sparta, Missouri, 2002-2003
  • College Instructor of French and Spanish, Escuela Normal Superior del Estado “Profr. Moisés Sanz Garza”, Monterrey, N.L. México, 2000-2004
  • 7th grade Language Teacher, Escuela Secundaria Número 10, 1998-2000

Professional affiliations

  • American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
  • Latin American Studies Association (LASA)
  • American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)
  • Diversity Education Leadership Academy (DELA)
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)

Selected peer-reviewed publications

  • Martínez, Judith. “Perra Brava y El Estado Adulterado.” El Malestar Del Posconflicto: Aportes de la crítica literaria y cultural Instituto Caro y Cuervo, Antoquia, Colombia. 2018.
  • Martínez, Judith. “A Perspective on Mexican Forced Migration.” A Perspective of Multicultural Education and Diversity, Ed. por D.I. Barrón. Kendall Hunt, Dubuque, IA, 2020.
  • Martínez, Judith. “2666 y La Fractura De Un Estado Neoliberal.” Ciberletras Revista De Crítica Literaria y Cultural, Lehman College. New York. 2020.
  • Martínez, Judith. “De Mujer a Mujer. Desaprendiendo Lo Aprendido.” Revista De Equidad y Género, TSJENL. Monterrey, Nuevo León. 2018

Research and professional interests

  • Forced migration
  • Neoliberal violence in the Mexican borders
  • Critical theory
  • Border literature (Mexico)
  • Latinx literature

Awards and honors

  • Community Foundation of the Ozarks Grant to Develop Early College for Missouri State University Curriculum for Heritage Learners of Spanish as a Recruitment tool, 2020
  • Assessment Grant “Social Distances vs Physical Distances: Creating a Classroom Community”, Missouri State University, 2020
  • Member of CODERS Project External Grant, Missouri State University, 2020
  • Director’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Research Honors College, Missouri State University, 2020
  • Curtis T. Lawrence Master Teaching Award. Missouri State University, 2029
  • Diversity Scholar Award, Faculty Center for teaching and Learning, Missouri State University, 2017
  • Master Advisor, Missouri State University, 2017
  • Recognition from Student Athletes, Missouri State University: Maroon and White Banquet, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • Professor of the Month, Palhenelic Association, Student Association, Missouri State University, 2012
  • Latina Leadership Award, Office of Diversity Inclusion, Missouri State University, 2011
  • PALMS, National Award for developing Programs for Recruitment of Latinx Students for Higher Education, 2005