Dr. Ignacio Martinez
Assistant Professor of History
I am an assistant professor of history specializing in the history of colonial Latin America. I received my B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of New Mexico and in 2013 I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. My research and scholarly interests include the Atlantic World, the social and intellectual history of colonial Mexico, the Spanish Borderlands, and the history of emotions. My book manuscript, tentatively titled The Intimate Frontier: Friendship and the Social Origins of Civil Society in Northern New Spain looks at the role of friendship in the social and intellectual construction of frontier society. In this book I argue that the ideals, rhetoric, and logic of friendship played a central role in the emotional and often enigmatic lives of frontier Indians, Spaniards, and mixed-raced people. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, I use friendship as a lens through which to more clearly view the nuanced struggle for power and influence along the northern reaches of imperial power. My book is currently under contract with the University of Arizona Press and is slated to be in print by the fall of 2019. My second book project, which is currently in its initial planning stages, takes a broader methodological approach in analyzing how ideas about friendship matured and circulated throughout the Atlantic World. By utilizing a comparative approach, I address the multiple ways in which Old World ideas about friendship influenced distinctive interpretations and approaches throughout the Americas. I am also in the process of writing a series of articles that address such themes as pain and loneliness on the Spanish frontier and the use and abuse of lies and deception as instruments of power.
In 2017 I co-directed an NEH funded Summer Institute for middle and high school teachers (http://borderlandsnarratives.utep.edu/). Titled “Tales from the Chihuahuan Desert: Borderlands Narratives about Identity and Binationalism,” our goal for this Institute was to provide 25 selected teachers from throughout the country with scholarly tools for teaching border history and literature in their classes. In July 2019 my co-director and I will be hosting another NEH Institute for teachers.
World History to 1500 (Introductory Survey Course)
The Spanish Borderlands (Upper Division Course)
Colonial Mexico to 1900 (Upper Division Course)
Religion in Colonial Latin America (Upper Division Course)
Central America and the Caribbean (Upper Division Co-Convened Course)
Mexico as a Frontier Society (Graduate Readings Course)
Race, Class, and Gender in Colonial Latin America (Graduate Readings Course)
Knowledge and Power in Colonial Latin America (Graduate Readings Course)
Seminar on Ethnohistory (Graduate Research Seminar)
Seminar on Colonial Latin America (Graduate Research Seminar)
Liberal Arts 316