Trisha Martinez is a graduate of the University of Wyoming, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and her minors in Chicano/a Studies and African American and Diaspora Studies. Currently, Trisha is preparing for her comprehensive exam as a doctoral student in the Department of American Studies at the University of New Mexico. This academic year, Trisha serves as Graduate Student Coordinator for UNM’s Chicana and Chicano Studies Department (CCS) and continues to participate in the CCS Advisory Committee. Her educational pursuit has been in tandem with her passion for cultural performance and the ways identity, power, and resistance are intertwined and expressed. Trisha is an awardee of UNM’s 2016-2017 Center for Regional Studies Fellowship and a 3rd year recipient for the Hispanic Women’s Council (HWC) Scholarship.
Trisha is actively involved in the Transnational Research Collective (TRC), an interdisciplinary graduate student organization that aims to enhance studies and scholarship related to transnational cultural, social and political dynamics of the Americas. She is an editor and contributor to the collective’s working paper series. Trisha recently chartered QuetzaKuetlachtli, a UNM student organization that studies the transnational cultural attributes that emerged from the US Southwest and the Central Valley in Mexico, emphasizing the study of danza azteca. Trisha is also a participant for Scholars for New Mexico Studies (SNMS), a student and community based organization created to educate and engage with New Mexico’s rich cultural landscape, particularly with land grants and water acequias. Trisha continues to maintain her communal and academic connections with the University of Wyoming and local community. She is currently assisting Professor Levi Romero and Dr. Vanessa Fonseca on the Manito Trail Project, that examines the migration of Nuevo Mexicanos to Wyoming, including the diaspora of Nuevomexicano culture.
Her research areas of interest include: Southwest borderlands, cultural performance (particularly within the context of social movements), transnationalism, and women of color feminism.