THERESA A MARTINEZ portrait
  • Associate Professor, Sociology Department

Research Statement

My research work is fundamentally focused on a matrix of domination in U.S. society along axes of race, class, gender, and sexuality among others, and informed by sociologists such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Howard Becker, Joe Feagin, Patricia Hill Collins, and Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, as well as other scholars in related disciplines such as Gloria Anzalda, Angela Davis, Stuart Hall, Robin Kelley, James Scott, and others. My research, then, implies a standpoint of intersectionality from which to understand the social world, that is, one cannot separate out specific aspects of a human being's experiences-they are at once their race, class, gender, sexuality, age, religion, etc., and these axes of the matrix influence our thinking, behavior, and choices. These intersectional realities have implications for and are impacted by societal institutions from the media, to the schools, to the criminal justice system, to our system of government.  My research primarily focuses on the oppositional cultures or cultures of resistance developed by groups that experience inequity along various axes within the matrix of domination as embedded within societal institutions. Oppositional cultures can take the form of academic prose, music, and novels, as well as other forms of resistance.

Research Keywords

  • race, class, gender, and sexuality
  • Deviant behavior/juvenile delinquency
  • Culture

Presentations

  • “Self Defense: A Play about the Worth of “Fallen” Women.” University of Utah, Department of Theatre, Salt Lake City, Utah. Panel, Presented, 10/22/2016.
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  • “Why We Need Sociology Now More Than Ever,” College of Social and Behavioral Science Symposia, Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/04/2016.
  • “How to Get Good Mentorship,” Undergraduate Research Series, Office of Undergraduate Studies, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Panel, Presented, 05/25/2016.
  • Speaker, “Race and Class in the Criminal Justice System: Inequity other Stories.” Criminal Process Seminar. College of Law, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Presentation, Presented, 02/20/2015.
  • Speaker, “Critical Media Literacy: Social Justice and Media.” Annual MEChA Conference, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Presentation, Presented, 02/19/2015.
  • Speaker, “Critical Media Literacy: Exploring Media As an Agent of Change.” MUSE Lunchtime Series: Theme Year on Social Justice, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Presentation, Presented, 02/05/2015.
  • “Brown v. Board and Hernandez v. Texas: Civil Rights for People of Color in America.” Adelante Club U Camp, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Presentation, Presented, 05/06/2014.
  • “Music of Resistance in America: Questioning Authority in English y en Español.” Latina/o Undergraduate Leadership Conference/La Conferencia, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Presentation, Presented, 04/08/2014.
  • “Navigating White Spaces.” Annual MEChA Conference, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Panel, Presented, 03/05/2014.
  • "Respect as Best Practice: Navigating Diversity in College Classrooms.” Learning Enhancement Program, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Presentation, Presented, 03/05/2014.
  • “The History of Social Justice in Utah.” Office of Student Equity and Diversity, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Other, Presented, 02/18/2014.
  • “Race and Class in the Criminal Justice System: Inequity other Stories.” Criminal Process Seminar. College of Law, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Presentation, Presented, 02/07/2014.
  • “Positive Youth Development: Community Resistance to Racial Profiling.” Hinckley Institute of Politics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Panel, Presented, 01/21/2014.
  • “Education and Intersectional Selves.” Mestizo Arts & Activism, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Presentation, Presented, 01/08/2014.
  • “A Perspective on Race, Class, and Gender in Contemporary Film.” Women’s Week Celebration, History Student Advisory Committee Spring Social, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Panel, Presented, 03/26/2013.
  • “The Price of Change: Neighborhood Identity in Clybourne Park and Salt Lake City.” Pioneer Memorial Theatre, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Panel, Presented, 02/21/2013.
  • “Race and Class in the Criminal Justice System: Inequity other Stories.” Criminal Process Seminar. College of Law, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/08/2013.
  • “The Implicit and Explicit Toils of Identity.” Mestizo Arts & Activism, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 12/10/2012.
  • “Navigating the University as a Student of Color: Core Issues.” BEACON Mentors Program, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Presentation, Presented, 10/18/2012.
  • 2012 Speaker, “Hip Hop and Rap: History, Progressive Tones, Legacies.” Upward Bound Program, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Presentation, Presented, 07/11/2012.
  • 2012 Speaker, “A Socio-History of Rock and Roll: From Grunge to Hip Hop to the Present.” SpyHop Class, Salt Lake City, Utah. Presentation, Presented, 05/29/2012.
  • 2012 Speaker, “A Socio-History of Rock and Roll: From Punk Rock to 80s Consciousness.” SpyHop Class, Salt Lake City, Utah. Presentation, Presented, 05/24/2012.
  • 2012 Speaker, “A Socio-History of Rock and Roll: From the Blues to Psychedelic Rock.” SpyHop Class, Salt Lake City, Utah. Presentation, Presented, 05/15/2012.
  • “Youth, Rock and Roll, and Resistance.” Troubled Youth Conference, Snowbird, Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/11/2012.
  • “Growing Up: A Time to Every Purpose.” AMES Academy Graduation. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/18/2012.
  • 2012 Speaker, “Domestic Violence and Other Stories: Gender Identity and Everything After.” Criminal Process Seminar. College of Law, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Presentation, Presented, 04/06/2012.
  • 2012 Moderator and Panelist, “Creating a Safe Campus Climate: Moving Forward After the 2011 ASUU Elections.” Hinckley Institute of Politics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Panel, Presented, 03/20/2012.
  • 2012 Speaker, “Race and Class in the Criminal Justice System: The Death Penalty and other Stories.” Criminal Process Seminar. College of Law, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Presentation, Presented, 02/24/2012.
  • 2012 Speaker, “More on Privilege and Access: Through the Lens of the Media.” Social Work graduate course, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Presentation, Presented, 02/08/2012.
  • 2012 Speaker, “Empowering Chicana, Empowering Self.” Latinas Adelante Program, Horizonte Instruction and Training Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. Presentation, Presented, 02/01/2012.
  • 2012 Speaker, “Privilege and Access: Looking at the Media.” Social Work graduate course, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. 01/18/2012 - 01/18/2012. Presentation, Presented, 01/18/2012.

Languages

  • Spanish, basic.

Publications

  • Martinez, Theresa A. "Rock and Roll, CRT, and America in the 1950s: Musical Counternarratives in the Jm Crow South." Race, Gender & Class: An Interdisciplinary Journal 22(3-4). Accepted, 11/05/2015.
  • Segal, Marcia Texler and Theresa A. Martinez. 2007. Intersections of Gender, Race, and Class: Readings for a Changing Landscape. Los Angeles, California: Oxford University Press. Published, 2007.
  • Martinez, Theresa A. "Images of the 'Socially Disinherited'": Inner-City Youth in Rap Music. Journal of Law and Family Studies 10(1): 111-126. Published, 01/01/2007.
  • Martinez, Theresa A. Double-Consciousness and Mestiza Consciousness Raising: Linking Du Bois and Anzaldua. Pp. 69-79 in Intersections of Gender, Race, and Class: Readings for a Changing Landscape. Los Angeles, California: Oxford University Press. Published, 2007.
  • Martinez, Theresa A. "Teaching from a Race, Gender, and Class Perspective: A Dialogue about the Rationale, Rewards, and Challenges of Developing a Collection of Readings From Which to Teach." Race, Gender & Class: An Interdisciplinary and Multicultural Journal, Special Issue: Race, Gender, and Class: For What? 13(3): 130-142. Published, 2006.
  • Martinez, Theresa A. "Rap and Racial Profiling: Rap Music, Utah, and Police in American Culture." Utah Law Review 2004 (4): 945:960. Published, 2005.
  • Martinez, Theresa A. "Making Oppositional Culture, Making Standpoint: A Journey into Gloria Anzaldua's Borderlands." Sociological Spectrum 25(5): 539-570. Published, 2005.
  • Martinez, Theresa A. "The Double-Consciousness of Du Bois and the Mestiza Consciousness of Anzaldua." Race, Gender & Class: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 9(4): 158-176. Published, 2002.
  • Martinez, Theresa A. "Race, Class, and Gender in the Lifestory of Chicanas: A Critique of Nathan Glazer." Race, Gender & Class: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 7(2): 57-75. Published, 2000.
  • Martinez, Theresa A. "Popular Culture as Oppositional Culture: Rap As Resistance." Sociological Perspectives. 40(3):269-291. Published, 1997.
  • Martinez, Theresa A. "Toward A Chicana Feminist Epistemological Standpoint: Theory at the Intersection of Race, Class and Gender." Race, Gender & Class: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 3(3):107-128. Published, 1996.