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Juliana Martinez Assoc Professor Department of World Languages and Cultures

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PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures. University of California, Berkeley

BA in Literature. Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

Professor Martínez focuses on the intersection of violence and body politics in Latin America. Her two main areas of research are: representation of historical violence recent cultural production; and gender and sexuality—particularly transgender studies. Her book "Haunting Without Ghosts, Spectral Realism in Colombian Literature, Film and Art" was released in December 2020, and is the winner of the 2021 William M. Leo Grande Award.

Professor Martínez regularly teaches courses on Latin American literature, film and history; gender and sexuality; Latin American feminisms; narratives of violence (particularly in Colombia and Mexico); and women writers in Latin America.

Within the AU community, Professor Martínez is also part of the advisory board of the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies program, and a member of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS).

Recent publications include the book Travar el Saber: Educación de Personas Trans y Travestis en la Argentina (loosely translated as Trans-ing knowledge: trans* people’s education in Argentina). Co-edited with Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, and published with La Universidad Nacional de La Plata (2018), the book gathers the personal narratives of 33 trans students and teachers as they reflect on the challenges and opportunities of trans-inclusion in 3 different sites of public education in Argentina. The 2019 dossier "Violent Tales: Cultural Representation in Colombia and Mexico” was edited in collaboration with Juanita Aristizábal for Revista de Estudios Hispánicos.
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Fall 2022

  • SPAN-357 Intro to Latin American Lit

  • SPAN-456 Spanish Topics: LGBT Latin-American Lit/Film

  • SPAN-494 Comm Service Learning Project: Lgbt Latin-American Lit/Film

Spring 2023

  • SPAN-456 Spanish Topics: Gender & Sexuality in Latin Am

  • SPAN-456 Spanish Topics: Narco Tales

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications


  • Un territorio acechado: realismo espectral en Fragmentos de Doris Salcedo.” Revista de Estudios Colombianos. 55 (2020): 42-49.
  • Martínez, Juliana. "Competing Visions and Contested Spaces in La sirga and Colombia magia salvaje." Revista de Estudios Hispánicos LIII. March, 2019.
  • Martínez, Juliana. “‘Making audible in the mouth whereof one cannot speak’: Spectral Adoptions in Juan Manuel Echavarría’s Requiem NN.” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies: Travesía. Online First, Feb. 6th, 2019:
  • Martínez, Juliana. “Beyond the Ventriloquism of Diversity, How Mujer T is Transing Inclusion in Bogotá.” Special Issue: Contested Terrains: Women of Color and Third World Women, Feminisms, and Geopolitics. Hypatia. A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. Vol. 32, Issue 3 (Summer 2017): 679-695.
  • Martínez, Juliana. “Dressed Like a Man? Of Language, Bodies and Monsters in the Trial of Enrique/Enriqueta Favez and its Contemporary Accounts.” Journal of the History of Sexuality. 26, 2 (May 2017): 188-206.        
  • Martínez, Juliana. 2014. “‘Monstruosa caricia’, espectralidad, (auto)erotismo y resistencia en Señor que no conoce la luna.” Interdisciplina, Revista del Centro de Investigaciones Interdisciplinarias en Ciencias y Humanidades de la Universidad Autónoma de México. Vol. 2, núm. 3 (2014): 91-108.

Co-authored articles

  • Martínez, Juliana and Vidal-Ortiz, Salvador. “Travar el saber: travesti-centred knowledge-making and education.” Bulletin of Latin American Research. 40:5 (2021): 665–678.
  • Chaux, Enrique; León, Manuela; Martínez, Juliana; and Cuellar, Lina. “Attitudes Toward Homosexuality in Latin America and the Caribbean.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. Oxford University Press. January 22, 2021. Doi: 
  • Vidal-Ortiz, Salvador, and Martínez, Juliana. 2018. “Latinx thoughts: Latinidad with an X.” Latino Studies. October, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 384–395.
  • Cornejo, Giancarlo; Martínez, Juliana; Vidal-Ortiz, Salvador. 2018. “LGBT studies without LGBT studies: mapping alternative pathways in Perú and Colombia.” Journal of Homosexuality. Special issue: “25 years on: The state and continuing development of LGBTQ Studies programs.” Online First:

Edited Volumes


  • Martínez, Juliana and Vidal-Ortiz, Salvador. Eds. “Travar el saber, experiencias trans/travestis de educación en Argentina”. Universidad de la Plata, Argentina. 2018. Available at:

Especial Editions – Peer Reviewed Journals:

  • Martínez, Juliana; Suárez Rodríguez, Helena; and Gil Hernández, Franklin. Eds. “Revista de Estudios Colombianos. 58:2 (2021).
  • Aristizábal Juanita and Martínez Juliana. Eds. “Violent Tales: Cultural Representation in Colombia and Mexico.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. 53:1 (2019).

Book chapters

  • Martínez, Juliana. 2021. ““Siempre agua”, el diluirse del sujeto, el tiempo y la violencia en la obra de Tomás González.”  In El manglar de la memoria. Ensayos críticos sobre la obra de Tomás González, edited by Claudia Montilla and Norman Valencia. Universidad de Los Andes Press: Bogotá, Colombia, 411-436. Best Book Compilation Award. Asociación de Colombianistas, 2021.
  • Martínez, Juliana. 2017. “’La mirada sin perspectiva de la niebla’, fantología y desaparición en En el lejero.” In Evelio Rosero y lo ciclos de la creación literaria. Edited by Felipe Gómez and María del Carmen Saldarriaga. Opera Eximia Collection, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana University Press, Bogotá, Colombia, 37-56.
  • Martínez, Juliana. 2015. “Fog Instead of Land, Spectral Topographies of Disappearance in Colombia’s Recent Literature and Film.” In Espectros, Ghostly Hauntings in Contemporary Transhispanic Narratives. Edited by Alberto Ribas-Casayas and Amanda L. Petersen. 2016. Bucknell University Press: Lewisburg, 117-131.
  • Martínez, Juliana. 2014. “Lo que no se nombra no existe. Regulación, medios de comunicación y género en Colombia.” In Políticas públicas de comunicación y género en Latino América: un camino por recorrer. Edited by Sandra Chaher. Comunicación para la Igualdad Ediciones y Friedrich Ebert Stiftung: Buenos Aires, 43-59.

Public Scholarship and Media Appearances