Mintzi Auanda Martínez-Rivera
Assistant Professor of English (Folklore) and Latinx Studies
Areas of Expertise
- Latin/x America P’urhépecha culture
- Expressive cultural practices
- Indigenous youth culture
- Indigenous popular culture
- Research in conflict zones
- Decolonial theories and methods
- Critical Indigenous and Anti-Oppressive research methods
- Dual Ph.D. in Anthropology and Folklore, Indiana University, Bloomington. 2014
- M.A. in Anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington. 2009
- M.A. in Folklore, Indiana University, Bloomington. 2007
- B.A. in History, Magna Cum Laude, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. 2004
Dr. Mintzi Auanda Martínez-Rivera is an Assistant Professor of English (Folklore) and Latinx Studies. She has a dual PhD in Folklore and Anthropology from Indiana University-Bloomington (2014). She has published on the indigenous rock movement in México, on P’urhépecha vernacular cultural practices, on conducting research in conflict zones, and decolonizing research methodologies. In June 2021, her co-edited book with Dr. Solimar Otero Theorizing Folklore from the Margins: Critical and Ethnical Approaches was published by Indiana University Press, and in 2022 her co-edited special issue (with Dr. Solimar Otero and Dr. Rachel Gonzalez-Martin), “Redirecting Currents: Theoretical Wayfinding with Latinx Folkloristics and Women of Color Transnational Feminisms,” was published in the Journal of American Folklore. She is currently editing her book manuscript, tentatively titled Creating Culture, Performing Community: An Angahuan Wedding Story (book contract with Indiana University Press). She is currently a member of the Executive Board of the American Folklore Society. In 2021 she was awarded a Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty from the Institute for Scholars and Citizens (formerly known as the Woodrow Wilson National Foundation). Since 2019 she has worked with the Social Justice Collaborative, a non-profit organization in California that provides legal aid on asylum cases. Prior to joining OSU, she was an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Providence College.
- Creating Culture, Performing Community: An Angahuan’s Wedding Story. Advance book contract with Indiana University Press. Submitted for review April 2023.
- “Redirecting Currents: Theoretical Wayfinding with Latinx Folkloristics and Women of Color Transnational Feminisms,” Co-editor with Rachel V González-Martin & Solimar Otero, Journal of American Folklore. 2022. Vol 135, No 536.
- “Field/Campo. Doing Research of/from/at Home: Fieldwork Research Ethics in Latinx Contexts” For the Journal of American Folklore, special volume on “Redirecting Currents: Theoretical Wayfinding with Latinx Folkloristics and Women of Color Transnational Feminisms.” Edited by Rachel V González-Martin, Mintzi A Martínez-Rivera and Solimar Otero. 2022. Vol 135, No 536, pp, 180-189.
- Theorizing Folklore from the Margins: Critical and Ethical Approaches. Co-edited with Solimar Otero. Indiana University Press. 2021.
- “What do we mean by Decolonizing (Folklore) Methods? Some stories, suggestions, and strategies from someone in the middle of the journey.” In Decolonizing Folklore, edited by Tim Frandy, Selina Morales, and Phillys May-Machunda. (under review)