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Rodriguez RJR. Joseph Rodríguez is Assistant Professor of Literacy and English Education in the Department of English at The University of Texas at El Paso. He has taught English and Spanish language arts in public schools, community colleges, and universities. His areas of research include children’s and young adult literatures, language acquisition, and socially responsible biliteracies.

Joseph is the author of the book Enacting Adolescent Literacies across Communities: Latino/a Scribes and Their Rites (Lexington Books, 2017). Currently, he is completing a book manuscript titled Culturally Responsive Teaching through Inclusive Young Adult Literature: Critical Perspectives and Conversations (Routledge, 2018). Authors to be included are Jeff Anderson, Matt de la Peña, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, and Erika L. Sánchez.

A graduate of public schools in Houston, Texas, Joseph grew up in a bilingual and bicultural home and pursued university studies in literary criticism and literacy education. He is an active member of the National Council of Teachers of English. Joseph supports professional learning and exchanges across the country to advance student learning, literary research and the teaching profession. He is motivated by the art of teaching and learning, and is a reader of diverse U.S., borderlands, and world literatures. Joseph will serve as coeditor of English Journal from 2018 to 2023.

When Joseph is not reading, teaching, or writing, he enjoys cooking, hiking, kayaking, storytelling, and traveling. Catch him virtually @escribescribe.


Penn MSI Elevate June 192c 2015 166Ignacio Martínez is Assistant Professor of Colonial Latin America in the Department of History at The University of Texas at El Paso. His scholarly and research interests include world history, the Atlantic World, Latin American intellectual history, the history of emotions, and the social and cultural history of the Spanish Borderlands. He is currently working on his book tentatively titled The Intimate Frontier: Friendship and the Social Development of Northern New Spain.

Ignacio was born and raised in Roswell, New Mexico, to Mexican parents from Durango, Mexico. His interest in colonial Latin America was awakened in college amid a personal quest to better understand his own history and identity. As a scholar he is devoted to helping students achieve success in their professional lives and is always willing to spend time with students who are engaged in their own personal journeys for identity.

Ignacio is deeply devoted to his craft as a historian. However, when he succeeds in finding time to get out of the office, he enjoys working out, playing racquetball, and spending time with his family.