NEH Summer Institute

A Summer Institute (Residential) for Secondary School Teachers (Grades 6–12) at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in collaboration with Center for Inter-American and Border Studies (CIBS) and Institute of Oral History (IOH)

July 16th – July 30th, 2023


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Ignacio Martínez is an Associate Professor of history specializing in the history of colonial Latin America in the Department of History at the University of Texas at El Paso. He received my B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of New Mexico and in 2013 he earned my Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. Ignacio’s research and scholarly interests include the Atlantic World, the social and intellectual history of colonial Mexico, the Spanish Borderlands, and the history of emotions. MartinezHis book is titled The Intimate Frontier: Friendship Civil Society in Northern New Spain, (University of Arizona Press, 2019) and examines the role of friendship in the social and intellectual construction of frontier society.

Ignacio’s second book project, which is currently in its initial stages, takes a broader methodological approach in analyzing how ideas about friendship matured and circulated throughout the Atlantic World. Ignacio is also in the process of writing a series of articles that address such themes as pain and loneliness on the Spanish frontier and the use and abuse of lies and deception as instruments of power.

As a scholar and intellectual, Ignacio is fundamentally devoted to thinking deeply and conscientiously about the world around us. He is also profoundly committed to helping and mentoring students. When Ignacio does find a few minutes to unwind, he enjoys playing racquetball, going for early morning walks, drinking with friends, and family movie night. He lives in El Paso, Texas.



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R. Joseph Rodríguez

is a faculty member at St. Edward’s University in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture. 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.

RodriguezJoseph is the author of Teaching Culturally Sustaining and Inclusive Young Adult Literature: Critical Perspectives and Conversations (Routledge, 2019). Some authors included are Jeff Anderson, Matt de la Peña, Guadalupe García McCall, and Erika L. Sánchez. Also, he is the author of Enacting Adolescent Literacies across Communities: Latino/a Scribes and Their Rites (Lexington Books, 2016) and has published in various academic journals. His most recent book is titled This Is Our Summons Now: Poems (FlowerSong Press, 2022). He is completing a book project titled Youth Scribes: Teaching a Love of Writing NOW, which will be published by Heinemann in 2023.

A graduate of public schools in Houston, Texas, Joseph grew up in a bilingual and bicultural home and pursued studies in literary criticism and literacy education. He earned degrees from Kenyon College (B.A., Modern Languages and Literatures, 1997), University of Texas at Austin (M.A., English, 1999), and University of Connecticut (Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, 2001).

An active member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Joseph supports professional learning and exchanges across the country to advance student learning and the teaching profession. He serves as coeditor of English Journal, a peer-reviewed journal of NCTE that has been published since 1912. It features columns and articles on all aspects of the teaching of English language arts and literacy learning at middle schools and junior and senior high schools.

Joseph is motivated by the art of teaching, learning, and writing. He is a reader of diverse U.S., borderlands, and world literatures. When he is not reading, teaching, or writing, Joseph enjoys cooking, hiking, kayaking, storytelling, and traveling with the love of his life and Maxwell, their cantankerous canine. He and his family live in Austin and Fredericksburg, Texas.