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Donna Martinez, Ph.D.


Email: Donna Martinez
Office Location: LSC 480
Phone: (303) 315-3614
Fax: (303) 315-3610
Office hours: Mon/Wed 10am-11am or by appt.
Areas of Expertise:
Political Science, Race and Politics, Race and Media


Education & Degrees

Ph.D., University of Washington, Political Science, 1993
M.A., Western Washington University, Political Science, 1985


Donna Martinez, Ph.D., graduated magna cum laude from the University of Washington with a degree in political science. She is professor in the Ethnic Studies department at the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Martinez has published three books, including Native American Worlds, with John Wiley and Sons. Her publications have garnered non-fiction, and American Association of College Libraries awards.

Dr. Martinez serves as President of the Colorado Indian Education Foundation. Dr. Martinez also serves as a commissioner on the Denver American Indian Commission, on the Mellon Committee for the American Indian College Fund, the Colorado Historical Society American Indian Advisory Committee, the Denver Art Museum American Indian Advisory Committee, and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science American Indian Advisory Committee. Dr. Martinez has coordinated indigenous language classes in Lakota, Navajo, Choctaw, and Cherokee. Her teaching awards have included the Esculea Tlatlelolco Educator Award, and the Rosa Parks Faculty Diversity Award.

Select Publications

Native American Worlds, Wiley and Sons Inc., 2003.

“American Indian Women’s Activism in the 1960s and 70s.” Hypatia. Special issue: Intersections of Native Women and Feminism, Anne Waters and MA Jaimes-Guerrero editors, fall 2002, pg. 114-133

“The Spirit of This Bridge” in This Bridge Called My Back Twenty Years Later, Gloria Anzaldua and Analouise Keating editors, Routledge, fall 2002

“Anna Lewis: Born For Trouble,” Negro History Bulletin, v62, n3, Spring 2000

“Feminisms, Civil Rights and Power,” Race, Class and Gender, Spring 1998

“The Women of Highlander,” in Women in the Civil Rights Movement: Trail Blazers and Torch Bearers, 1941-1985, v15, Black Women in United States History, Darlene Clark Hines ed., Carlson publishers, 1990

Courses Taught

ETST 2000: Introduction to Ethnic Studies
ETST 2036: American Indian Cultural Images
ETST 2294: Race and Media
ETST 3272: Global Media
ETST 3396: History of the American Indian