Martin holds a bachelor of arts degree from Union University (2007) and a masters degree from Middlebury College and Middlebury Sede Prim in Madrid, Spain (2008). Her doctorate was completed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2014) in modern languages, with a specialization in Spanish, where she also received a graduate certificate of study in women’s and gender studies. Prior to joining Milligan’s faculty, Martin was employed at the University of Nebraska and Union University teaching Spanish. While at the University of Nebraska, Martin also worked as the language lab manager, during which time she remodeled and updated the language lab to reflect the twenty-first century language learner; she worked to incorporate iPads, mobile furniture, and smart TVs in a global classroom to be able to stream world music, news, movies, as well as conference with researchers and classes around the world. She has coordinated with the Mid-Continent Consortium and UNL Education Abroad to lead trips to Spain and Mexico, and has worked to organize and lead the European Humanities Tour for Milligan. Her dissertation focuses on late twentieth-century Latin American women’s narrative with a focus on the role of consumption. Other areas of interest include twentieth and twenty-first century Latin American short stories, film studies, women’s and gender studies, Latin American studies, and ecocriticism and ecofeminism.
Martin grew up in Puerto Rico and has lived abroad in China, Mexico, Chile, and Spain. She has also served on medical mission trips to Nicaragua.
Topics of Expertise: Second language acquisition; Social media in the classroom; Consumption and gendered roles of consumption in Latin America; Women’s narrative voices in twentieth-century Latin America