Ernesto Javier Martínez

Ernesto Javier Martínez profile picture
  • Title: IRES Department Head & Associate Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-5523
  • Office Hours: Fall '23: Monday 3-5pm |
  • Departments: IRES, Latinx
  • Affiliated Departments: Latinx
  • Interests: Comparative Ethnic Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Latinx Studies, Feminist Theory, Literary Studies
  • Website: Website

Contact Information

202 Alder Building | (541) 346-5523 | |


  • Ph.D., English, Cornell University (2005)
  • M.A., English, Cornell University (2003)
  • B.A., English, with Honors, Stanford University (1998)


I was born in East Oakland, California and raised bi-nationally, moving back and forth between Jalisco, México and the states. I was raised in a Mexican and Puerto Rican working-class household where I learned the value of solidarity, earned rage against injustice, and above all a hopefulness about what tomorrow can bring. I studied literature at Stanford and Cornell, and I’ve been teaching here in the Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies since 2006. I’m an activist-scholar primarily working in the fields of queer studies, Latinx studies, feminist theory, and comparative ethnic studies. I am also a children’s book author and a filmmaker. I’m eager to support students in finding their own path, contributing to the vibrancy of our communities, and creating mentorship-rich networks.



  • WHEN WE LOVE SOMEONE WE SING TO THEM, illustrated by Maya Christina González (Reflections Press,  2018).​

  • THE TRULY DIVERSE FACULTY: NEW DIALOGUES IN AMERICAN HIGHER EDUCATION, co-edited with Stephanie Fryberg (Palgrave Press, 2014).


  • GAY LATINO STUDIES: A CRITICAL READER, co-edited with Michael Hames-García (Duke University Press, 2011).



  • LA SERENATA. [Feature Film Screenplay | 107 pages]. Co-written with Adelina Anthony. * Awards: Diverse Voices Screenwriting Lab Semifinalist (2022).

  • DANIEL VISITS A NEW NEIGHBORHOOD. [Animated Feature | 44 min.]. Co-written with Jill Turner. (9 Story Media, 2021 | PBS Broadcast, June 20, 2022). 

  • LA SERENATA SHORT FILM. [Short Film | 13 min.]. Written and co-produced by Ernesto Martínez. Dir. by Adelina Anthony. (Aderisa Productions, 2019 | HBO Broadcast 2020-22). * Awards: 8 “Best Film” Awards, 20+ Film Festivals

Episodes (Digitial and TV)

  • THE BOY WHO BECAME A RIVER. [Animated Pilot | 20 pages.| Unproduced]. Written and co-produced by Ernesto Martínez. * Contracted (“ROFR”) by Sesame Workshop, 2020-21. Finalist, Ojalá Ignition Lab, 2021.

  • "Musical Show and Share." [Live Action Episode | 3 min.] Sesame Street - Ready for School, Ready for the World (RSRW). Written by Ernesto Martínez. (Sesame Street, 2021 | Digital Broadcast, April, 2022).

  • "Cantar." [Live Action Episode | 3 min.] Sesame Street - Spanish Word of the Day. Written by Ernesto Martínez. Digital Series (Sesame Workshop 2021| Sesame Youtube Broadcast 2021).


  • “Con quién, dónde, y por qué te dejas? Reflections on Joto Passivity,” Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies. 39:1 (2014)

  • “Constructed Strugglers: The Impact of Diversity Narratives on Junior Faculty of Color,” co-written with Stephanie Fryberg. In The Truly Diverse Faculty: New Dialogues in American Higher Education, co-edited with Stephanie Fryberg. Palgrave Macmillan Press. 2014.

  • “Foreward,” Amorcito Corazón: Poems. By Lorenzo Herréra y Lozano. Kórima Press, 2014.  

  • "Officially Advocated, Institutionally Undermined: Diversity Rhetoric and the Subjective Reality of Junior Faculty of Color,” co-written with Stephanie Fryberg and Victoria Plaut. International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nationas. 11.2 (2012).   

  • “Re-membering Gay Latino Studies,” co-written with Michael Hames-García. In Gay Latino Studies: A Critical Reader. Duke University Press. 2011.​

  • “Shifting the Site of Queer Enunciation: Manuel Muñoz and the Politics of Form.” In Gay Latino Studies: A Critical Reader. Duke University Press. 2011. ​

  • “On Butler on Morrison on Language,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. 35.4 (2010).  ​​​

  • “Dying to Know: Identity and Self-Knowledge in Baldwin’s Another Country.” PMLA: Publication of the Modern Language Association. 124.3 (2009).

Awards and Honors

  • "Notable Writer," Outfest Screenwriting Lab, 2022

  • Latino Media Market Fellow (National Associatino for Latino Independent Producers), 2022

  • Diverse Voices Screenwriting Lab (Quarterfinalist), 2022

  • Ojalá Ignition Lab Fellowship (Finalist), 2021

  • Stanford Pride Award of Merit, Stanford Alumni Association, 2021

  • “LGBTQ Writers in Schools” Featured Author, NYC Department of Education, 2021-

  • Faculty Research Grant, CSWS, University of Oregon, 2021

  • Queer Hero Award, Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest (GALPN), 2021

  • Creative Arts Summer Stipend, Office of the Provost, University of Oregon, 2021

  • Sesame Workshop Writer’s Room Fellowship, 2020

  • HBO Latino/ Official Latino Short Film Competition Winner, 2019

  • Imagen Award ("Best Short Film"), The Imagen Foundation, 2019

  • International Latino Book Award (Best Children’s Picture Book in English), 2019

  • International Latino Book Award (Best First Book—Children and Youth—Bilingual), 2019

  • Jury Award for Best Short Film, Long Beach Queer Film Festival, 2019

  • Jury Award for Best Youth Short, Seattle Queer Film Festival, 2019

  • Jury Award for Best Short Film, Connecticut LGBTQ Film Festival, 2019

  • Jury Award for Best Motion Picture Short Narrative, La Frontera Queer Film Fest, 2019

  • Award of Excellence, Accolade Global Film Competition, 2019

  • NFA Artist Grant, National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, 2019

  • Rainbow List, American Library Association, 2019

  • Fund for Faculty Excellence Award, Office of the Provost, 2018

  • Faculty Research Award, Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, 2018 

  • Faculty Research Grant, Center for the Study of Women and Society, 2018

  • Project Grant, Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, 2018

  • Latinx Studies Seed Grant, Center for Latina/o and Latin American Studies, 2018

  • Emerging Scholar Award, Diverse Magazine, 2015

  • Best Book Award (Finalist), Lambda Literary Foundation, 2013

  • Best Book Award (Winner), Lambda Literary Foundation, 2012

  • Career Enhancement Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, 2009 

  • Future of Minority Studies (FMS) Summer Institute Fellowship, Cornell University, 2009

  • Ford Foundation Fellowship, 1999

  • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, 1996