History Department
History Department

Valerie Martínez

LecturerPh.D. (History), University of Texas at Austin

Valerie Martínez


  • Office: GAR 2.202
  • Office Hours: Spring 2017 *by email appointment only
  • Campus Mail Code: B7000


Mexican-American/Latino History; Borderlands; Women and Gender's Studies; Labor; Military History; Race, Ethnicity, Identity


Valerie A. Martínez specializes in 20th Century Mexican American history, U.S. Military and Labor History, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Her current project, Latina Ambassadors: The Benito Juárez Squadron and Hemispheric Politics during World War II, reconceptualizes contemporary understandings of diplomacy and international actors by investigating how Latina military participation during World War II embodied Pan-American unity during a historical period that emphasized wartime cooperation in the region. Her transnational research in both Mexico and the US has been funded by UT Austin’s History Department, the Center for Mexican American Studies, the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, the Mexican Center of the Teresa Long Institute of Latin American Studies, the American Association of Women-Austin Chapter, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Museum and Library, the General George C. Marshall Foundation, and the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University. She is a graduate of Texas Tech University (B.A, 2006, M.A, 2009) and from the University of Texas at Austin (Ph.D, 2016). She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Historical Studies at UT Austin.


HIS 314K • History Of Mexican Amers In Us

39015 • Fall 2016
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM BUR 208
(also listed as MAS 316)

The reading and lecture course examines the historical development of the Mexican community in the United States since 1848, with an emphasis on the period between 1900 and the present.  The primary purpose of the course is to address time and place specific variations in the incorporation of the Mexican community as a national minority and bottom segment of the U.S. working class.  One of my central concerns is to explain two inter-related historical trends in this incorporation, steady upward mobility and unrelenting social marginalization.  I emphasize work experiences, race thinking, social relations, trans-border relations, social causes and larger themes in U.S. history such as wars, sectional differences, industrialization, reform, labor and civil rights struggles, and the development of a modern urbanized society. Also, I incorporate relevant aspects of the history of Latinos, African Americans, and Mexico.



Manuel G. Gonzales, Mexicanos, A History of Mexicans in the US (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999).

Angela Valenzuela, “The Drought of Understanding and the Hummingbird Spirit,” Unpublished essay in my possession.

Emilio Zamora, Claiming Rights and Righting Wrongs in Texas, Mexican Workers and Job Politics during WWII (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2009).

Emilio Zamora, “Guide for Writing Family History Research Paper.



Mid-term examination (25%),

Final examination (25%),

Research paper (30%),

Two chapter reports (10%)

Film report (10%).

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