Monica Muñoz Martinez, IRT ’05 named MacArthur Fellow

Monica was named a 2021 MacArthur Fellow. The MacArthur Fellowship is unrestricted and unofficially known as the “Genius Grant.” The MacArthur Foundation considers that the fellowship “is not a reward for past accomplishment, but rather an investment in a person’s originality, insight, and potential.” Congratulations, Monica, on this prestigious award

Monica Muñoz Martinez, IRT ’05
Photo credit: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Monica was an IRT intern in 2005 and continued to be involved in the IRT as part of the IRT Summer Workshop Faculty for the subsequent six workshops. She is currently an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Texas. Not only an educator and public historian, but Monica is also an award-winning author of The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas, (Harvard University Press Sept 2018). Many national media outlets feature her research. Her current project, Mapping Violence, focuses on recording cases of racial violence in Texas during 1900 – 1930.  

Monica received her master’s degree from Brown University and her Ph.D. from Yale University.

As part of Dr. Martinez’s commitment to IRT, we wanted to share quotes from those who knew her. 

“Monica Muñoz Martinez is an outstanding and committed scholar and professor. Professor Martinez is a rare educator who has always understood the value of education and exudes the importance of thinking capaciously about marginality, memory, and movements in her teaching and scholarship. She has always taken seriously the vocation of teaching and learning tracing back to her research interests as an IRT Summer Workshop Fellow. Throughout her tenure at the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) as a former faculty member, co-curriculum coordinator, and mentor, her conviction that when students and educators of diverse backgrounds are equipped with critical analytical and historical skills, they can grow intellectually and bridge those skills to discovering solutions that advance justice and equity in education, was constant and unwavering. This MacArthur Fellowship Award is well-deserved recognition of her resistant and perseverant commitment to recovering the historiographical knowledge and accounts of marginalized and oppressed communities and in so doing, deepening our knowledge of the past but also highlighting transformative possibilities for the future.”
Asabe Poloma, Assistant Provost, Office of Global Engagement and Director, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, Brown University

“I admire Monica for directing the world to her home space. She’s been doing this for as long as I’ve known her when she was a rising senior at Brown. She loves her home-Texas-and as a public historian she brings the world into the truths that must be told. Her work is repair and restoration. She offers healing through truth-telling, and that is what the world needs. Brilliant!”
Chera Reid, IRT ’00, C0-Executive Director, Center for Evaluation Innovation

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