OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Monica Muñoz Martinez

Portrait of Monica Muñoz Martinez

Monica Muñoz Martinez is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. She is an award-winning author, educator, public historian, and active participant in developing solutions that address racial injustice. Her research specializes in histories of racial violence, policing on the US-Mexico border, Latinx history, women and gender studies, public humanities, digital humanities, and restorative justice. She is author of The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in the Texas Borderlands (2018), a moving account of a little-known period of state-sponsored racial terror inflicted on ethnic Mexicans in the Texas–Mexico borderlands. Martinez is the primary investigator for Mapping Violence, a digital project that documents histories of racial violence in Texas between 1900 and 1930. She is also a founding member of the non-profit organization Refusing to Forget that calls for public commemorations of anti-Mexican violence in Texas. In 2017 she received the prestigious Andrew Carnegie fellowship, awarded to the country’s “most creative thinkers” advancing research on the challenges to democracy and international order. Martinez works as a historical consultant for museums, including the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and for documentary films. In 2019, NBC News included Martinez in their list, “Latino 20” recognizing twenty celebrities, CEOs, activists, and scholars using their voice and talent to empower Latino communities.

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