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Ramón Antonio Martínez

Assistant Professor

Language & Literacy Studies


Office & Hours

Office: SZB 334J
By appointment

(512) 232-2806

(512) 471-8460

Courses of Instruction
Community Literacy (EDC 339C)
Methods of Teaching Language Arts (EDC 670EB)
Sociolinguistics in Research and Teaching (EDC 385G)
Literacy and Social Change (EDC 385G)


Ramón Antonio Martínez is an assistant professor in Language and Literacy Studies and a faculty affiliate with Bilingual/Bicultural Education and the Center for Mexican American Studies. His research examines how the everyday language practices of Chicana/Chicano and Latina/Latino students overlap with the forms of academic language and literacy privileged in school settings.  In addition, Dr. Martínez explores how competing ideologies inform language policy and classroom practice in urban schools, and how students and teachers in those schools articulate, embody, and challenge such ideologies in their everyday interactions.  Before earning his doctorate from the Division of Urban Schooling at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, Dr. Martínez worked as an elementary school teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District.


Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2009

Representative Publications

Martínez, R. A. (2013). Reading the world in Spanglish: Hybrid language practices and ideological contestation in a sixth-grade English language arts classroom. Linguistics & Education, 24(3), 276-288. 

Palmer, D. & Martínez, R. A. (2013). Teacher agency in bilingual spaces: A fresh look at preparing teachers to educate Latina/o bilingual children. Review of Research in Education, 37(1), 281-309.

Martínez, R. A. & Quartz, K. H. (2012). Zoned for change: A historical case study of the Belmont Zone of Choice. Teachers College Record, 114(10).

Martínez, R. A. (2010). Spanglish as literacy tool: Toward an understanding of the potential role of Spanish-English code-switching in the development of academic literacy. Research in the Teaching of English, 45(2), 124-149.  

Martínez, R. A., Orellana, M. F., Pacheco, M., & Carbone, P. (2008). Found in translation: Connecting translating experiences to academic writing. Language Arts, 85(6), 421-431. 

Recent Awards

  • College of Education Dean's Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin, 2012
  • Alan C. Purves Award, Research in the Teaching of English, National Council of Teachers of English, 2011
  • Emerging Scholar Award, Language and Social Processes Special Interest Group, American Educational Research Association, 2010
  • Invited Lecturer, Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series: George I. Sánchez Memorial Lecture in the Social Sciences and Education, Center for Mexican American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 2010

Current Research Projects and Grants

Summer Research Grant, University of Texas at Austin, 2011: "Exploring and Expanding Bilingual Students' Linguistic Repertoires in an Innovative Dual Language Program"

Research Interests and Expertise

Bilingualism and biliteracy; language ideologies; critical literacy; sociocultural theory; ethnography

Boards, Committees and Associations

  • American Anthropological Association
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Literacy Research Association
  • National Council of Teachers of English