Desirée Martín, Ph.D.

Desirée Martín, Ph.D.

desiree martin

Position Title
Associate Professor

  • English
279 Voorhies


PhD, Duke University, 2004
Graduate Certificate in Latin American Cultural Studies, 2001
BA, University of California, Berkeley, 1994

Desirée A. Martín joined the UC Davis faculty in 2004. Her interests include US-Mexico border studies and theory, Chicana/o and Latina/o studies, Transnational American studies, 19th and 20th century Mexican cultural production.

Her book "Borderlands Saints: Secular Sanctity in Chicano/a and Mexican Culture" was released in December 2013 from Rutgers University Press. 

She is currently working on a book-length project on cultural translation and the mistranslation and refusal of identity, tentatively titled "Untranslatable."



      "Borderlands Saints: Secular Sanctity in Chicano/a and Mexican Culture." Dec 2013, Rutgers        University Press.,5044.aspx

Articles, Book Chapters and Other Media:

  • "Saints," in The Routledge Companion to Latina/o Popular Culture. (Frederick Luis Aldama, Ed.). London & NY: Routledge. Forthcoming 2016. 
  • Voice-over commentary for short film "Mexican Filibusters: An Incident in the Recent Uprising" (1911), Treasures from American Film Archives, Vol. 5. DVD. 2012.
  • "Possessing La Santa de Cabora: The Union of Sacred, Human and Transnational Identities" in Crisscrossing Borders in Literature of the American West. (R. Dyck & C. Reutter, Eds.). Palgrave MacMillan. 2009.
  • "Multiculturalismo," in Diccionario de Estudios Culturales Latinoamericanos,  (Robert McKee Irwin & Mónica Szurmuk, Eds.). México, DF: Siglo XXI/Editorial Instituto Mora. 2009.
  • “'Multilingual Aesthetics and the Limits of Chicano/a Identity in Margarita Cota-Cárdenas’ Puppet,” MELUS, 33, Issue 3 (Fall 2008).
  • "'Excuse the inconvenience, but this is a revolution': Zapatista Paradox and the Rhetoric of Tourism," South Central Review 21:3 (Fall 2004) Special Issue: Memory and Nation in Contemporary Mexico, 107-128.

Awards and Honors:

  • Outstanding Book Award for "Borderlands Saints", LASA Latino/a Studies Section, 2014.
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (2001-2002)
  • Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship (1997)

Email:  dmartí

Education & Interests:

  1. Ph.D. (Duke); Chicano/a and Latino/a studies; U.S.-Mexico border studies; Transnational American studies; 19th and 20th-c. Mexican cultural production