Associate Professor


  • Office Hours:

    by appointment
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Associate Professor
  • Concentration:

    • Indigenous Studies
    • Epistemology
    • Research Methods
    • Gender Studies
  • Department:

    • Ethnic Studies and Women's Studies & Gender Research
  • Education:

    • PhD Sociology


Dr. Doreen E. Martinez is Mescalero Apache (paternally) and Pennsylvania Dutch (maternally). She is a transnational Indigenous epistemologist with a Sociology PhD. Her scholarly expertise is in Indigenous knowledge systems, research methodologies, visual culture, and, sociopolitical land and environment issues.  Her work focuses on how diverse knowledges, life’s theoretical grounding, are engaged and practiced every day.

Her scholarship addresses and include mis/understandings of identity, collective philosophies, contemporary and historical belief practices, and nation-state influences. She is committed to ethically engage and pass along this knowledge and understandings.  Thus, she is an avid advocate of alliance building and promoting justice.

Recent and current research include: Integration of Indigenous Principles within Public and Federal Lands Management (3 projects); Training Community Trainers for policy and system change through community engagement; Buffalo Restoration Community Engagement on the Wind River Reservation.

Recent presentations: “Indigenous Seeings and Tellings of Human-Nature Beingness,”  “Historicizing Indigenous Presence: Footprints, Artifacts, and Indigenous Ways of Being and Knowing,” “Roots to Indigenous Ecosystem Health: Natural Reason and Natural Law through Indigeneity,” "Indigenous Epistemologies for Land Tellings, Restoration, and Change."


Selected Articles:

Gould, Rachelle K., Doreen E. Martinez, and Kristin R. Hoelting. 2023. "Exploring Indigenous relationality to inform the relational turn in sustainability science,"Ecosystems and People. 2023, 19(1).

Martinez, Doreen E.,  2021.  “Storying Traditions, Lessons and Lives: Responsible and Grounded Indigenous Storying Ethics and Methods,” Genealogy.  2021, 5(4): 84, pp. 1-16.

Martinez, Doreen E., Karina Cespedes, Roe Bubar and Caridad Souza. 2018. “When Decolonial Goes Precolonial: Voices of Ancestors, Revolutions and Being.” International Review of Qualitative Research, 11(1): Spring 2018, 81-94.

Martinez, Doreen E., 2014. “The Right to Be Free of Fear: Indigeneity and the United Nations.” Wicazo Sa Review, 29 (2): Fall 2014.

_____. 2012. “Wrong Directions, New Maps of Authenticity and Indigeneity: Cultural Tourism, Indigenous Commodities and the Intelligence of Participation.” American Indian Quarterly, 36 (3): Fall 2012.

Selected Book Chapters:

Bubar, Roe and Doreen E. Martinez. 2017. “Trickster as Resistance: Neoliberalism Impacts on Indigenous Research and Indigenous Methodologies,” for Qualitative Inquiry in Neoliberal Times.  Edited by Michael Giardina and Norman Denzin. Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast Press.

Martinez, Doreen E. 2016. “Holistic Social Justice: Listening to Indigenous Voices and Telling Lessons of Our Traditions, Our Ancestors and Our Futures,” in We Still Live Here: First Nations, The Alberta Oil Sands, and Surviving Globalism. Edited by Dr. Michael Hankard. Vernon, BC: JCharlton Publishing, 207-230.

_____. 2014. “Methodologies of Social Justice: Indigenous Foundations and Lessons,” in Exploring Social Justice: Indigenous Perspectives. Edited by Dr. John G. Henson and Dr. Alex Wilson. Vernon, BC: JCharlton Publishing, 2-21.

_____. 2014. “Polar Bears, Inuit Names and Climate Citizenship: Understanding Climate Change Visual Culture through Green Consumerism, Environmental Philanthropy and Indigeneity,” for Culture, Politics and Climate Change: How Information Shapes Our Common Future. Edited by Dr. Max Boycoff and Dr. Deserai Crow. New York, NY: Routledge, 39-55.

Other Scholarly Activities:

Martinez, Doreen E., 2021. “Ruptures and Realities for (Re)Wilding,” Seattle DSA (Democratic Socialists of America), Virtual, April 29, 2021.

Martinez, Doreen E. 2021. “Mumblings Count: Ruminations on Beliefs and Practices (of Spirituality),” World Wisdom Project, March 2, 2021.

Schneider, Lindsey and Doreen E. Martinez, 2019. “The Land Holds Memories,” reprint, SOURCE, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. Fall 2019.

“Colorado State University: Land Acknowledgement Statement Video.” Presidential Task Force for Native American Initiatives, Director, Producer, and Writer, Fort Collins, CO.

First Generation Story

She was born in San Antonio, Texas; yet, raised in Pennsylvania.  Her family being the “only Martinez in the phone book.”  She is the fourth of five children and was the first in her family to wander, break ground, gain access, and pursue US formal education.


  • LB 393 Democracy, Liberties and Rights: Indigenous and Western Realities and Challenges

  • ETST 441 Indigenous Knowledges

  • ETST 493 Ethnic Studies Research Methods and Writing

  • ETST/HIST 255 Native American History

  • ETST 414 Development in Indian Country