Born in Tandil, Argentina, Luciano Martínez received the degree of Profesor de Castellano y Literatura from the Instituto San José in his hometown, and completed that of Profesor en Letras at the National University of Mar del Plata, for which he received the dean's Award for Outstanding Graduate. In 2000, he obtained his Licenciatura en Letras and, once again, was given the dean's Award for Outstanding Graduate. That same year, he was honored with the Academia Argentina de Letras award, given to the year's most outstanding graduate in literature in the country.
Specializing in Latin American Literature, Professor Martínez received his M.A. and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was awarded an Andrew Mellon Fellowship to write his dissertation. Wishing to work beyond the confines of existing disciplines, he pursued a Doctoral Certificate in Cultural Studies from Pitt's Cultural Studies Program, the oldest and most interdisciplinary such program in the United States. In addition, he obtained a Certificate of Advanced Study in Latin American Studies.
His book, Miguel Briante, genealogía de un olvido (2001), was widely reviewed in Spain, Argentina and the United States. He has published articles on Jorge Luis Borges, Héctor Tizón, César Vallejo and Brazilian gay literature. One recent essay, "The Dictatorship of Masculinity," is part of the book 21st Century Gay Culture (2008), edited by David Powell.
At Swarthmore College, Luciano Martínez teaches courses in contemporary Latin American literature focusing on topics such as the non-fiction novel, literature and cinema, the Latin American short story, and gay and lesbian literature.
Luciano Martínez served as the chair of the Latin American Studies program, the Gender and Sexuality Studies program, and the Spanish section of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.
Professor Martínez's current research interests center on the representation of minor subjectivities -specifically gays, lesbians and "travestis"- both in literature and cinema. He is the editor of the first special issue of Revista Iberoamericana on gay and lesbian studies and queer theory, which brings together the most current theoretical perspectives from Latin American, European and American scholars. His next book project deals with an aspect unexplored in both the field of history and that of literary studies: the relationship between two groups that offered resistance to the authoritarian Latin American governments of the seventies, the activists of the revolutionary left, convinced of the necessity of an armed fight, and the homosexuals, committed to the cause of sexual liberation.