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Luciano Martínez

Associate Professor of Spanish

Chair, Arts & Humanities Academic Division

Department of Spanish


  2. Phone: (610) 328-8016
  3. Kohlberg 343
  4. Office Hours:

    Mondays, 12:30-2:00 p.m. / Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00-10:20 a.m.

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Luciano Martínez is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Swarthmore College, where he also serves as the chair of the Division of Arts and Humanities. He has additionally served as chair of the Department of Spanish, coordinator of the Latin American and Latino Studies and the Gender and Sexuality Studies programs, and Spanish section head of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.  Based on his administrative experience, he recently published "Who We Really Are? Disciplinary Struggles and the Role of Literature in Language Departments" on the ADFL Bulletin (MLA, 2022).

Prof. Martínez holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Spanish and Latin American literatures from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was awarded an Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship, and received the Elizabeth Baranger Award for Excellence in Teaching. At Pitt, he also pursued a Doctoral Certificate in Cultural Studies, and he obtained a Certificate in Latin American Studies. Previously, in Argentina, he earned three B.A. degrees: “Profesor de Castellano y Literatura” from the Instituto San José, and “Profesor en Letras” and “Licenciado en Letras” from the National University of Mar del Plata, for which he received twice the dean’s Award for Outstanding Graduate. He was also honored with the Academia Argentina de Letras award, given to the year’s most outstanding graduate in literature in the country. 

Prof. Martínez is the editor of Escritoras latinoamericanas del siglo XXI [21st Century Latin American Women Writers](Liverpool University Press, 2023), Pedro Lemebel, belleza indómita (Serie ACP / IILI, 2022) , andLos estudios lésbico-gays y queer latinoamericanos [Latin American Lesbian, Gay and Queer Studies] (IILI, 2008). He is the author of Miguel Briante, genealogía de un olvido [Miguel Briante, Genealogy of An Oblivion] (Beatriz Viterbo, 2001). He published articles on contemporary Latin American literature with a focus on gender and sexuality, and literary pedagogy.

At Swarthmore, Prof. Martínez teaches courses on contemporary Latin American literature and culture, Jorge Luis Borges and literary theory, Gabriel García Márquez and Colombian literature, and cultural conflict and literary representations.

He was an elected delegate to the Modern Language Association’s Assembly, and he is a board member of the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.