Esther Diaz Martin, PhD
Gender and Women's Studies; Latin American and Latino Studies
Dr. Díaz Martín received her Ph.D. in Spanish with a Graduate Portfolio in Mexican American and Latina/o Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a first-generation mother-scholar of Mexican origin with roots in the San Joaquin Central Valley in California where her family continues to work in the agricultural sector. Her current book project focuses on the sonic performances of Latina feminisms as heard across contemporary commercial and web-based radio. Her scholarship, centering on the intersections of sonic, oral, and aural knowledge-making in Latinx popular culture and literature, is published in Chicana/Latina Studies, Diálogo, and Spanish and Portuguese. She was a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for the Humanities in the 2021-2022 academic year and currently co-leads the Latinx Sound Cultures Studies research working group through the Crossing Latinidades Humanities Research Initiative. Her most current essay on the topic of navigating academia as a first-generation dual career couple can be read here. Profesora Díaz is passionate about learning from, mentoring, and supporting UIC students, especially Latinx students and students from underrepresented backgrounds in academia.