Jose Martínez joined the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures in 1998. His teaching and research centers on Spanish American and Hispanic Caribbean literature and culture. He has published on subjects such as music and literature in the Hispanic Caribbean region, the Afro-Hispanic cultural traditions in Puerto Rican literature and the novels of the Puerto Rican author Luis Rafael Sánchez.

Before coming to Stonehill College, Martinez taught Spanish at Bridgewater State College as a visiting professor. He was also an assistant professor at the University of Central Arkansas, in Conway, Arkansas, where he was Tenured, and taught part-time while in a Ph.D. program at the University of Texas at Austin and Austin Community College.

Martinez was a participant at the third educational visit to Uganda and Kenya in Africa from May 21 to June 9, 2008, sponsored by the Holy Cross Mission Center at the University of Notre Dame. This educational travel was meant to provide faculty at Holy Cross institutions in the United States with an opportunity to learn firsthand about the cultures of Uganda and Kenya, and the educational resources and needs of Holy Cross educators in East Africa. He was also a faculty participant in the H.O.P.E. trip to Lima, Peru in 2000. In 2006, he traveled to Lima, Peru for a Travel Community (LC) course: Crossing Borders: Meeting Our Peruvians Neighbors, with the late Professor Peter Beisheim of the Department of Religious Studies. 


  • B.A. in Hispanic Studies, University of Puerto Rico
  • M.A. in Spanish Literature, University of Texas-Austin
  • Ph.D., in Spanish Literature, University of Texas-Austin

Courses Taught

  • First Semester Spanish 
  • Second Semester Spanish
  • Third Semester Spanish
  • Fourth Semester Spanish
  • Perspectives in Spanish Language and Culture I 
  • Perspectives in Spanish Language and Culture II 
  • Survey of Latin American Culture & Literature I 
  • Survey of Latin American Culture & Literature II
  • Seminar in Spanish: Latin American Literature (Realismo Magico-Magical Realism) 
  • Afro-Hispanic Culture and Literature of the Caribbean 
  • US Hispanic Literature: Voices & Experiences on Migration & Immigration


  • During Alumni Weekend in 2006, the Offices of Intercultural Affairs, Student Activities and Alumni Affairs presented Martinez with an award in recognition of his promotion and celebration of diversity at Stonehill College.