Samuel Martínez

Director of El Instituto | Professor of Anthropology, University of Connecticut

Samuel Martínez, PhD (Johns Hopkins) is a Cuban-born cultural anthropologist. In 2016, he was awarded the American Anthropological Association’s (AAA) President’s Award for outstanding service to the Association. His main area of research expertise is the migrant and minority rights mobilizations of undocumented Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent. In his current research and writing, he brings critical scrutiny to the writings of northern human rights monitors, journalists and social scientists about Haitian-ancestry people in the Dominican Republic. With support from El Instituto and from UConn’s Research Excellence Program and in collaboration with co-PI Thomas Craemer (UConn Public Policy), Martínez is also carrying out a content analysis of Dominican journalistic coverage of Haiti and Haitian immigration.

Current Research/Selected Publications:

International Migration and Human Rights (2009). (This book is also accessible as a free of charge Web download – 1st time users will be prompted to set up a free account and respond to a confirmation email). See also the book’s companion Website, providing supplementary instructor and student resources

Decency and Excess: Global Aspirations and Material Deprivation on a Caribbean Sugar Plantation (2007)

Peripheral Migrants: Haitians and Dominican Republic Sugar Plantations (1995)

Edited Journal Special Issues:

2011 (with Kathryn Libal) “The Gender of Humanitarian Narrative.” Humanity 2(2).

2006 (with Charles V Carnegie) “Crossing Borders of Language and Culture.” Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism 19.


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