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Christian A. Johnson 215

Jack Martínez Arias’ research focuses on the intersections of literature, capitalism, and the ecological impacts of extractive industries in the indigenous communities of the Andes. 

As writer of fiction, Martinez is the author of two novels: Bajo la sombra (2014) and Sustitución (2017). 

He received his bachelor’s degree in Latin American literature from the National University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru, and his Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese from Northwestern University. 

Jack taught a variety of courses on Latin American literature and culture at Hamilton College from 2017 to 2021. He also taught at Saint Michael’s College in the last academic year.

Recent Courses Taught

Literature and Modernity in the Andes     
Creative Writing in Spanish         
Introduction to Latin American Literature    
Spanish Conversation            
Spanish Immersion II             
Spanish Immersion I

Select Publications

  • “La Independencia postergada: colonialismo e indigenismo en el fin de siglo boliviano.” Taller de Letras 66 (2020): 103-118.
  • “Modernizing the Andes: Literature and Mining Industry in a Foundational Novel.” Decimonónica 14.2 (2017): 54-70.
  • “La fotografía como evidencia y premonición en “La noche de los visones” de Pedro Lemebel.” Chasqui 46.1 (2017): 45-56.
  • “Entren los que quieran: Calle 13 y la construcción de lo latino(americano).” Studies in Latin American Popular Culture 35 (2017): 195-209.
  • “Estética, política y economía: dinámicas dialécticas en Amauta.” Horizonte de la Ciencia 6.11 (2016): 15-26.
  • “Pendiendo de la maquinaria: autos y hombres en “La autopista del sur” de Julio Cortázar.” A Contracorriente 12.3 (2015): 220-239.

College Service

Spanish Table, 2022-
Teaching at Clinton Elementary School, 2017-19
Radio host of Ritmos Latinos, the radio show of the Hispanic Studies Department, 2020-21

Professional Affiliations

Latin American Studies Association

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

Ph.D., Northwestern University
B.A., Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos


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