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Nathalie Sofia Martinez

Linguistic Anthropology
Sociocultural Anthropology


Nathalie Sofia Martinez (she/her/ella) is a Doctoral Student, Latina, and settler currently studying on the lands of the Peoria, Kaskaskia, Piankashaw, Wea, Miami, Mascoutin, Odawa, Sauk, Mesquaki, Kickapoo, Potawatomi, Ojibwe, and Chickasaw Nations. She is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada on Southern Paiute lands and her raíces are from Colombia and El Salvador. 

Research Interests

Indigenous language reclamation, critical Indigenous theories, community-based methodologies, abolition, Indigenous feminisms, critical border theories, language activism, Guatemala


Graduate Education | University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Undergraduate Education | University of Nevada, Las Vegas

  • B.S. in Anthropology & B.A. in French, Summa Cum Laude | May 2021
  • Minor in Spanish
  • Minor in Business Administration



American Ethnological Society – Preliminary Thesis Research Grant, 2023

Lambda Alpha XLVI Senior Scholarship, 2021

Awards and Honors

Interseminars Fellowship - Humanities Research Institute, 2023

Summer Predoctoral Institute Outstanding Fellow, 2022

Summer Predoctoral Institute Outstanding Scholar, 2022

Summer Predoctoral Institute Fellowship, 2022

Graduate College Fellowship, 2022- 2026

Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship, 2022

Additional Campus Affiliations

La Casa Cultural Latina, GOLS Advisory Board Representative

Graduate Organization for, by & of Latine Students (GOLS), President [2023-2024] & Co-Founder