Dr. Doreen E. Martinez
Dr. Doreen E. Martinez expertise is in Indigenous knowledge systems and sociopolitical land and environment issues. Her work focuses on how knowledge, the theoretical grounding of our lives, is engaged and practiced. She is Mescalero Apache and Pennsylvania Dutch, born in San Antonio, Texas; yet, raised in Pennsylvania. Her family was the “only Martinez in the phone book.” She is the fourth of five children and was the first in her family to wander, break ground, gain access, and pursue US formal education. She uses a combination of collective principles, natural reason, and decolonial praxis coupled with her formal background in sociology, personal experiences, and traditional values rooted in Indigeneity in all her efforts. Dr. Martinez contemporary projects address and include mis/understandings of knowledge, collective principles, and kinship responsibilities in various environmental, climate justice, and racial justice pursuits. She is committed to ethically engage and pass along this knowledge and understandings. Thus, she is an avid advocate of alliance building and promoting justice.