Stephanie   Alvarez

Associate Professor  

Office: EEDUC 2.216B
Phone: (956) 665-3441
Email: stephanie.alvarez@utrgv.edu

Dr. Stephanie Alvarez

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Latin@ Cultural Studies, Pedagogy, Identity & Literature
  • Education

    • Graduate Certificate, International Regional Studies, The University of Oklahoma, 2006
    • PhD, Spanish, The University of Oklahoma, 2006
    • MA, Spanish, St. Louis University, 1998
    • BA, Spanish, University of South Alabama, 1995




Selected Publications


  • Stephanie Alvarez Martinez and José Martínez. "“La palabra, conciencia y voz: Tato Laviera and The Cosecha Voices Project at The University of Texas-Pan American.," New York: CUNY: Center for Puerto Rican Studies, November 2014: 204-236.

  • Stephanie Alvarez Martinez and William Luis. ed. The AmeRícan Poet: Collected Essays on the Works of Tato Laviera. . New York: CUNY: Center for Puerto Rican Studies, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2014.

  • Stephanie Alvarez Martinez. "“Subversive English in Raining Backwards: A Different Kind of Spanglish.” Hispania. ," (September 2013).

  • Stephanie Alvarez Martinez and Christian Ramirez. “Braceros: A Legacy of Triumph.”. August 2012.

  • Stephanie Alvarez Martinez. Hunger of Memory. The Education of Richard Rodriguez.” . Masterplots. . Pasadena: 2011: 2751-2753.

  • Stephanie Alvarez Martinez. "“Incorporating the Migrant Experience in the Classroom to Impact Student Success: The Cosecha Voices Project Model.” U.S. Department of Migrant Education Conference," U.S. Department of Migrant Education Conference. San Marcos TX. / Omnipress: 2011: 1-23.

  • Stephanie Alvarez Martinez. "Esmeralda Santiago.” . Encyclopedia of American Immigration. . Pasadena TX./Salem Press: 2010: 922-23.

  • Stephanie Alvarez Martinez and Orquidea Morales. Cosecha Voices. Bilingual website documenting the lives of migrant farmworker students.. 2010.

  • Stephanie Alvarez Martinez. Tato Madera Smith. Afro-Hispanic Review , 29, no. 1 2010: 7-8.

  • Stephanie Alvarez Martinez. “Crossing y tejiendo borders: Una conversación multilingüe con Tato Laviera,. CENTRO. Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, 29, no. 4 2010: 2-16.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


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  • Maritza De La Trinidad. THE AMERICAN HISTORY AND CIVICS EDUCATION-NATIONAL ACTIVITIES GRANT, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, $2,024,557.00 (October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2021)

  • Jennifer Esquierdo. CRESS: Culturally Relevant Education through Social Studies, Humanities Texas, $10,000.00 ( 2017)

  • Stephanie Alvarez Martinez. Smithsonian Institute Community Grant, MetLife Foundation “Mural to Honor Braceros and Farmworkers of the Rio Grande Valley" , Smithsonian Institute , MetLife Foundation , $5,000.00 (August 2012)

  • Stephanie Alvarez Martinez. “Outdoor Performance and Meeting Area for Reed Mock Elementary School.” , Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, $2,425.00 (May 2012)

  • Stephanie Alvarez Martinez. UTPA Undergraduate Research Initiative. “Women in Conjunto., $2,000.00 (September 2011 - May 2012)

  • Stephanie Alvarez Martinez. University of Texas-Pan American Faculty Development Grant, “Tato Laviera – Voz del Barrio” , University of Texas-Pan American , $5,000.00 (January 2012)

  • Stephanie Alvarez Martinez. UTPA Undergraduate Research Incentive Grant. “Educational Obstacles of Migrant Students Getting to and Graduating from the University.” , University of Texas-Pan American , $2,000.00 (2010 - 2011)

  • Stephanie Alvarez Martinez. University of Texas Undergraduate Research Initiative. “Bracero Oral History Project.” Student Participant, University of Texas , $2,000.00 (November 2011)

  • Stephanie Alvarez Martinez. Racial Healing Initiative “Cosecha Voices", Kellogg Foundation, $504,032.00 ( )



Selected Presentations


  • Stephanie Alvarez Martinez, Marika Dawkins, Maritza De La Trinidad, Lilia Garcia, Theresa Mata-Pistokache, Natasha Altema McNeely, Hilda Medrano, Cynthia Paccacerqua, Kathryn Perez, Mary Rocha, and Sonya Salinas. "Challenges and Recommendations to Improve Workplace Equity for Women of Color and Women at UTRGV," NSF INCLUDES Symposium for Advancing Latinas in STEM careers, UTRGV, NSF Includes, South Padre Island (May 2019)

  • Maritza De La Trinidad, Stephanie Alvarez Martinez, and Amanda Tovar. "Mexican American Studies in Texas Schools," 6th National Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language, UTRGV Spanish Department, McAllen Convention Center (February 2019)

  • Stephanie Alvarez Martinez. "Aesthetics of Colonial Hierarchies in Public Spaces," Hacemos La Ciudad Public Lecture Series , Las Imaginistas, Brownsville Public Library (July 2018)

  • Stephanie Alvarez Martinez. "Student Voice; The Power of Story-Telling Self-Reflection, and Learning," Elevate Teaching and Learning, Cleveland, Ohio (June 2018)

  • Stephanie Alvarez Martinez. "Honoring Gloria Anzaldúa en El Valle," El Mundo Zurdo, Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa, San Antonio (May 2018)

  • Stephanie Alvarez Martinez. "Why You Should Be Getting Ethnic Studies Into Your Classroom and How," National School Boards Association Conference, National Hispanic Council of School Board Members, San Antonio (April 2018)

  • Stephanie Alvarez Martinez. "Jefferson Davis Monument and White Supremacy," Frontera Progressives, Brownsville Public Library (February 2018)

  • Stephanie Alvarez Martinez. "“Chicanismo en el Valle Durante el Movimiento: A Survey of Student and Faculty Resistance in Pan-American Colleges”," National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies, South Padre Island, Texas (October 2017)

  • Stephanie Alvarez Martinez. "Racialization of Language: Does the Rhetoric of “Academic Spanish” Reinforce White Supremacy," Texas Association of Biligual Education, McAllen, Texas (October 2017)

  • Stephanie Alvarez Martinez and Jennifer Esquierdo. ""Increasing Relevancy and Engagement in Social Studies in English and Spanish"," RGV Texas Association of Bilingual Education, RGV Texas Association of Bilingual Education, South Padre Island, Texas (January 2017)

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