Monica Muñoz Martinez is an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University. She received her PhD in American Studies from Yale University. While at Yale she co-founded the Public Humanities Initiative in American Studies. Her work to institutionalize this initiative came from an investment as a Latina historian in bridging divides between academic and public centers of knowledge. At Brown she offers courses in US Race Relations, Ethnic Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Latino/a Studies, and the Public Humanities. Her current research project addresses the intersecting nature of racial and gender violence in the twentieth century, particularly its impact on communities in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. She documents residents that preserve vernacular histories as a means for refusing mainstream histories that disavow colonial violence of the early twentieth century. In particular, she examines residents that reckon with lingering sentiments of loss that continue to impact social relations. This year she is a Faculty Fellow at the Brown Center for Students of Color and a Public Humanities Faculty Fellow at the John Nicholas Brown Center for the Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage. Her research received funding from the Mellon Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National Foundation, and the Texas State Historical Association.