Andrew Martínez is a lecturer in Writing Programs, the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, and the UCLA Academic Advancement Program. A scholar and artist, Andrew received his PhD in Culture and Performance from UCLA and his BS in Journalism from San José State University. He has presented his research at the Latin American Studies Conference, the Cuban Research Institute (CRI), and at the Congress On Research in Dance (CORD) special topics conference. He has published in Theatre Journal and Texas Theatre Journal. Andrew’s current book project, Bodies in Revolution: A National Ballet in Cuba, highlights the Ballet Nacional de Cuba’s participation in the nation-building process of the 1959 Cuban Revolution. Andrew considers how the Cuban school of ballet, the national company’s repertoire, and its dancers, embody the ideals of the Revolution. His ethnographic and archival fieldwork on the island included his completion of the Teacher Training Program at the Ballet Nacional de Cubain Havana. Bodies in Revolution grows out of Andrew’s PhD thesis, the support of the Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research at Harvard University, the UCLA Latin American Institute and the University of California-Cuba Academic Initiative. Andrew was an artist-in-residence at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2018-2019). His residency included lectures on his book research, theatre in prison, and dance masterclasses in the Residential College, the Prison Creative Arts Project, and the dance department. He recently completed a teaching fellowship with the Excellence in Pedagogy and Innovative Classrooms program at UCLA. He is a proud member of the UC-American Federation of Teachers Local 1990 labor union.
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