Personal profile

Research Interests

Dr. Martinez Negrette's research interests center on bilingual/multilingual education, English as a Second Language (ESL), sociolinguistics, and International Comparative Education. She employs qualitative methods to study the intricate processes that emergent bilinguals engage in as they use language to enact and negotiate their identities and interactions within tenuous social and linguistic intersections. Through her research, she aims to shed light on the ways in which language practices and interactions may be shaped by social constructions from a very early age.

Her work is guided by sociocultural approaches to language and education and engages sociological studies of social (re)production in schools, social constructionist studies of bilingual education, and the emerging field of raciolinguistics. She uses an intersectional approach to examine the ways in which social constructions such as race, social class position, and language interact on multiple levels to shape students’ experiences.

Professional Information

Dr. Martinez Negrette is an Assistant Professor with expertise in bilingual/ESL (English as a second language) education, sociolinguistics, and educational policy studies. She has worked as a language teacher in several different regions including Latin America, North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Her research interests are centered on issues of language, equity, and social justice, particularly in relation to the schooling of linguistically and culturally diverse children in the United States and other regions of the world. Her research focus has led her to conduct research examining language and education in Latin America, North America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Australasia. In her most recent work, Dr. Martinez Negrette investigates how emergent bilinguals in dual language immersion (DLI) programs perceive, enact, and negotiate the tenuous intersections of race, ethnicity, social class position, and language in American school settings. Her work has been recognized nationally and locally by the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation, and the Morgridge Center for Public Service at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Dissertation Award Competition-Honorable Mention (AERA - Latina/o/x Research Issues Special Interest Group (SIG) )

National Academy of Education/Spencer Fellowship (National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation)

Excellence in Engaged Scholarship Graduate Award (The Morgridge Center for Public Service, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Zillman Summer Research Award (The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Future Faculty Fellow (The Teaching Academy-University of Wisconsin-Madison)

TESOL Professional Development Scholarship (TESOL International Association)

Graduate School Honors Award (New Mexico State University)


University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D. in Bilingual Education & English as a Second Language (ESL)

New Mexico State University, MA in Bilingual Education and TESOL

Universidad del Atlántico, BA in Modern Languages Teaching (Spanish/English)


  • L Education
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Bilingual Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Dual Language Immersion

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