Samuel Martinez

Associate Professor in Anthropology (Ph. D., Johns Hopkins University)


The University of Connecticut
Anthropology Dept., Beach Hall, U-2176
Storrs, CT 06269-2176
Tel: (860) 486-4515

Area of Speciality:

The Caribbean, African diaspora, migration, human rights

Biographical Note:

Samuel Martínez is a Cuban-born ethnologist. He is presently on the board of the American Ethnological Society and has served as Chair (2003-04) of the American Anthropological Association’s Committee for Human Rights. He contributed an extensive expert affidavit in support of the landmark case of Yean and Bosico v. Dominican Republic presented before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in 2005. He is the author of two ethnographic monographs and several peer-reviewed articles on the migration and labor and minority rights of Haitian nationals and people of Haitian ancestry in the Dominican Republic. He is also editor of a contributory volume, International Migration and Human Rights (U California Press, 2009) and co-editor of two journal special issues. In his current research and writing, he brings critical scrutiny to the writings of northern human rights monitors, journalists and social scientists about Haitian-ancestry people in the Dominican Republic. He is also doing background research on antislavery narratives of the late 20th & early 21st centuries.

Current Research/Selected Publications:

International Migration and Human Rights (2009). (This book is also accessible as a free of charge Web download – 1st time users will be prompted to set up a free account and respond to a confirmation email). See also the book’s companion Website, providing supplementary instructor and student resources

Decency and Excess: Global Aspirations and Material Deprivation on a Caribbean Sugar Plantation (2007)

Peripheral Migrants: Haitians and Dominican Republic Sugar Plantations(1995)

Edited Journal Special Issues: 2011 (with Kathryn Libal) “The Gender of Humanitarian Narrative.” Humanity 2(2). 2006 (with Charles V Carnegie) “Crossing Borders of Language and Culture.” Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism 19.