Professor Martinez awarded NEH grant

Valerie Martinez, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, has been awarded an NEH grant to complete work on her manuscript, “Embajadoras: Latina Servicewomen and Hemispheric Politics during World War II.” 

Dr. Martinez’s project is an ambitious study of the Latinas recruited to serve in the Benito Juarez Squadron, a squadron that engaged in soft war rather than combat. Martinez dives into hemispheric politics at root in that recruitment effort and how those Latina servicewomen – whose heritage carried such rich symbolism – were used strategically to influence international relations.