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Ángel Martínez is a 2015 graduate of the PhD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University

Ángel Martínez and his Dissertation Chair, Philomena Essed, with participants and honored guests at his Dissertation Defense at El Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños in New York, NY, July 2015

left to right, Brother Ambassador Aminifu, Baba Sr Amen Ra Schmm Khnuu, Ángel Martínez, Philomena Essed, Jonna Baldrés. Foreground: Carlos Raúl Dufflar.

Ángel Martínez is a 2015 graduate of the PhD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University

Dissertation Committee:

  • Philomena Essed, Ph.D., Dissertation Chair
  • Carolyn Kenny, Ph.D., Committee Member
  • René Antrop-González, Ph.D., Committee Member
  • Ulrika Schmauch, Ph.D., External Reader

This dissertation is accompanied by 3 MP3 audio files and 13 MP4 video files.

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performance ethnography, poetry, poetic inquiry, college, Associate's degree students, Puerto Rican Studies, Diaspora Studies, Latina / Latino Studies, educational leadership, aesthetic leadership, higher education

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Young, Gifted and Brown is a journey of two directions converging. It is a study of Puerto Rican Diaspora in higher education, specifically, students making sense and meaning of their everyday. It is also a study of how I have related to them as a professor. Together, this is a story: research done creatively, toward the development of Critical Pedagogy for Puerto Rican Diaspora. The research question is: what has made the Puerto Rican Diaspora in the United States flourish and their lived experience meaningful? How can a diasporic people connect with and affirm their roots in an educational system far from home? The answer is rooted in creativity: how does poetry provoke students to teach each other about their experiences and to learn with each other through sharing their own poetry? This Dissertation was composed through poetic performance ethnography, from which I have developed my findings from students’ reflections on their lives through the AutoEthnoPoetic. The process is deeply informed by Eugenio María de Hostos’ moral social and José Martí’s poetic pedagogy as well as race critical educational theories, including Culturally Relevant Pedagogy. Through an AutoEthnoPoetic journey through puertorriqueñidad, “Puerto Rican-ness,” or sense of being Puerto Rican, there are lessons for students and educators on how poetic performance ethnography can facilitate success and alegría (happiness) and inspire, motivate, and celebrate in an education system where diaspora are present. This Dissertation contains three MP3 files and 13 MP4 files. The electronic version of this dissertation is available in open access at AURA: Antioch University Repository and Archive, and Ohiolink ETD Center,


Ángel Martínez, Ph.D.

Dr. Ángel L. Martínez is a poet, professor, and performer. As Deputy Artistic Director of The Bread is Rising Poetry Collective, he has spent 25 years as a performing poet in festivals, readings, conferences, on stage, and on radio in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. His poetry and articles have appeared in numerous anthologies, periodicals and journals including Drumvoices Revue, New Brunswick Free Public Library Poetry Anthology, Poems on the Road to Peace, and The Antioch Voice. As a professor, Dr. Martínez is a student of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, he has 10 years of experience in higher education designing curriculum, facilitating workshops, and organizing field experiences where he weaves together creative writing, performance, and the social sciences for students who take their education con una taza de café.


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Abstract Read by Author

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