2020 SEUSS Keynote Speaker
SEUSS 2020 Keynote Speaker
Dr. Marisela Martinez-Cola, Utah State University
Marisela Martinez-Cola graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Psychology and African American Studies. She went on to earn her law degree from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. While she loved the study of law, the practice left her feeling flat. After one year she transitioned to a career in higher education administration as a Director of Multicultural Affairs at various institutions around the country including Davenport University, The George Washington University, The University of Georgia, and Agnes Scott College. After nine years of serving students in an administrative capacity, she decided to fulfill her lifelong desire to pursue a PhD. She earned her Ph.D. at Emory University and had the honor of teaching students at Emory, Oglethorpe University, and Morehouse College. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Utah State University specializing in Race & Ethnicity. Her research has appeared in The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, The Journal of Law and Society, and Teaching Sociology. Her manuscript The Bricks Before Brown v. Board of Education is under review with an academic publisher. In it she examines race, class, and gender across Chinese American, Native American and Mexican American cases that were argued before the famed Brown v. Board. Her current research is tentatively titled Otherwise We’d Cry and involves interviewing a diverse group of comedians to ask them how they joke about race and racism in the U.S.