Portrait by Eden Kriz Klein at Seirios Obscura.

Howdy — my name is Juan Josue "J.J." Martinez. I'm a graduate student at the Boston University School of Theology where I'm pursuing a Master of Divinity. I'm a Raices Latinx Fellowship recipient. I graduated summa cum laude from The University of Texas at El Paso in 2021, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, minoring in Religious Studies, Political Science, and Liberal Arts Honors. I'm also working towards ordination as an elder in The United Methodist Church in hopes of pastoring after I graduate. 
I'm working at Swing Left as a marketing associate, supporting the Marketing team with creative content and research. I'm also the design director of the Young Democrats of America and am a former president of the Texas College Democrats, the largest college Democrats organization in the nation

I'm from El Paso, Texas, and enjoy reading C.S. Lewis. 
EXPERIENCE
Marketing Associate, Swing Left — 2021-Present
Design Director, Young Democrats of America* — 2021-Present 
Creative Lead, El Paso County Democratic Party — 2022*
Creative Lead, Veronica Escobar for Congress* — 2021-2022
Design Intern, Democratic National Committee — Summer 2021
Nominating Committee, El Paso Central Seventh-day Adventist Church* — Summer 2021 
President, Texas College Democrats* — 2021-2022
Communications Director, Texas College Democrats* — 2020-2021
Member of the Board, El Paso Central Seventh-day Adventist Church* — 2019-2021
Research Fellow, Humanities Collaborative at UTEP-EPCC — 2019-2021
Deputy, Interim Communications Director, Texas Young Democrats* — 2017-2021
Creative and Social Director, Carlos Gallinar for Mayor of El Paso — 2020 
Senior Brand Director, YDA Promise* — 2019
Communications Director, El Paso County Democratic Party* — 2017-2019
Crew Member, Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers — 2018

*Freelance, contract, or volunteer work
EDUCATION
Master of Divinity, Boston University (School of Theology) — Fall 2022-Spring 2025
Pastoral track, Raices Latinx Fellowship recipient

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, The University of Texas at El Paso (College of Liberal Arts) — Fall 2018-Fall 2021
Summa cum laude (3.91 GPA), University Honors Program, Liberal Arts Honors Program
PUBLICATIONS AND PAPERS
"The Will to Love" (Fall 2021)
"Ad Reginam: Looking at Latin verse as paratext" (Spring 2021)
"Blood Elizabeth?: What paratext — and history — tell us about the Queen's importance to Protestantism" (Fall 2020)
"The Humanities as a Transcending Study: How Early English Books Have Cultivated..." (Fall 2019)  
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