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, pursuing a Master of Divinity. I graduated summa cum laude from The University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. I'm working towards ordination as an elder in The United Methodist Church.

I was born and raised in El Paso.
EXPERIENCE
Communications Specialist, BU Spark! — 2023-Present
Design Director, Young Democrats of America* — 2021-Present
Marketing Associate, Swing Left — 2021-2022
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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