Academic Coach, Consultant, and Femtor

Dr. Yvette Martínez-Vu is a Xicana Mother-Scholar who works as an academic coach, consultant, and femtor. She was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, California to immigrant parents from Jalisco and Sonora, Mexico. Dr. Martínez-Vu has a Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies from UCLA. Her research areas include Chicanx and Latinx feminist performance, devotional images and objects, and intersectionality in motherhood studies. Dr. Martínez-Vu has over ten years of experience advising undergraduates, organizing academic conferences, and presenting her research. While she currently serves as the Associate Director to the UCSB McNair Scholars Program, she previously worked as an advisor for the UCLA Scholarship Resource Center and graduate mentor for the UCLA Undergraduate Research Center for Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.  She has organized regional and international conferences, including USC and UCLA’s Hemispheric Institute “Experimental Collectivities” Convergence. She has presented at national conferences including the American Studies Association (ASA), American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), and Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Dr. Martínez-Vu is also the recipient of various awards, including the IUPLR Mellon Fellowship, Ford Dissertation Fellowship, UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship, a multi-year UC Cota-Robles Fellowship, and the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship. Dr. Martínez-Vu is the co-founder of two activist collectives, including the multi-institutional Chicana Motherwork collective and Mothers of Color in Academia de UCLA group. Dr. Martínez-Vu is also the host and producer of the Grad School Femtoring podcast and provides freelance academic coaching services and products for undergraduate and graduate students.


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