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Kathleen J. Martin

Kathleen J. Martin

Professor, Ph.D. Educational Leadership & Organizations

Areas of Interest

  • Indigenous Studies
  • Native American Religious traditions
  • Education

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About Kathleen J. Martin

Kathleen J. Martin received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Educational Leadership and Organizations with an emphasis in Culture, Language and Literacy. She also holds dual masters degrees in Native American Religious Traditions and Education. Assisting Native and Indigenous students achieve their educational goals is of particular importance. Her research interest include visual studies, advocacy and equity in educational leadership, issues in American Indian education and language learning, and the study of narrative. She is a recipient of grants and funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Academy of Religion, and the College of Liberal Arts.

She is editor and contributor for Indigenous Symbols and Practices in the Catholic Church (Ashgate Publishers), a volume with contributions from Native and Indigenous scholars on the study of visual culture, and aspects of missionization and appropriation in Native North America. Dr. Martin's writings appear in a variety of publications including the The Canadian Journal of Native Studies, Encyclopedia of Religion (Macmillan Reference), Learning to Lead Together(Sage Publishers), Osiyo, Journal of School Effectiveness and School Change, Proteus, Teaching and Teacher Education, Journal of School Leadership, and Santa Barbara Papers in Linguistics.  Some of her published work can be found at Cal Poly's Digital Commons.


Martin, Kathleen J. (2016). “An examination of fear and its relief at Iwo Jima and Koto-ri, Korea as considered by Dr. Richard Shippen Silvis, RADM, USN.” Journal of America’s Military Past, XLI, 130(1), pp. 30-42.

Martin, Kathleen J. (2013). “Native footprints: photographs and stories written on the land.” Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, 2(2), pp. 1-24.

Martin, Kathleen J. (2012). Chapter 7: “Traditional and Spiritual Relatives: Protection of Indigenous Rights to Land and Sacred Places,” in Indigenous Rights in the Age of the UN Declaration ed. Elvira Pulitano, Cambridge University Press, pp. 198-227.

Martin, Kathleen J., & Ventre, Nicole. (2012). “Educational Politics: Ethnic and Indigenous Studies, Public Attitudes and Colonialism in the United States.” Digital Commons.

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