Xaris (pronounced HA-ri’z) A. Martínez works at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University. A native Californian raised in Guatemala, Martínez has a BA, summa cum laude, in history from the University of California, Los Angeles, an MA in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi, and was a doctoral student in history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for four years. She has worked at the Southern Documentary Project and Southern Cultures and served as a bi-lingual teaching assistant for courses in history, Southern Studies, global studies, and women’s and gender studies.