» Dr. Carolyn Vieira-Martinez
Assistant Professor

Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of History
Dr. Carolyn Vieira-Martinez
Office Location:
Roosevelt Hall 205
Office Hours:
WF 8:00-10:30am
(714) 997-6834
Freshman Foundations Program
Oakland University, Bachelor of Arts
Michigan State University, Master of Arts
University of California, Los Angeles, Ph.D. in History

Carolyn Vieira-Martinez is Assistant Professor of History at Chapman University, where she teaches courses in African History, the Atlantic Ocean World, the Historian’s Craft, and Historical Research Methods. Vieira-Martinez has been the recipient of numerous awards including Fulbright IIE Dissertation Research Grant, a UCLA Chancellor’s Dissertation Fellowship, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Research Grant, and IANTT-FLAD Research Grant for research in the Instituto de Archivos Nacionais Torre de Tombo, Lisbon. She is a pioneer in the use of Geographic Information Systems applied to the study of African language changes and has two decades of experience in this area. Since 1995 she has taught historical research methodologies to audiences ranging from senior scholars to undergraduate university students. She is the author of the ASILI© African Scholarly Integrated Language Inquiry software developed for the analysis of language change and to facilitate the sharing of historical linguistic research datasets. Vieira-Martinez has conducted extensive fieldwork Angola and Portugal. Her research focuses on reconstructing histories of gendered diglossia through spatial lexical analysis, the consequences of gendered diglossia in contemporary language politics, and the distribution of gendered language evidence in the Atlantic African diaspora. She currently is completing Building Kimbundu: Language, Space and Power in Central Africa for Ohio University Press.

Dr Vieira-Martinez' publications:

"Building Kimbundu: Language community reconsidered in west central Africa, c. 1500-1750." Ph.D. diss., University of California Los Angeles, 2006.

Vieira-Martinez, C. & Thomas Hinnebusch.  African Scholarly Integrated Language Inquiry (ASILI) software and database, version 11082009.  Available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license, 2009.

"The African City." Review of The African City: A History, by Bill Freund.  Journal of World History 21, n. 1 (March 2010).

"Break the Whip."  Tim Robbins, director.  (Los Angeles, CA: The Actors Gang, 2010).

"Spoken Like a Market Woman: Learning Language in Malanje." Paper presentation at African Studies Association, San Francisco, CA, November 2010.

"War in Pre-Colonial Eastern Africa." Review of War in Pre-Colonial Eastern Africa: The Patterns and Meanings of State-level Conflict in the Nineteenth Century, by Richard Reid.  The Historian, (forthcoming).

"Imagining Community: Introducing African History with Geographic Information Systems" in Teaching Africa in the Twentieth Century Classroom, Brandon Lundy, ed.  (forthcoming).