José Ciro Martínez, ACOR-CAORC Post-Doctoral Fellow Summer 2019

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Dr. José Ciro Martínez is an ACOR-CAORC post-doctoral fellow for summer 2019, and also Title A Research Fellow at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. During his ACOR fellowship, Dr. Martínez will be completing his first monograph, based on his PhD dissertation. It is provisionally entitled, The Politics of Bread: Performing the State in Hashemite Jordan. All photographs in this article were provided by and are the copyright of Dr. José Ciro Martínez, 2019.

Bakers and bakeries in Jordan. All photos by courtesy of Dr. Martínez, 2019.

Dr. Martínez began research on this project while on a Fulbright scholarship in 2013-2014. He then returned to Jordan in the Fall of 2015 as an ACOR-CAORC pre-doctoral fellow (see his blog from the previous fellowship) and will have completed more than 20 months of fieldwork in the country, twelve of which were spent observing and working in three different bakeries in the Jordanian capital, Amman.

While at ACOR, Dr. Martínez will be returning to his old haunts in Amman in order to build on his previous ethnographic research. He will also interview policymakers, politicians, activists and ordinary citizens on recent changes to the bread subsidy, enacted in early 2018. Dr. Martínez will also spend some time building the groundwork for a new project, which will examine repertories of protest and contentious politics in Ma‘an and Aqaba, where he will be spending part of his fellowship.

Dr. Martínez earned his Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Cambridge (King’s College). His scholarly work has been published in International Political Sociology, the International Journal of Middle East Studies and International Affairs. In addition, he often writes for a general audience. His work has appeared in Al JazeeraJacobinJadaliyyaForeign Policy Los Angeles TimesThe Washington Post and the Times Literary Supplement.

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