Research Interest/Area of Expertise
Dr. Vieira-Martinez specializes in the use of language evidence as a primary source for the study of the African past, as well as the application of Geographic Informations Systems for studying the social construction of spaces in multilingual community histories. She speaks Spanish as first language, as well as English, Portuguese, German, Kiswahili, Kimbundu, and a variety of other languages.
Dr. Vieira-Martinez is also Director of the ASILI Collaborative Research Group--an international collaborative scholarly research project.
Dr. Vieira-Martinez completed her dissertation research in the interior of Angola during the final days of the civil war. Since then she has been collaborating on a research project in the South Sudan, and another on the history of matrilineal communities across southern Africa. Her current research focus is on the premodern history of Southern Khoesan and Njila Bantu language communities in the Okavango of Northern Namibia
Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications
- Ph.D., African History, University of California - Los Angeles, 2007
- M.A., African History, Michigan State University, 1994
HIS 1600 - African Civilizations to 1800