Dr. Meritxell Martín i PardoManuscript to Performance
Meritxell Martín i Pardo studied Philosophy at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and, after being awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, went on to earn her Ph.D. in the History of Religion at the University of Virginia in 2005. Txell, as she likes to be called, first taught at the University of Virginia, where her The Artichoke (Pedagogical) Theory led her students to nominate her for the Seven Society Graduate Fellowship for Superb Teaching in 2002 (for which, she was semi-finalist). She also taught and conducted research at the University of the South, for five semesters, where repetition as a vehicle to students’ creativity became the cornerstone of her teaching philosophy, and has been teaching in Barcelona since 2008. In 2014, IES Chicago awarded her the Best Teacher’s Award. Currently, Txell is working on her book, entitled Narrative Frames Curtail Religious Freedom in Spain, where she contends the legal category of notorio arraigo (deeply rooted) is neither new nor progressive in the 1980 Law of Religious Freedom but the perpetuation of a much older narrative. Her primary research focuses are: team based learning, flipped classroom pedagogy, leadership, creativity, public policy, cultural heritage, cultural studies, discourses of self-identity, marketing religious and ethnic heritage and history of religion.