Martin Mulligan holds a Ph.D from the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is a Non Tunere Track Spanish Professor at the University of Missouri and Columbia College. His areas of expertise include Contemporary Latin American Literatures and Popular Cultures. His dissertation is titled Corrido en la guerra contra el narco: Estéticas necropolíticas en México (Ballads on The War on Drugs: Aesthetics of Necropolitics in Mexico). Mulligan applied his journalistic background to research on the current social violence in Mexico through the Mexican Music industry.