Marten photo 2014


James Marten has been a faculty member at Marquette since receiving his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin in 1986 and has been department chair since 2004. He has been deeply involved with the First Year Reading, the junior faculty mentoring program, and the Faculty Council. The author or editor of fifteen books. Marten was the 2010 winner of MU’s Lawrence G. Haggerty Award for Excellence in Research. Among his recent publications are America’s Corporal: James Tanner in War and Peace (2014) and Sing Not War: The Lives of Union and Confederate Veterans in Gilded Age America (2011). He is senior co-editor of the six-volume Cultural History of Childhood and Family (2010). Marten was founding secretary-treasurer and is current president of the Society for the History of Children and Youth.

Current Projects: Marten has been editor of the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth since 2013 and is currently working as co-editor of an anthology of original essays on children, youth, and war in the twentieth century. He is also beginning a project on Lesley Keeley, who during the Gilded Age invented a famous—and controversial—“cure” for drunkenness called the “double-bi-chloride of gold.”

Courses regularly taught:

3104: The Civil War Era

4150: Childhood in America

Undergraduate and graduate seminars on childhood and the family, the sectional conflict, and memory and history.



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