James Marten, professor and department chair, became the second member of the history department to be awarded Marquette University's Lawrence G. Haggerty Faculty Award for Excellence in Research (Athan Theoharis received the award in 2002). Marten is founding secretary-treasurer of the Society for the History of Children and Youth and current president of the Society of Civil War Historians.
In addition to forty journal articles, essays, and chapters in books, he has written or edited a dozen books, including Children and Youth in a New Nation (2009); Children in Colonial America (2006); Childhood and Child Welfare in the Progressive Era: A Brief History with Documents (2004); Civil War America: Voices from the Homefront (2003); Children and War: A Historical Anthology (2002); and The Children's Civil War (1998). The Children’s Civil War won the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit National Book Award for History in 1999 and was named an “Outstanding Academic Book” by Choice Magazine. In 1999 Marten also received a four-year, $176,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the Children in Urban America Project, an on-line archive of documents related to children and youth in Milwaukee from the 1850s to 2000. In 1999 he spent a semester as a Fulbright lecturer at Northeast Normal University in Changchun, China.