Dr. James Marten

James Marten
Dr. James MartenMarquette University

Sensenbrenner Hall, Suite 202A

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-7901
Curriculum Vitae

Department Chair

History

I have maintained scholarly agendas in two fields: the Civil War era and the histories of children and youth. The former includes The Children’s Civil War (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998), a Choice “Outstanding Academic Title” and winner of the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Book Award, as well as more recent books on Civil War veterans, including Sing Not War: The Lives of Union and Confederate Veterans in Gilded Age America (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011) and America’s Corporal: James Tanner in War and Peace, a short biography of the disabled Civil War veteran and activist James “Corporal” Tanner (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2014). My work on children and youth consists of a number of edited anthologies, including the six-volume A Cultural History of Childhood and Family (co-edited with Elizabeth Foyster and published by Berg in 2010). I edited the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth from 2013-2018. I am a past president of both the Society for the History of Children and Youth and of the Society of Civil War Historians.

Current Scholarship:  This year I’ll publish two books: A Very Short Introduction to the History of Childhood (New York: Oxford University Press) and a co-edited volume, More than Victims: War and Childhood in the Age of the World Wars (New York: Cambridge University Press). I’ve begun editing two anthologies: The Oxford Handbook of the History of Youth Culture and Buying and Selling the Civil War (co-edited with Caroline Janney).

 

Education

Ph.D., Texas, Austin 1986

Courses 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.

Research Interests

United States social and cultural history

Civil War era

veterans

children and youth.

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.”

Professional Affiliations

Marten was founding secretary-treasurer and is current president of the Society for the History of Children and Youth.

Specialization

US Civil War, Children’s history

Publications

The author or editor of fifteen books. 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).

Honors and Awards

Marten was the 2010 winner of MU’s Lawrence G. Haggerty Award for Excellence in Research.

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(414) 288-7217

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