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   History Faculty / Martin, James Kirby


Dr. James Kirby Martin


James Kirby Martin

Distinguished University Professor of History
542 Agnes Arnold Hall
(713) 743-3107



Growing up in the American Midwest, I completed my undergraduate studies at Hiram College in Ohio. Then I pursued graduate work at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where I earned the M. A. and Ph.D. degrees in United States history. My undergraduate mentor was Wilson Hoffman, and my graduate mentor was the late Merrill Jensen. After finishing graduate school, I taught for several years at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, before joining the history faculty at the University of Houston. (CV)

My teaching interests include early American history through the Revolution, American military history through the Civil War, and Medicine and Health in the American experience, especially in relation to the history of drinking, smoking, and hard drugs. I have taught many different undergraduate courses ranging from the survey history of the United States and colonial and Revolutionary American history to topical courses on such subjects as disease and addiction in the American experience. My graduate level course offerings include Early American historiography as well as the Introductory and Advanced courses on Research and Writing in United States history among other subjects, including the history of ordinary persons.

My research interests focus on early American history and the Revolutionary era with an emphasis on social, military, and political developments. In addition, I’m working on a study of American health reform and the history of smoking in America, a sort of companion volume to my earlier co-authored study on drinking in America. Currently committed writing projects involve a new study of Revolutionary America (with Marla Miller of the University of Massachusetts) for Oxford University Press; the Oneida Indians in the American Revolution (with my Houston colleague Joseph Glatthaar); an investigation of the politics of making war through a case study of the pivotal Saratoga campaign of 1777; and further writing on Benedict Arnold.

Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary Hero: An American Warrior Reconsidered (New York and London: New York University Press, 1997);
Drinking in America: A History, 1620-1980 (New York: The Free Press, a division of the Macmillan Company, 1982). Revised edition, 1987. With M. E. Lender;
A Respectable Army: The Military Origins of the Republic, 1763-1789 (Arlington Heights, Ill.: Harlan Davidson, Inc., 1982).With M. E. Lender;
In the Course of Human Events: An Interpretive Exploration of the American Revolution (Arlington Heights, Ill.: Harlan Davidson, Inc.,1979);
Men in Rebellion: Higher Governmental Leaders and the Coming of the American Revolution (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press,1973);
America and Its Peoples: A Mosaic in the Making (New York: Longman, Inc.,1989 [formerly Scott, Foresman & Company, and HarperCollins Publishers]). Fifth edition, 2004.With Randy W. Roberts, Steven H. Mintz, Linda O. McMurry, and James H. Jones; (ed.),
Ordinary Courage: The Revolutionary War Adventures of Joseph Plumb Martin (St. James, N. Y.: Brandywine Press, 1993). Second edition, 1999; (ed.),
Citizen-Soldier: The Revolutionary War Journal of Joseph Bloomfield (Newark, N.J.: New Jersey Historical Society, 1982).With M. E. Lender; (ed.),
The Human Dimensions of Nation Making: Essays on Colonial and Revolutionary America (Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin Press, 1976); (ed.),
Interpreting Colonial America: Selected Readings (New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1973). Second edition, HarperCollins Publishers, 1978; (ed.),
The American Revolution: Whose Revolution? (Huntington, N.Y.: Robert E. Krieger Publishing Company, 1977). Revision, 1981. With K. R. Stubaus.
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