James Marten
Dr. James MartenMarquette University

Sensenbrenner Hall, Suite 202A

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

Department Chair


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. 


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

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.


US Civil War, Children’s history


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.

Additional Information

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