History - College of Liberal Arts - Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

Dr. Eliza Martin

Professional Assistant Professor of History 

Contact Information:
 Faculty Center - Rm 253-B
 Mailing Unit - 5814
 Phone: (361) 825-3930
 E-mail: eliza.martin@tamucc.edu

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Environmental History
The American West, Borderlands, and California
Women's History, Gender & Sexuality
World History

EDUCATION:

PhD in United States History, Secondary field in World History and Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
MA in United States History, University of California, Santa Cruz
BA, in History and Communications Studies, University of San Diego

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:

My goal as a teacher of history is twofold.  First, I aim to push students to engage with the complex nature of history, urging them to transcend the neat, linear narrative they are often familiar with to recognize the variety of actors and forces at work in any given moment.  To facilitate this, it is important that students understand the “five C’s of historical knowledge” as laid out by Thomas Andrews and Flannery Burke: change over time, context, causality, contingency, and complexity.  My second aim, as a product of and staunch believer in a liberal arts education, is to teach my students to think critically, express themselves clearly, and become better writers – all skills with life-long applications that will help students in any field they pursue after graduation.  

PUBLICATIONS:

In progress

Growth by the Gallon: Water, Development, and Power in San Diego, California, 1890-1947

Review of Tanis Thorne, El Capitan, “Journal of San Diego History,” (submitted).

Review of Lawrence Culver, The Frontier of Leisure: Southern California and the Shaping of Modern America, “Business History Review,” Summer 2013.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND MEMBERSHIP:

American Historical Association
American Society for Environmental History
World History Association

COURSES OFFERED:

HIST 1301: U.S. History to 1865
HIST 1302: U.S. History since 1865