James Martin

Associate Professor, Dept. of Modern Languages & Literatures

Ph.D. History (Latin America), University of New Mexico, 2008

M.A. Foreign Languages and Literatures (Spanish major), Washington State University, August 1998

B.A. History, Spanish, and Latin American Studies, University of Idaho, May 1995

Contact information

James W. Martin (jameswmmsu@gmail.com)
Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures
115B Gaines Hall / PO Box 172980
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-2980
phone: (406) 994-6447

Research interests

U.S.–Latin American relations; tourism and empire; modern Latin America history

Courses taught at MSU

SPNS (Spanish) first four semesters
CLS 101: Freshman Letters and Science seminar
History 413: Race in Latin America
History 410: Latin American Social History
History 110: Introduction to Latin American History
History/SPNS 430: Latin American Perspectives
LS 301: Explorations of Tourism (Liberal Studies Integrative Seminar)
MLS 302: Latin American Culture and Civilization / SPNS 330: Modern Cultures Latin America

Recent publications/talks

Graden, Dale T. and James Martin, “Revolution for the Unacquainted: Oliver Stone’s Salvador,” in Journal of Film and History 28:1–2, Fall 1998.

“Globalization Comes to the Old Neighborhood.”  Review of Scarpaci, Joseph.  Plazas and Barrios: Heritage Tourism and Globalization in the Latin American Centro Histórico.  Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2004.  260 pp.  H-Travel@h-net.msu.edu.  February 2007.

Conference papers
“Banana Cowboys and Sea Captains: Corporate Masculinities in the United Fruit Company’s Tropics, 1899–1930.” Pacific Coast Council for Latin American Studies, Las Vegas, NV, 7 November 2008.

“Cultures of Work and Leisure in the United Fruit Company’s American Colonies, 1899–1930.”  Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies, Santa Fe, NM.  January 2007.

“The Golden Caribbean: The United Fruit Company and the Marketing of Caribbean Destinations, 1900–1940.”  Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies, Denver, CO.  February 2006.

“An Everyday Form of Empire Building: Advertising the Cuban Tourist Trade in the U.S., 1910–1930.”  Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies, Santa Fe, NM.  January 2000.

Genesis of my interest in Latin America

Serendipity.  Through a happy accident at the University of Idaho, I encountered outstanding professors in history and foreign language and literature who made me want to know more about Latin America.  An exchange in Mexico cemented my interest in the region. 

A few “must reads”

Noam Chomsky, Deterring Democracy.  Sections on Latin America sparked my interest in U.S.–Latin American relations.

Tad Szulc, Fidel: A Critical Portrait

Graham Green, The Quiet American

Salvatore et al., eds. Close Encounters of Empire: Writing the Cultural History of U.S.–Latin American Relations

Key Latin American authors for me: García Márquez, Alejo Carpentier, Agustín Yáñez