Oscar Martinez

About Oscar Martinez

I offer undergraduate courses in the History of Mexico, History of Mexican Americans, History of the U.S.-Mexico Border Region, and the Nature and Practice of History. These courses are organized topically and chronologically. In the lecture courses students are
required to write papers and encouraged to participate in discussions. I emphasize the need to use historical material to develop and refine basic skills in writing and oral communication. My graduate seminars and colloquia usually span both
Mexico and the United States. Students are expected to develop familiarity with historiography, sharpen their critical skills, and improve their academic skills through the writing of essays and research papers.

My research focuses on the political, economic, and social history of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. The books I have written and edited examine broad themes such as the evolution of the Mexican northern frontier cities, the Mexican Revolution along the border, problem-solving in a transnational context, general conflict in the borderlands, the uniqueness of the way of life of border people, and social change in the Mexican American population. Currently I am finishing a book on economic development in Mexico; this work compares Mexico’s evolution with that of the United States.
Select publications:
Author. Border Boom Town: Ciudad Juárez since 1848 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1978)
Author. The Chicanos of El Paso: An Assessment of Progress (El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1980)
Author and editor, Fragments of the Mexican Revolution: Personal Accounts from the Border (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1983)
Editor. Across Boundaries: Transnational Interaction in Comparative Perspective (El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1986)
Co-editor. Una Frontera, Dos Naciones (Mexico: ANUIES, 1988)
Author. Border People: Life and Society in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1994)
Author and editor. U.S.-Mexico Borderlands: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Wilmington: Scholarly Resources, Inc., 1996)
Author. Mexican-Origin People in the United States: A Topical History (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2001)
Author. Troublesome Border (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1988, 2nd ed. 2006)
Author. Why Mexico is Poorer than the United States (in progress)
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Oscar Martinez
Professor of History
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Department of History
Cesar E. Chavez Bldg.
Main Office, Room 415 
1110 James E. Rogers Way
Tucson, AZ 85721

Email: history@email.arizona.edu
Tel: (520) 621-1586
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