Ed Martini - Department of History, WMU

At Western, I have taught several courses on recent United States History. Aside from the second half of the US survey course, I regularly taught courses such as The Vietnam War and The US Since 1945, and General Education courses on the US and the World, and the history of American Cinema. You can find syllabi and other materials related to these courses on my courses page. At the graduate level, I advise a number of fabulous, award-winning Master’s and Ph.D. students who are working on a wide variety of topics.

My research focuses on the intersections of recent political, diplomatic, cultural, and environmental history, with an emphasis on the history and legacies of U.S. warfare and militarism.  My current research projects include a global history of napalm and an edited collection on the environmental impact of U.S. military bases. More information about past and current projects can be found on my research page.

My wife Genanne and I live just outside of Kalamazoo with our sons, Gracen and Kyan. Despite living for most the past decade in California and Maryland, I grew up in Minnesota, so Kalamazoo really feels like home—friendly people, no traffic, and and lots of snow.  Plus, being in NFC Norris country, I can once again catch regularly televised broadcasts of my beloved Minnesota Twins and Vikings, both of whom will no doubt fail miserably at inopportune moments again this year.

Go Broncos!

I joined the History department at Western in the Fall of 2005. Before coming to Western, I taught at several schools in the Washington, D.C. area. I was an adjunct faculty member in American Studies at Georgetown University while finishing my degree at the University of Maryland.  After receiving my Ph.D., I was a visiting professor for one summer at Deep Springs College in California and was then a Visiting Assistant Professor at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  At WMU, I served as Associate Chair of the Department from 2009 to 2012, when I was appointed Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.