Faculty and Staff

Mark Allan Goldberg
Assistant Professor

Mark Allan Goldberg

Mark Allan Goldberg received his BA from the University of Texas at Austin and his MA and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Goldberg’s work has been supported by fellowships from the Doris G. Quinn foundation, the Colonial Dames of America, and the Texas State Historical Association. He also received a research grant from the Hispanic History of Texas Project, which is part of the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project, located here at the University of Houston.


Professor Goldberg’s teaching interests include Latina/o history, early America, and race and empire in the Americas.

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Research Interests

Professor Goldberg’s research examines the role of cultural exchange in imperial expansion and nation building in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Texas borderlands. He is interested in how diverse Texas inhabitants’ everyday practices—including ritual, healing, foodways, and work—influenced cross-cultural encounters and intersected with state-sponsored initiatives, such as geographical expansion, land distribution, and public health.

Professor Goldberg has presented his work at a number of conferences, including the Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, the Latin American Studies Association International Congress, the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Conference, the Texas State Historical Association Annual Meeting Joint Conference with the Hispanic History of Texas Project, and a medical history conference entitled, “Making Race, Making Health: Historical Approaches to Race, Medicine and Public Health.”

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Selected Publications


  • “‘It can be cultivated where nothing but cactus will grow’: Local Knowledge and Healing on the Texas Military Frontier,” in Recovering the Hispanic History of Texas, ed. Monica Perales and Raúl Ramos (Houston: Arte Público Press, 2010).
  • “Negotiating Nacogdoches: Hasinai Caddo-Spanish Relations, Trade Space, and the Formation of the Texas-Louisiana Border, 1779–1819,” American Indian Culture and Research Journal 33, no. 1 (2009): 65-87.