Faculty and Staff

Mark Allan Goldberg
Assistant Professor

Professor Mark Allan Goldberg

Phone: (713) 743-3091
Email: magoldberg@uh.edu
Office: 545 Agnes Arnold Hall

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 University of Houston, the Doris G. Quinn foundation, Colonial Dames of America, and the Texas State Historical Association. He also received a research grant from the Hispanic History of Texas Project, housed in the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project here at the University of Houston.


Professor Goldberg’s teaching interests include Latina/o history, medical history, comparative borderlands, and the history of race and ethnicity in the U.S.

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Research Interests

Professor Goldberg’s research examines the role of health and healing in imperial expansion, nation building, and race formation in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Texas borderlands. Cultural exchange around health and sustenance were central to Spanish imperialism, American Indian diplomacy, Mexican and Texan nation-state formation, and U.S. expansion in Texas. Goldberg’s work traces the changing character of cross-cultural relations across political regimes and explores how diverse health practices influenced 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 Western History Association’s Annual Conference, the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies Annual Symposium, and the Latin American Studies Association International Congress.

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Selected Publications


  • “Curing the Nation with Cacti:  Native Healing and State Building before the Texas Revolution,” in Precarious Prescriptions: Contested Histories of Race and Health in North America, ed. Laurie Green, John Mckiernan-González, and Martin Summers (Minneapolis:  University of Minnesota Press, 2014).
  • “‘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.