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Mark Allan Goldberg
Associate Professor

Professor Mark Allan Goldberg

Phone: (713) 743-3091
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 funding from the University of Houston, the Doris G. Quinn foundation, and the Texas State Historical Association.  He also has received research grants from the Hispanic History of Texas Project and the Southern Jewish Historical Society.

In 2017, Dr. Goldberg began to serve as Director of the UH Jewish Studies Program.


Professor Goldberg’s teaching interests include courses in early American history, Latin@ history, Jewish Studies, and the history of race and ethnicity.

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Research Interests

Professor Goldberg is the author of Conquering Sickness: Race, Health, and Colonization in the Texas Borderlands (University of Nebraska Press, 2016).  Conquering Sickness examines the role of health and healing in imperial expansion, nation building, and race formation in the 18th- and 19th-century Texas-Mexico border region.  Health concerns drove Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo colonization in Texas, and colonists regularly articulated what behaviors fostered healthy and successful settlement and what behaviors threatened human bodies.  In the process, Spaniards, Mexicans, and Anglos defined nonwhites’ everyday practices as medical threats to society, empire, and nationhood.

Professor Goldberg is currently working on another book project exploring the history of Jewish Latin@s.  This project analyzes Jewish Latin@ storytelling—through music, food, and historical memory—to understand Jewish Latin@ community and identity in the 20th- and 21st-century United States and Latin America.

Goldberg is an active participant in the Center for Public History.  In 2017, he launched a new public history project related to his research, titled “‘La Hora’:  Jewish Latina/os and Explorations in Jewish History and Identity.”  “La Hora” explores the history and experiences of Jewish Latin@s and other ethnically and racially mixed Jewish populations.  It seeks to engage Houston’s Latin@ Jewish community and bring scholars and presenters to examine the diversity of American Jewish history through a variety of programs, including the creation of an oral history archive and a culinary scholarly presentation on Jewish foods. 

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Selected Publications


Conquering Sickness: Race, Health, and Colonization in the Texas Borderlands (University of Nebraska Press, 2016)



  • “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.