Dr. Brenden Martin

Dr. Martin

Professor of History 

Director of Public History 

E-mail: brenden.martin@mtsu.edu
Phone: (615) 898-2643
Office Location: Peck Hall 224C
MTSU Box 23
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Current CV

Research Interests:
Public History, Museum Studies, Tourism, New South History

Undergraduate Courses Taught:

  • HIST 2010, HIST 2020, The Sunbelt

Graduate Courses Taught

  • HIST 6510/7510—Seminar in Public History
  • HIST 6220/7220—Seminar in Public Programming for Historical Organizations
  • HIST 6535/7535—Essentials of Museum Management
  • HIST 6540/7540—Seminar: Museum Management
  • HIST 6545/7545—Seminar in Management of Collections for Historical Origanizations
  • HIST 6993/7993—Current Issues in Pubic History Practice
  • HIST 7991—Residency Colloquium

Selected Publications:

Martin, Brenden, and June Hall McCash. The Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Donning Press, 2012.

Tourism in the Mountain South: A Double Edged Sword. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2007.

Cane River National Heritage Area: Master Interpretive Plan.  Washington, D.C.: National Park Service, 2004.

Selected Awards

  • Public Service Award, 2008, MTSU Foundation.
  • Tennessee Association of Museums “Best Exhibit” award (2007) for “Recovering Their Story: African Americans at the Davis Plantation, 1850-1925,” a collaborative project with the Sam Davis Home.
  • Tennessee Association of Museums Commendation (2005) for “Turning Point: The Modernization of Smith County, 1880-1930,” a collaborative project with the Smith County Heritage Museum

Works in Progress

  • Jekyll Island: The State Era (research and manuscript in progress)


Ph.D. in History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1997

Master of Arts in History, Middle Tennessee State University, 1991

Bachelor of Arts, Middle Tennessee State University, 1989