Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz, 2010
Eliza Martin teaches both United States and World History courses at Georgia State University. Her research specialty is the late nineteenth and early twentieth-century American West, with an emphasis on social history and the environment. Her current project, Growth by the Gallon: Water, Development, and Power in San Diego, California, 1890-1947, looks at the manner in which human interactions with water impacted the social, cultural, and physical landscape of San Diego at the turn of the twentieth century. City boosters’ ever increasing demands for water not only impacted the local environment, but also strained the city’s relationships with Native American groups, workers, farmers, and with Tijuana, Mexico, San Diego's southern neighbor.
Eliza earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she was heavily involved in the efforts of the University of California’s Center for World History to “globalize” the United States History survey. This project can be found online at http://cwh.ucsc.edu/globalizingoverview.html. A resident of California her entire life, she is excited to explore the South and become a member of the Georgia State community.