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A graduate of Columbia University (PhD, 2006), Benjamin Martin is a cultural historian of twentieth-century Europe, with a particular focus on interwar Germany and Italy. He is the author of The Nazi-Fascist New Order for European Culture (Harvard University Press, 2016), a study of how the German-Italian Axis sought to create a "New Order" in European cultural life in the late 1930s and during WWII. He has published on related topics in the Journal of Contemporary History and, most recently, in an edited volume on Swedish intellectual and cultural leaders' cooperation with Nazi Germany.
At Uppsala Univeristy, Martin works as Director of the Euroculture Program, an Erasmus Mundus MA program in European studies, for which he teaches several courses. Along with two Euroculture colleagues, Martin co-directs the U4 research network "Cultural Mechanisms of Inclusion and Exclusion in Contemporary Europe" (CMIECE). He currently also co-teaches a course on narrative and the uses of history for Uppsala’s Department of the History of Science and Ideas.
Interested in the emerging field of the environmental humanities, Martin led the planning of Euroculture’s 2014 summer Intensive Program, which linked European studies to the environmental humanities through a week-long program on “How a New Climate is Changing the Old World.” Martin is likewise involved in the new undergraduate Liberal Arts Program at Uppsala’s Campus Gotland, where he helped develop (and currently co-teaches) the course "Människan och miljön" ("Humans and the environment").
Martin has presented on culture and politics in non-academic contexts, including presentations on Italian futurism at SFMOMA, on fascism and intellectuals at the Bard Music Festival, and in historical presentations for the cast and crew of Uppsala Stadsteater's productions of Sound of Music (2012) and Cabaret (2014), for which he also wrote program notes.
Previously Martin served on the research staff of KUSKO, an inter-departmental research group at Uppsala that pursued philosophical and historical studies of “knowledge societies,” focusing on the international organization and communication of knowledge. Between 2011 and 2014 he taught several courses for the Department of History, including an MA-level course on historical theory and methods (for the Roads to Democracy Program and, in 2014, for the MA program in Global Environmental History), as well as lectures and seminars for the undergraduate-level Historikerprogrammet. He has also supervised several masters theses.
Prior to coming to Uppsala, Martin was Assistant Professor of History at San Francisco State University from 2008 to 2010, where he taught on the political and cultural history of twentieth-century Europe.
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