Dr. Scott C. Martin


Scott C. Martin, Ph.D.

  • Position: Professor, graduate faculty
  • Phone: 419-372-8767
  • Email: smartin@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 136 Williams Hall


  • Ohio Academy of History
  • Alcohol and Drugs History Society
  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • Phi Kappa Phi


Scott C. Martin is a social and cultural historian who specializes in the 19th-century United States and the history of drugs and alcohol.  Since receiving his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh in 1990 he has taught at the University of California, Riverside, and, since 1993, BGSU.  He has written or edited books on 19th-century American leisure, the market revolution in America, and the antebellum US temperance movement.  His articles have appeared in The Journal of the Early Republic, The Journal of Social History, The Journal of Family History, and The Social History of Alcohol Review.  He is currently at work on articles exploring alcohol and drugs policy, international abolitionism in the 19th century, and the international dimensions of the temperance movement, as well as a book-length study on alcohol and drugs in the American Civil War.

Fields of Study

  • Drugs and Alcohol History
  • 19th-century US History
  • Early National US
  • Social and Cultural History


  • PhD in History from the University of Pittsburgh, 1990
  • MS in Applied History and Social Science from Carnegie Mellon University, 1983
  • BA in History from Yale University, 1981

Selected Publications

Selected Publications:

  • Editor, The Sage Encyclopedia of Alcohol, 3 vols. (Los Angeles:  Sage Publishing, 2015).
  • Devil of the Domestic Sphere:  Temperance, Gender and Middle-Class Ideology, 1800-1860. Northern Illinois U. Press, 2008, 216 pages.
  • Cultural Change and the Market Revolution in America, 1789-1860, Rowman and Littlefield, 2005), edited volume, 298 pages.
  • Killing Time:  Leisure and Culture in Southwestern Pennsylvania, 1800-1850, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1995), 309 pages.


  • “The Temperance Movement,” for Scribner’s Dictionary of American History Supplement:  America and the World, 1776-Present
  • “The Long Shadow of Prohibition:  U. S. Drugs and Alcohol Policy in the 20th Century,” for The Oxford Handbook of American Political and Policy History
  • “From ‘Good Creature of God’ to ‘Demon Rum’:  Alcohol, Religion, and Ideology, 1750-1850,” for Volume 4, A Cultural History of Alcohol in the Age of Enlightenment and Revolutions, in Bloomsbury Publications’ A Cultural History of Alcohol series
  • “The Anglo-American Reform Community in Florence, Italy, 1800-1860,” Ohio Academy of History Presidential Address and article manuscript
  • Book-length study on drugs and alcohol in the American Civil War

Courses Taught


  • HIST 2050 - Early America
  • HIST 3360 - Drugs and Alcohol in American History
  • HIST 4250/5250 - Early National US, 1789-1848
  • HIST 4260/5260 - Civil War and Reconstruction, 1848-1877
  • HIST 4800 - Senior Seminar


  • HIST 6160 - Alcohol and Drugs in US History
  • HIST 6200 - Problems:  19th-Century US History
  • HIST 6520 - Historiography
  • HIST 6760 - Seminar in American Culture Studies


  • ACS 2500 - Cultural Pluralism in the US


  • ACS 6300 - Methods and Theories
  • ACS 7400 - Genealogy of American Culture
  • 2016    American Library Association,  SAGE Encyclopedia of Alcohol named one of ten best Reference Works
  • 1996     Phi Alpha Theta, Best First Book Award, for Killing Time:  Leisure and Culture in Southwestern Pennsylvania, 1800-1850
  • Ohio Dept. of Education, FALCON College Credit Plus Grant, 2015, $800,000 (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • U. S. Dept. of Education, Teaching American History Grant, 2004-2007, $999,000 (Principal Investigator and Academic Director)
  • U. S. Dept. of Education, Teaching American History Grant, 2002-2005, $884,891 (Principal Investigator and Academic Director)

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