Graduate Assistant

Michelle M. Martin

Michelle M. Martin is a Doctoral student at the University of New Mexico.  Prior to her arrival at UNM in the fall of 2015, Michelle attended Western Michigan Univeristy where she received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in History.  In 1997 she relocated to Kansas where she was a tenured instructor of history at Fort Scott Community College.  While in Kansas Michelle forged a relationship with several National Park Service units where she used her history skills as a first person living history interpreter.  In 2005 Michelle founded Discovering History, a historical consulting company that specializes in working with NPS units, state and local historic sites, and the television and film industry.  She has produced and been a part of documentaries for the History Channel, PBS, A&E, and the National Geographic Channel.  She also served as the historian and director of the Little House on the Prairie Museum in Independence, Kansas.  The museum preserves the actual homesite of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family from 1869-1871.  Michelle also served as an adjunct faculty member of the Department of History at Rogers State University.

Michelle's research probes the intersections of gender, race, and ethnicity in the Indian territory (Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma) with an emphasis on the Mvskoke Creek and Seminole peoples relocated to what is now present day Oklahoma. Her dissertation research utilizes the diary of a well intentioned missionary teacher amongst the Mvskoke and Seminole and her interracial marriage to a full blood Mvskoke/Seminole man from 1870-1896.  Reassessing the diary and reading it against the grain from the Mvskoke/Seminole perspective forms the core of her work. Michelle recently served as a AHA Mellon Career Diversity for Historians Fellow and completed an internship at Western Spirit:  Scottsdale's Museum of the West.  

When not engaging in her doctoral studies Michelle enjoys hiking, historical travel, photography, and serving as a VIP (Volunteer In Parks) at Fort Union National Monument.

Michelle started at the Center for the Southwest as a graduate assistant in the fall of 2016. She plans, coordinates, and manages the Center’s annual endowed lecture series and functions as the point person for the UNM History Department’s sponsored conferences and symposiums.

Office: Mesa Vista Hall 2061