Jay Martin holds a Bachelor's in Public History from Western Michigan University (1984), a Master's in American Studies (1988) and a Ph.D. in History (1995) from Bowling Green State University. He has served as the chief administrator for several museums, including the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum (Madisonville, Louisiana), the American Victory Mariners Memorial and Museum Ship (Tampa, Florida), and the Wisconsin Maritime Museum (Manitowoc, Wisconsin), as well as teaching American and Public history at various institutions, most recently at Southeastern Louisiana University. In 2010 he joined the faculty at Central Michigan University in a joint appointment as Director of the
CMU Museum of Cultural and Natural History/Gerald Poor School House Museum and Director of the
Museum Studies Program. He is also a primary advisor in the new Cultural Resource Management Masters / Certificate Program.
Offices: Rowe 103 and Powers 202
Phone: (989) 774–7165 or (989) 774–7769
Research and Teaching Interests
With training and experience in underwater archaeology, American Studies, and many fields of Public History, Dr. Martin has worked professionally as a curator, archivist, park ranger, director, expert witness, oral historian, folklorist, and consultant. He is a former merchant mariner and specialist in maritime history, with interest in the transmission of maritime technology and the influence of the maritime world upon the terrestrial. Dr. Martin specializes in developing unique collaborative ventures for sustainable management and interpretation. His geographic focus is on the Great Lakes Region and its impact upon world events.