History Department
History Department

Marcus Golding

M.A. in Latin American Studies, Georgetown University

Marcus Golding



20th Century Latin America, the Inter-American Cold War, labor movements and foreign businesses in extractive industries, the Venezuelan petroleum industry and U.S. soft power. Other minor interests include Third-World Nationalism, guerrilla insurgencies, revolutions and counter-revolutions.



Marcus Golding is a Ph.D. candidate in the History department. He holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, Venezuela, and a M.A. in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University. Born and raised in Venezuela, Golding’s research interests as a PhD student include business and labor histories in Latin America during the Cold War, and the cultural, social and economic influences of US petroleum businesses in the region and in Venezuela specifically.

Golding’s dissertation project, tentatively titled “The Price of Doing Business: Foreign Capital, National Development and Power in the Venezuelan Oil Industry (1939-1976)” explores the socio-economic contributions and social alliances made by the dominant U.S. oil corporations (Jersey Standard and Gulf) to curry favor with locals and to fend off nationalist reactions that could threaten their long control over local petroleum. The first stages of this dissertation project have already taken place with research in archives located in Caracas and Maracaibo in Venezuela, and at the National Archives in Maryland, and the Briscoe Center and the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas in Austin. He expects to conduct further research during the 2021-2022 school year.

At UT Austin, Golding served as a graduate affiliate coordinator for the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Social Justice. He is a graduate fellow at the Clements Center for National Security since 2019. He has contributed with encyclopedia size biographies for the Handbook of Texas Women, an initiative of the Texas State Historical Association.

Golding has contributed with different book reviews for UT's history department public history website Not Even Past and H-Net, an interdisciplinary platform and network of scholars focused on the social sciences and the humanities.  He has also featured in podcast interviews talking about his research interests. Some of his articles have appeared in academic journals based in Chile (Encrucijada Americana) and Venezuela (Revista Anales).

He has participated in different conferences and workshops presenting sections of his dissertation research. Golding attended the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies Conference held in March of 2020. More recently he presented papers at the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and at a workshop held by the Business History Conference in May and June of 2021.

He supports history more as a public discourse and is interested in archival preservation. As such, Golding has volunteered in digitization projects at the Benson Latin American Collection. He has worked as a content curator for a World History lesson plan centered on the Inter-American Cold War for high school teachers. Additionally, Golding participated as a special collections and digital scholarship volunteer at the same institution by contributing with the digitization and metadata of photographs for the Genaro García collection (focused on 19th century Mexican politicians).

Golding also has his own blog where he has written book reviews and personal articles about historical and science fiction topics, including Ancient Rome, the Byzantine Empire, Latin America and Star Wars, among other things.

If you have any questions regarding his academic work or interests, he is happy to hear from you via email.

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