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 interest as a PhD student emphasize U.S. corporate soft power strategies in Latin America during the Cold War.

Golding’s dissertation project, tentatively titled “The Price of Doing Business: U.S. Petroleum Firms and the Creation of Social Capital in Venezuela, 1939-1975” 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 attacks that could threaten their long control over local petroleum. The first stages of this dissertation project have already taken place with research in Caracas and Maracaibo in Venezuela, and the National Archives at College Park in the United States. He expects to conduct further research during the 2020-2021 school year.

At UT Austin, Golding currently serves as a graduate affiliate coordinator for the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Social Justice. He is also 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 the UT’s 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 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. 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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