Cathie Jo Martin, Director

Cathie Jo Martin (BA, Carleton College; M.A., University of Washington; PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) is professor of Political Science at Boston University, president of the Comparative Politics section of the American Political Science Association, and former chair of the Council for European Studies. Her current project, entitled “Imagine all the People,” explores the origins of diverse education models and the impacts of these systems on the economic fortunes of low-skill youth.  Martin uses literature and natural language processing techniques to grasp how reformers at critical junctures envisioned problems associated with the socialization of boys and forged new education policies. Her most recent book, The Political Construction of Business Interests: Coordination, Growth and Equality (co-authored with Duane Swank, Cambridge University Press 2012) won the 2012 David Greenstone outstanding book prize from the American Political Science Association section on Politics and History. Martin and Swank investigate the origins of coordinated capitalism and the circumstances under which employers are persuaded to endorse social policies promoting economic productivity and social solidarity. 

Martin is also author of Stuck in Neutral: Business and the Politics of Human Capital Investment Policy (Princeton University Press, 2000), Shifting the Burden: the Struggle over Growth and Corporate Taxation (University of Chicago Press, 1991),and articles appearing in journals such as the American Political Science Review, World Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Governance, and Politics and Society among others. She has held fellowships at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the University of Copenhagen; in addition, she has received grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the German Marshall Fund, the Danish Social Science Research Council, and the National Science Foundation. She holds a position of visiting professor of the Copenhagen Business School, serves on the strategic advisory board of the Danish National Institute for Social Science Research, and was co-chair of the American Political Science Association presidential task force on political negotiation.

For a full bio and publication list, please visit Professor Martin’s webpage.

William Waters, Associate Director

waters-pic1William Waters (BA, Harvard University; MA, PhD, University of California, Berkeley) holds the National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Teaching Professorship at Boston University. He teaches courses in German literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, German linguistics, advanced German language, Comparative Literature, translation, and the Humanities sequence of BU’s Core Curriculum. His research interests center on poetry and poetics and on the poet Rainer Maria Rilke; he is the author of Poetry’s Touch: On Lyric Address (Cornell University Press, 2003) and numerous scholarly articles on topics in German and Comparative Literature. He has been the recipient of yearlong or multi-year fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); has been awarded nearly $3 million in grants for critical-language education at BU; and has been a visiting professor at U.C. Berkeley. At BU he has been honored with both the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Honors Program of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Templeton Prize for Excellence in Student Advising. From 2007 to 2013 he served as the founding Chair of the MLCL department (as WLL was formerly known). He also serves as Executive Director of Project GO-BU.

Elizabeth Amrien, Assistant Director

13730939_10210088721759060_2343695689470897312_oElizabeth Amrien (BA, Fordham University; MDiv, Yale University; MBA, Boston University) manages the programs and finances for the Center for the Study of Europe and the Center for Latin American Studies at Boston University. Her other responsibilities for the Center for the Study of Europe include outreach and publicity, program development, grant writing, and other new and ongoing initiatives, including an active Visiting Researcher program. Previously, she served as managing director of the Institute for Human Sciences at Boston University (IHS), where for eight years she oversaw the strategic operation and development of the institute’s programs.

Since 2002, Elizabeth has organized over 500 public and scholarly events (lectures, panel discussions, exhibits, film screenings, and international conferences) at Boston University, featuring prominent politicians, policy-makers, artists, activists, writers, and intellectuals. In the spring of 2015, she authored her fourth successful grant proposal to the European Commission Delegation in Washington DC, for a two-year project entitled “Getting to Know Europe: EU Future(s),” the goal of which was to launch a longer-term conversation on the future of Europe, what “Europe” means, and what its next steps ought to be.

Elizabeth’s personal interests lie at the intersection of politics and culture, business and spirituality. She is an impassioned advocate for food justice and in 2009 organized an international symposium on the Future of Food: Transatlantic Perspectives, highlighting sustainable, conscious food politics.