Cathie Jo Martin

Professor of Political Science

Office: PLS 311A
Phone: 617-353-3798
Education: Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.A., University of Washington; B.A., Carleton College
Areas of Specialization: Comparative Politics; Political Economy; Comparative Public Policy

Cathie Jo Martin is Professor of Political Science at Boston University. Her current work explores the cultural origins of diverse education systems (using computational analyses of British and Danish literature) and the impacts of these systems on the social inclusion and low-skill youth. Martin’s last book, The Political Construction of Business Interests: Coordination, Growth and Equality (co-authored with Duane Swank, Cambridge University Press 2012) won the David Greenstone book prize from the Politics and History section of APSA. The book investigates the origins of coordinated capitalism and the circumstances under which employers endorse social policies promoting economic productivity and social solidarity. She 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 the co-edited (with Jane Mansbridge) Political Negotiation (Brookings 2015). Martin has written articles appearing in journals such as the American Political Science Review, World Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Governance, Socio-Economic Review 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 funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the German Marshall Fund, the Danish Social Science Research Council, the BU Hariri Institute, the BU Humanities Foundation and the National Science Foundation. Martin has served as chair of the Council for European Studies, president of the Comparative Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, director of the Boston University Center for the Study of Europe, and co-chair (with Jane Mansbridge) of the 2013 APSA Presidential Task Force on Political Negotiation. She holds a research associate position with the Danish Center for Welfare Studies, University of Southern Denmark. Professor Martin received her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987 and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Southern Denmark in 2019.

Professor Martin regularly teaches the following courses:
The Foundations of US Public Policy (PO 321)
Comparative Public Policy (PO 341)
Political Economy of Advanced Industrialized Societies (PO 528)
Graduate Seminar in Comparative Public Policy (PO 742)
The Field Seminar in Comparative Politics (PO 751)

Additional information:
Curriculum Vitae
Personal Home Page (includes selected publications available for download)