Kate Martin
Visiting Professor of Political Science

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Office: Calvert Hall B25
Email: ktmartin@smcm.edu
Phone: 240-895-4497

"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are. - Anais Nin "


Kate Martin successfully defended her dissertation, entitled "Coordinating Human Rights Compliance", in May of 2012.  She completed both her Master's and PhD work at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Her academic focus lies at the intersection of international politics and comparative politics. Her research focuses primarily on the substantive areas of international organizations, human rights and political and economic development and the relationships that exist between these issues.  She is currently in the process of working on a book manuscript that takes her dissertation on international human rights compliance as its point of departure, also tentatively titled "Coordinating Human Rights Compliance".  Her research incorporates formal modeling, statistical analysis, and case studies to analyze the effects (or lack thereof) of international law on human rights violations at the domestic level.  She has taught courses on International Organizations and Human Rights in addition to the POSC 100 and 269 classes during her time at SMCM and is currently developing syllabi for courses in international political economy and the politics of development.


BAs in Political Science and Philosophy from Baker University, cum laude

MA in Political Science from University of Colorado - Boulder

PhD in Political Science from University of Colorado - Boulder

  • 1st Field - IR
  • 2nd Field - Comparative
  • 3rd Field - Political Methodology

Courses Taught:

  • POSC 100 (Introduction to Politics)
  • POSC 269 (International Politics)
  • In the past, she has taught special topics courses on International Organization and on International Human Rights. She will also be offering a course on International Political Economy which place some emphasis on the politics of development.

Prof. Martin lives in Southern Maryland with her husband, her cheerful dog and her murderous cat who all manage to keep her life very interesting. In her spare time, she enjoys reading fiction (particularly in the mystery and fantasy genres), hiking, and watching movies. She is an avid Jayhawk fan (particularly during basketball season - ROCK CHALK!) and loves finding awesome new music to listen to. The fall of 2013 begins her second academic year living and teaching in Southern Maryland and she continues to be impressed and amazed by the awesome students that St. Mary's boasts!