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Paul Sterling Martin

Associate Professor
Unit: Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
Department: Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy
Office location and address
Garrett L020D
235 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Education
Ph.D. (political science), University of Wisconsin
B.A., University of California at Irvine
Biography

Paul Martin is a political scientist who studies how and when political elites respond to the preferences of ordinary people. His research also examines how and when citizens become involved in the policy process.

Martin was an Assistant Professor of Politics at the University of Oklahoma and an APSA Congressional Fellow in the office of Congressman David R. Obey.  He is a recipient of a Harvard University Goldsmith Award for research on how citizen participation responds to “bad news” about national conditions and a Dirksen Congressional Research Award for his study of how members of congress respond to district participation.

Because of his extensive service and involvement in the Charlottesville community, including serving on the Community Development Block Grant Taskforce and on the boards of nonprofits, he was asked to develop and teach Batten’s first course on philanthropy.

He runs a pilot program, called BattenCorps, that combines service and academics for undergraduate teams of students working on projects for local NGOs. 

Paul is a first-generation college graduate and an active supporter of AccessUVA.

LPPS 2150: Project 1st Gen+ @UVA
Credits: 3
Universities can foster opportunities for social advancement for all or they can facilitate ongoing economic inequality. How we incorporate lower-income and first-generation students is a defining factor. This learning lab poses the question for UVA: how well does the university support its first-gen and lower-income students? What can we do about it? Students will gain research experience addressing these questions.
LPPP 2500: Special Topics in Leadership and Public Policy
Credits: 1–4
Topical course in leadership and public policy.
LPPS 3160: Project 1st Gen+ @UVA
Credits: 3
Universities can foster opportunities for social advancement for all or they can facilitate ongoing economic inequality. How we incorporate lower-income and first-generation students is a defining factor. This learning lab poses the question for UVA: how well does the university support its first-gen and lower-income students? What can we do about it? Students will gain research experience addressing these questions.
LPPS 3360: From Inequality to Action
Credits: 3
In an era where problems are abundant, where solutions are available, and action has stalled, this class grapples with the question of how and why actors with fewer economic or political resources have occasionally gained policy victories over their more powerful adversaries. We will read cases from the United States and abroad that highlight the lessons from both successful and failed efforts at promoting greater equity.
ZFOR 3503: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
LPPP 3559: New Course in Public Policy and Leadership
Credits: 3
Investigates a selected issue in public policy or leadership.
LPPP 4200: Institutional and Political Context of Public Policy
Credits: 3
What are the strengths and weaknesses of the major policy-making institutions, and how does the current system of American governance compare with that of other advanced societies? This class will examine the key institutional and political actors in policymaking; focusing on the increasing fole of non-governmental institutions in problem solving.
PPOL 4200: Institutional and Political Context of Public Policy
Credits: 3
What are the strengths and weaknesses of the major policy-making institutions, and how does the current system of American governance compare with that of other advanced societies? This class will examine the key institutional and political actors in policymaking; focusing on the increasing fole of non-governmental institutions in problem solving.
LPPP 4559: New Course in Public Policy and Leadership
Credits: 3
Investigates a selected issue in public policy or leadership.
LPPP 4725: NGOs in the Policy Arena
Credits: 4
Since the 1960s, nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations have played an increasingly central role in the domestic public policy arena. This class explores their involvement in the interpretation and implementation of federal policy, the coordination of policy solutions, and advocacy for the policies and populations they serve. Policy areas we may consider include poverty and social welfare; the environment; and civil and political rights.
PPOL 4725: NGOs in the Policy Arena
Credits: 4
Since the 1960s, nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations have played an increasingly central role in the domestic public policy arena. This class explores their involvement in the interpretation and implementation of federal policy, the coordination of policy solutions, and advocacy for the policies and populations they serve. Policy areas we may consider include poverty and social welfare; the environment; and civil and political rights.
LPPP 4991: Capstone Seminar
Credits: 3
Students will produce a report providing an analysis of the problem, the policy options available, and their action recommendations. Students will improve their ability to work in teams and hone their written and oral presentation skills.
PPOL 4991: Capstone Seminar
Credits: 3
Students will produce a report providing an analysis of the problem, the policy options available, and their action recommendations. Students will improve their ability to work in teams and hone their written and oral presentation skills.
PPOL 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Independent study in the field of public policy and leadership.
PPOL 5540: Applied Policy Clinics
Credits: 2
Applied Policy Clinics Topics Course
PPOL 6500: Topics in Public Policy
Credits: 1
Investigates a selected issue in public policy or leadership.
LPPP 7993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Student will perform independent projects under close faculty supervision.