Allison Martens

Department of Political Science
Faculty - Assistant Professor of Political Science


Ph.D. University of Texas (2007) M.A. University of Texas (2005) J.D. University of Texas (1996) B.A. Smith College (1993)

Research Interests

American Political Development, Constitutional Law and Theory, Civic Education, Social Movements, Race and Gender Politics

Selected Publications

Martens, Allison M. and Jason Gainous, "Civic Education and Democratic Capacity: How Do Teachers Teach and What Works?" 2013. Social Science Quarterly.  94(4) 956-76.

Gainous, Jason and Allison M. Martens, "The Effectiveness of Civic Education: Are "Good' Teachers Actually Good for 'All' Students?" 2012. American Politics Research, 40(2) 232-66.

Martens, Allison M. "Working Women or Women Workers? The Women's Trade Union League and the Transformation of the American Constitutional Order." 2009. Studies in American Political Development, 23(2) 143-70.

Martens, Allison M. "Reconsidering Judicial Supremacy: From the Counter-Majoritarian Difficulty to Constitutional Transformations."  2007. Perspectives on Politics, 5(3) 447-59.

Courses Taught

Introduction to American Politics, Women in Politics, The American Founding


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