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Janet Martin

Professor of Government

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Government And Legal Studies

Hubbard Hall - 16

Teaching this semester

GOV 2005. The American Presidency

An examination of the presidency in the American political system, including the “road to the White House” (party nomination process and role of the electoral college), advisory systems, the institutional presidency, relations with Congress and the courts, and decision-making in the White House. In addition, the instructors draw from their own research interests. For Professor Martin these include presidential-congressional relations, the unilateral action of the President, the role of women as advisors within the White House and in the executive branch, and the influence of outside groups on the White House’s consideration of issues. For Professor Rudalevige these include presidents’ inter-branch relations, with a recent emphasis on presidential efforts to manage the wider executive branch through administrative and unilateral tactics. As part of their final class project, students will be expected to attend a film event see comments for further information.

GOV 3010. Advanced Seminar in American Politics: Presidential-Congressional Relations

Examines presidential-congressional relations through a number of perspectives, including use of historical, quantitative, and institutional analyses. Readings consider the relationship between the executive branch and Congress in both the domestic arena (including regulatory and budgetary policy) and in the area of foreign and defense policy.

Teaching next semester

GOV 1001. Representation, Participation, and Power in American Politics

An introductory seminar in American national politics. Readings, papers, and discussion explore the changing nature of power and participation in the American polity, with a focus on the interaction between individuals (non-voters, voters, party leaders, members of Congress, the president) and political institutions (parties, Congress, the executive branch, the judiciary). Not open to students who have credit for or are concurrently taking Government 1100.

GOV 2010. United States Congress

An examination of the United States Congress, with a focus on members, leaders, constituent relations, the congressional role in the policy-making process, congressional procedures and their impact on policy outcomes, the budget process, and executive-congressional relations.

Janet Martin


B.A. Marquette University
M.A. and Ph.D. Ohio State University

Ms. Martin is a Professor of Government with teaching interests and responsibilities in American national government and research methods.  janet martin book coverIn 1989-90, she was an APSA Congressional Fellow, and worked as a legislative assistant for Senator Herb Kohl from Wisconsin, and Senator George Mitchell.  She is the author of The Presidency and Women: Promise, Performance, and Illusion (Texas A & M University Press, 2003; Winner of the 2004 Richard E. Neustadt Award); Lessons from the Hill: The Legislative Journey of an Education Program (St. Martin's Press, 1994), co-editor of The Other Elites: Women, Politics, and Power in the Executive Branch (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1997), and author of the Instructor’s Manual for a Delicate Balance: An Essential Introduction to American Government (St. Martin’s Press, 1997).  In addition, she has published articles and reviews in The Journal of Politics, Western Political Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and Congress and the Presidency.  In the spring of 1990, Ms. Martin participated in an exchange program in Ottawa, sponsored by the Canadian Government, to study the Canadian Parliament.  Before coming to Bowdoin in 1986 she taught at Gettysburg College for three years, including courses on Urban Politics, and Survey Research and Public Opinion Polls.  In 1978 and 1979 Ms. Martin was a graduate fellow in the Central Intelligence Agency's Summer Studies Program, and was a Regional Finalist in the 1983-84 White House Fellowship Competition.

The Gendered Executive: A Comparative Analysis of Presidents, Prime Ministers, and Chief Executives janet martin: the other elites     janet martin: lessons from the hill

Janet Martin Wins Prestigious Award for Book on the Presidency