Professor of Government
Government And Legal Studies
Hubbard Hall - 16
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.
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.
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. In 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.