Prof. Martin Named Fellow of Society for Political Methodology

Andrew Martin, vice dean, professor of law, and founding director of the Center for Empirical Research in the Law (CERL), has been unanimously named a Fellow of the Society for Political Methodology. The society is the Political Methodology Section of the American Political Science Association, headquartered in Washington, D.C. 

“Professor Martin has accumulated a distinguished record of achievement in political methodology, applied statistics, and American politics,” says Robert Franzese, president of the Society for Political Methodology and professor and associate chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan. “He has substantially furthered political methodology in a practical and important way through his program for training sitting United States judges to understand statistics as introduced in the courtroom.” 

Martin’s expertise is in the empirical study of judicial decision-making, with special emphasis on the Supreme Court of the United States and lower federal courts. He also regularly offers workshops on social science research methods for judges, prosecutors, and legal academics, and his work has been published in all of the leading political science journals. 

He is well known for his groundbreaking work with Professor Kevin Quinn, University of California-Berkeley, to develop the Martin-Quinn Scores, used to measure ideology of Supreme Court justices. He is also a collaborator on CERL’s Supreme Court Database project, which makes accessible an extensive range of the court’s data to a wide number of scholars. He is also a contributor to CERL’s database project, The Discography: Legal Encyclopedia of Popular Music, comprised of 2,400 court opinions rendered over about 200 years of the music industry. 

Former chair of the Department of Political Science in Arts & Sciences, Martin teaches courses in the law school on judicial decision-making and on social science and statistics for lawyers, in addition to graduate and undergraduate courses in political methodology in the College of Arts & Sciences.