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  • Scott Martin

    Part-time Associate Teaching Professor


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    Scott Martin


    Scott B. Martin (Ph.D., Columbia University) has taught regularly in the New School’s Graduate Program in International Affairs program since 2005 as well as in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University since 1998.  Prof. Martin has also been a Lecturer of Political Science and Latin American Studies at Princeton University and a full-time Visiting Lecturer at Yale University and Sarah Lawrence College. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University (2001), where he also served for two years as Assistant Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies.  He regularly worked as freelance research contributor to Latin American reports of the Economist Intelligence Unit for over a decade.  For 2022-2023, he is a Faculty Fellow at the Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies at The New School. His areas of research and teaching specialization are comparative and transnational labor politics, comparative social policy, corporate social responsibility in transnational corporations, politics/policy of socio-economic development, and Latin American political economy. 

    Current research is focused on labor conflict and regulation at the Amazon company in its e-commerce distribution network in Latin America as well as regulation and governance of AI and tech in the region more generally. He is co-author of Labor Contestation at Walmart Brazil:  Limits of Global Diffusion in Latin America (Palgrave, 2021), exploring the nationally contingent patterns of conflict and cooperation between unions and regulators on one hand the U.S. supermarket giant, on the other (with João Paulo Veiga and Katiuscia Galhera).   He co-edited and contributed to El Estado de Bienestar ante la Globalización:  El Caso de Norteamérica (El Colegio de México, 2012, with Ilán Bizberg) which explored divergent/convergent patterns of evolution in social policy and labor regulation across Mexico, Canada and the United States; Competitiveness and Development:  Local Actors and Institutions (São Paulo, SENAC, 2001) examining subnational economic governance across Latin America; and The New Politics of Inequality in Latin America:  Rethinking Participation and Representation (Oxford, 1997) which brought together research and new theoretical insights on participation and representation of popular-sector groups within a democratizing, market-reforming fin-de-siecle Latin America.

    Degrees Held

    Ph.D., Graduate School of Arts of Sciences, Dept. of Political Science, Columbia University in the City of New York, 2001    

    Master of Interational Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, 1988

    B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University, 1983

    Professional Affiliation

    American Political Science Association


    American Sociological Association


    Latin American Studies Association


    Labor and Employment Relations Association 

    Recent Publications

    Labor Contestation at Walmart Brazil: Limits of Global Diffusion in Latin America, London:  Palgrave Macmillan, released September 2021 (co-authored with João Paulo Veiga and Katiuscia Galhera) https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030746711

    “Regional Governance Initiatives in Artificial Intelligence in South and Latin America,” in Leslie Elliott Armijo, Sybil Rhodes, and Markus Fraundorfer, eds., Policy Regionalism in South America: Drivers and Barriers, forthcoming

     "Wal-Mart in Brazil:  From Global Diffusion to National Institutional Embeddedness," in Carolina Bank Muñoz, Bridget Kenny, and Antonio Stecher, eds., Walmart in the Global South: Workplace Culture, Labor Politics, and Supply Chains, Austin:  University of Texas Press (2018), with Joao Paulo Veiga and Katiuscia Galhera

     "Responsabilidade social na mineração e o ciclo político local: O caso da Alcoa em Juriti (PA)" (“Social Responsibility in Mining and the Local Political Cycle:  The Case of Alcoa in Juruti, Pará”), RURIS-Revista do Centro de Estudos Rurais, 2017, Universidade de Campinas, Brazil, with Joao Paulo Veiga, Flavia Donadelli and Rodrigo Brandao

    Co-editor/contributor, El Estado de Bienestar ante la Globalizacaión:  El Caso de Norteamérica (The Welfare State amidst Globalization:  The Experience of North America), Mexico City:  El Colegio de México, 2012, with Ilan Bizberg

    “Climate Change, Trade Unions and Rural Workers in Labour-Environmental Alliances in the Amazon Rainforest,” In Nora Rathzel and David Uzzell, Trade Unions in the Green Economy:  Working for the Environment,  London and New York:  Routledge, 2012, with Joao Paulo Veiga

    “New Directions in Public Policy and State-Society Relations,” In Mauricio Font and Laura Randall, eds., The Brazilian State: Debate and Agenda, New York:  Lexington Books, 2011, with Glauco Arbix

    Research Interests

    comparative labor politics and policy, comparative social policy, political economy of development, critical approaches to corporate social responsibility, nexus of labor, environment and community struggles, governance and regulation of artificial intelligence in its social impacts

    Awards And Honors

    Faculty Fellow, Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies, The New School, July 2022-present

    Centennial Center Grant, American Political Science Association, 2021-22

    Organization of American States and Columbia Graduate Travel Grants, Mexico City, 1993-94—research on labor relations and productive restructuring in the auto industry

    Fulbright-Hays grant, São Paulo, Brazil, 1992

    Interdisciplinary Fellow, Center for Social Sciences, Columbia University, 1990-91

    I.I.E. Fulbright grantee, El Colegio de México, Mexico City, 1984-85

    Future Courses

    Future of Work & Labor
    UTNS 5154, Fall 2024

    Research DesignData Collection
    NINT 5005, Spring 2025

    Past Courses

    Future of Work & Labor
    UTNS 5154, Fall 2023

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