Public Engagement

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    Scott B. Martin (Ph.D., Columbia University) has taught regularly in the International Affairs program since 2005 as well as in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University since 1998. He currently teaches courses on comparative social policy and on global labor politics.  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, and has regularly served as a free lance research contributor to Latin American reports of the Economist Intelligence Unit for over a decade.  He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, most recently (with João Paulo Cândia Veiga and Katiuscia Moreno Galhera) "Wal-Mart in Brazil:  From Global Diffusion to National Institutional Embeddedness," in Carolina Bank Muñoz, et al., eds., Walmart in the Global South: Workplace Culture, Labor Politics, and Supply Chains (University of Texas, May 2018).   Prof. Martin is also co-editor and contributor to the volumes, The New Politics of Inequality in Latin America (Oxford, 1997) and Competividade e Desenvolvimento: Atores e Instituições Locais (São Paulo, SENAC, 2001) 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.  His blog can be found at:

    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 Affiliations:

    American Political Science Association


    American Sociological Association


    Latin American Studies Association


    Labor and Employment Relations Association 

    Recent Publications:

    (with João Paulo Cândia Veiga and Katiuscia Moreno Galhera), "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 (forthcoming,  May 2018)

    (with João Paulo Veiga, Flávia Donadelli and Rodrigo Brandão), "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 Ilán Bizberg), 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 João Paulo Cândia Veiga) “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 Glauco Arbix) “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

    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

    Current Courses:

    Social Rights & Welfare Regime

    Social Rights & Welfare Regime (Spring 2019)

    The Future of Work