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Wendy Martinek


Political Science


Professor Wendy L. Martinek specializes in the study of judicial politics, with a particular interest in the judicial selection politics at the federal level and decision making in both the United States Courts of Appeals and state courts of last resort. Her current research program includes a project examining amicus curiae in the United States Courts of Appeals. In addition to her focus on judicial politics, Professor Martinek has complementary interests in American political institutions, interest groups, state politics, and political methodology. Her research has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Social Science Quarterly, American Politics Review, Party Politics, and Justice System Journal . Her book, Judging on a Collegial Court: Influences on Federal Appellate Decision Making, with Virginia A. Hettinger and Stefanie A. Lindquist is forthcoming with the University of Virginia Press. Professor Martinek teaches classes on Constitutional Law, Civil Rights and Liberties, Judicial Politics and Behavior, and American Political Institutions. With a Master's from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University, Professor Martinek joined the Binghamton faculty in 2000


  • PhD, Michigan State University
  • MA, University of Wisconsin
  • BA, Lawrence University

Research Interests

  • American Politics
  • Judicial Politics
  • State Politics
  • Public Policy


  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2006-2007

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