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Dr. Wesley Martin

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Associate Professor
Political Science
Rhodes Hall S264 • M/S 3400

My wife and I live in the woods south of Keene, on the shoulder of a small mountain. We are fortunate to have a summer place on the St. Lawrence that remains, for us, the center of the universe. Our happiest times are in places that can be explored in one or more small boats. 

Degrees and Credentials

AB, 1972, Political Science, Stanford University; MA, 1976, and PhD, 1998, Political Science, University of Wisconsin–Madison; with field qualifications in Institutions & Electoral Behavior, Comparative Government, International Relations.

Professional Interests

The integration of political concepts, experience, and reasoning into the political and personal practices of ordinary citizens; the varying impacts of “golden-rule thinking” in political thinking and behavior; the political content of children’s literature; and the political geography of economically motivated voting.

Professional Background

Assistant Professor, Political Science, Keene State, 2007–13; Adjunct Lecturer, Political Science, Keene State, 1998–2007; contract writer and editor, educational policy, 1995–98; staff writer and editor, educational assessment and program evaluation, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 1990–95; staff writer and editor, beginning teacher assistance, Wisconsin Department of Instruction, 1989–90; library services assistant, bibliographic research, Wisconsin InterLibrary Services, 1988–89; legislative analyst and lobbyist, housing policy, Madison Apartment Association, 1985–86; and contract researcher, spatial analysis; 1981–85.

Significant Papers and Publications

Martin, J. Wesley. November 2012. “The Golden Rule in Political Thought: Distinguishing Ethical and Moral Beneficence from Strategic Reciprocity.” Panel on Political Theory and Religious Thought, Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association, Boston, MA.

Martin, J. Wesley. November 2011. “The Golden Rule’s Western Journey: From Holy Obligation to Natural Law and High-Stakes Game … and Holy Obligation.” Panel on Modern Political Theory, Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Martin, J. Wesley. 2010. “Practical Theory: Teaching Political and Economic Citizenship.” PS: Political Science & Politics, 43 (April), 327–331. 

Martin, J. Wesley. 1998. “Economically Motivated Voting across Regions and Eras in American Presidential Elections: 1932–1992.” Doctoral Dissertation in Political Science, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Porat, Marc U., and Wesley Martin, editors and co-authors. 1974. “World IV: A Policy Simulation  Model of National and Regional Systems.” Stanford Journal of International Studies, 9 (Spring), 71–166.


Married, with “his and her” children: two sons for me, a son and daughter for my wife. Six magic grandchildren. I like all navigable water, especially the St. Lawrence River, and small boats.


August 7, 2017 –

Rising senior and honors student Tyler Croteau’s interests and enthusiasm see him involved with many facets of life on campus and off, and gain him some important professional experience. “I could not be more thankful for the resources the College has provided me to advance my career,” he said. “I’ve…

May 22, 2017 –

Making sense of internet behavior can be one of the most ambitious undertakings of the digital age, and Keene State Political Science major Rachel Norton ’17 succeeded in the undertaking. Her research gave her an opportunity to take her findings to the Midwest Political Science Association Conference this spring.