The Director of the Martin Institute and the Martin Fellow in Public Policy work closely with a group of Faculty Fellows to develop co-curricular programming events, speakers, discussions and films around a two-year theme.

Environmental Justice, Sustainability and Economic Development

In the midst of a two-year study of Environmental Justice, Sustainability and Economic Development, the Martin Institute has organized events around four distinct but connected sub-themes:

  • The Tragedy of the Commons, Fall 2012
  • Climate Change, Spring 2013
  • Food Security, Fall 2013
  • Environmental Stewardship through Collaboration, Spring 2014

Each sub-theme will afford the focus to develop concrete conversations and invite scholars, artists, and community members whose work more clearly articulates these conversations.

Faculty Fellows

Programming for the theme is the result of planning by an interdisciplinary group of Faculty Fellows led by the Martin Fellow in Public Policy.

Martin Faculty Fellows for 2012-2014

  • Sean Mulholland, Associate Professor of Economics
  • Jennifer Swanson, Professor of Business Administration
  • Christopher Wetzel, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology 

Martin Fellow in Public Policy

Dr. William Henry Ewell

Dr. William Henry Ewell

Dr. William Henry Ewell is an Assistant Professor of American political institutions and public policy. He teaches courses in American institutions and public policy, representation and political parties, state politics and policy, political economy, and political methodology.

He has recently published an article in Legislative Studies Quarterly. His research interests include Congressional institutions, politics of resource allocation and the federal budgetary process, and American social policy. More broadly his research focuses on issues of social justice and the politics of inequality.

Many of these interests inform his current research project exploring whether the U.S. government has the ability to overcome their central collective action problem, namely that Congress members are incentivized to be individually responsible but collectively irresponsible, to constrain future spending behavior.

Ewell has nearly 10 years of experience working in federal and state politics. He worked for North Carolina Governor James Hunt at the Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy. He also served as a legislative aide in the office of Senior Rhode Island United States Senator John Chafee.