Andrew D. Martin

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Andrew D. Martin
15th Chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis
Assumed office
June 1, 2019
Preceded byMark S. Wrighton
Dean of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts of the University of Michigan
In office
Preceded byTerrence J. McDonald
Succeeded byElizabeth Cole
Personal details
Andrew D. Martin

(1972-07-25) July 25, 1972 (age 49)
Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.
Spouse(s)Stephanie S. Martin
EducationCollege of William and Mary (AB)
Washington University in St. Louis (PhD)
WebsiteOffice of the Chancellor

Andrew D Martin (born July 25, 1972) is chancellor and professor of political science and law at Washington University in St. Louis.

As an academic, Martin has contributed widely to the areas of judicial politics, quantitative political methodology, and applied statistics, with attention paid specifically to the U.S. Supreme Court.[1]

Education and early career[edit]

From 2014-2018, Martin was dean of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan.[2] Prior to that, he served in various positions at Washington University in St. Louis, including as the Charles Nagel Chair of Constitutional Law and Political Science, vice dean of the School of Law, and chair of the Department of Political Science in Arts & Sciences. Before joining the Washington University faculty, he was assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at State University of New York at Stony Brook from 1998 to 2000.

Along with numerous scholarly articles and book chapters, Martin is the author of “An Introduction to Empirical Legal Research,” which he co-authored with Lee Epstein, the Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished University Professor at Washington University,[3] along with “Judicial Decision-Making: A Coursebook,” which he co-authored with Barry Friedman et al.[4] Throughout his career, Martin has received research funding from many organizations, including the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. In 2021, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[5]

In addition to his many publications, Martin’s most notable scholarly achievements include the Martin-Quinn scores,[6][7] where he and collaborator Kevin Quinn estimated the ideologies of U.S. Supreme Court justices, as well as his contribution to the Supreme Court Database, which documents and codes every decision by a U.S. Supreme Court justice since the Founding.[8]

Martin holds a Ph.D. in political science from Washington University in St. Louis in 1998 and his A.B. from the College of William & Mary in mathematics and government in 1994.

Chancellorship at Washington University in St. Louis[edit]

Andrew D. Martin was appointed Washington University’s 15th chancellor by the university’s Board of Trustees on July 14, 2018.[9]

Since his tenure at Washington University in St. Louis began in 2019, Martin has positioned three strategic pillars at the forefront of his vision: academic distinction, educational access, and the university’s role and impact “in St. Louis and for St. Louis.”[10]

Much of Martin’s early chancellorship has been defined by the onset of COVID-19 and the university’s operational and financial response.[11][12] Notably, under Martin’s leadership, the university was one of the first in the Midwest region to announce a residential campus shutdown and remote working operations, a decision that came ahead of local and state decisions to enforce similar restrictions. In addition, Washington University was one of the only higher education institutions in the United States to announce a delayed start, rather than an accelerated start, to the 2020 fall and 2021 spring academic terms and one of the first to reinstate retirement benefits and the university’s salary merit increase program after the majority of institutions and organizations made similar budget cuts. During that time, scientists at the School of Medicine’s McDonnell Genome Institute developed a saliva-based COVID-19 diagnostic test with capacity to provide up to 50,000 tests per week.[13]

Notable initiatives[edit]

In February 2019, one of Martin’s first announcements as Chancellor of Washington University was the creation of the university’s Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Equity (CRE2).[14] CRE2 officially launched in August 2020 and utilizes field-defining research, innovative learning, and strategic engagement in order to transform scholarship, policy, and clinical interventions where race and ethnicity are at the center.[15]

During his inauguration on October 3, 2019, Martin announced the WashU Pledge, a financial aid program that provides a free undergraduate education to incoming, full-time Missouri and southern Illinois students who are Pell Grant eligible or from families with annual incomes of $75,000 or less. The WashU Pledge covers the full cost of a Washington University education, including tuition, room, board and fees.[16]

In June 2020, Martin outlined a set of action steps to address issues of racial equity on Washington University’s campus and throughout the St. Louis region, including the creation of an Equity and Inclusion Council, the hiring of 12 new faculty with a research emphasis on race, enhanced pedagogy and curricular programming, collaborative efforts to reimagine WUPD and campus safety, increased supplier diversity in contracting and construction projects, and more.[17]


  1. ^ Andrew D Martin : Curriculum Vitae. Retrieved on February 9, 2021
  2. ^ Fitzgerald, Rick (April 17, 2014). "Political scientist selected as next LSA dean". The University Record. Retrieved February 9, 2021.
  3. ^ Epstein, Lee, and Andrew D. Martin. An introduction to empirical legal research. Oxford University Press, 2014.
  4. ^ Clark, Tom S., et al. Judicial Decision-Making: A Coursebook. United States, West Academic, 2020.
  5. ^ "Chancellor, four other faculty named to American Academy of Arts & Sciences | The Source | Washington University in St. Louis". The Source. 2021-04-22. Retrieved 2021-07-14.
  6. ^ Martin, Andrew D. and Kevin M. Quinn. 2002. “Dynamic Ideal Point Estimation via Markov Chain Monte Carlo for the U.S. Supreme Court, 1953–1999,” 10 Political Analysis 134–153
  7. ^ Martin-Quinn Scores : Description Archived 2011-07-20 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on November 12, 2011.
  8. ^ The Supreme Court Database. Retrieved on November 12, 2011.
  9. ^ Andrew D. Martin. Retrieved February, 2021.
  10. ^ Inaugural Address: Momentum. Retrieved February, 2021.
  11. ^ WashU Together: COVID-19 Response. Retrieved February, 2021.
  12. ^ Andrew D. Martin and Fred P. Pestello: St. Louis' moment to rally against a pandemic. Retrieved February, 2021.
  13. ^ Washington University develops COVID-19 saliva test. Retrieved February, 2021.
  14. ^ University creates Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity. Retrieved February, 2021.
  15. ^ Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Equity. Retrieved February, 2021.
  16. ^ Newly inaugurated Washington University Chancellor Andrew D. Martin makes ‘WashU Pledge’. Retrieved February, 2021.
  17. ^ Racial Equity. Retrieved February, 2021.

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