J. Michael Martinez

Affiliated Professor, Department of Public Administration and Policy

Professional Website

J. Michael Martinez works as a government affairs representative and corporate counsel with Dart Container Corporation, a large plastics manufacturing company. Since 1998, he has taught political science as a part-time instructor at Kennesaw State University. In addition, he has taught political science, administrative ethics, environmental law, and constitutional law at several Atlanta-area universities. He also teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and administrative law online for the University of South Dakota. A member of the bar in Georgia and South Carolina, Mr. Martinez lives in Monroe, Georgia.

  • ¬†Ph.D., The University of Georgia 2009, Public Administration
  • M.S.P.P., The Georgia Institute of Technology 2002, Public Policy
  • Ph.D., Georgia State University 1995, Political Science
  • M.P.A., The University of Georgia 1991, Public Administration
  • J.D., Emory University 1987, Law
  • B.A., Furman University 1984, Political Science and Philosophy
Areas of Expertise
  • ¬†Administrative law
  • Administrative ethics
  • Southern history and politics
  • Environmental law and politics
Selected Publications
  • Martinez, J. Michael. American Environmentalism: Philosophy, History, and Public Policy. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, an Imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, 2013.
  • Martinez, J. Michael. Terrorist Attacks on American Soil: From the Civil War Era to the Present. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2012.
  • Martinez, J. Michael. “Managing Scientific Uncertainty in Medical Decision Making: The Case of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.” Journal of Medicine & Philosophy 37, 1 (February 2012): 6-27.
  • Martinez, J. Michael. Coming For to Carry Me Home: Race in America from Abolitionism to Jim Crow. The American Crisis Series: Books on the Civil War Era. Edited by Steven E. Woodworth. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2012.
  • Brudney, Jeffrey L., and Martinez, J. Michael. “Teaching Administrative Ethics in Nonprofit Management: Recommendations to Improve Degrees, Certificates, and Concentration Programs.” Journal of Public Affairs Education 16, 2 (Spring 2010): 181-206.
  • Martinez, J. Michael. Public Administration Ethics for the Twenty-first Century. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers, an Imprint of ABC-CLIO, 2009.
  • Martinez, J. Michael, and Richardson, William D. Administrative Ethics in the Twenty-first Century. Teaching Texts in Law & Politics Series. Vol. 28. Edited by David A. Schultz. New York: Peter Lang USA, 2008.
  • Martinez, J. Michael. “The Luevano Consent Decree and Public Personnel Reform.” Public Personnel Management 37, 3 (Fall 2008): 327-338.
  • Martinez, J. Michael. Carpetbaggers, Cavalry, and the Ku Klux Klan: Exposing the Invisible Empire During Reconstruction. The American Crisis Series: Books on the Civil War Era. Edited by Steven E. Woodworth. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007.
  • Martinez, J. Michael. “Jeffersonian and Hamiltonian Views of Nature in the Early American Republic.” Politics & Policy 33, 3 (September 2005): 522-552.
  • Martinez, J. Michael. Life and Death in Civil War Prisons: The Parallel Torments of Corporal John Wesley Minnich, C.S.A. and Sergeant Warren Lee Goss, U.S.A. Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press, 2004.
  • Martinez, J. Michael. “Liability and Volunteer Organizations: A Survey of the Law.” Nonprofit Management & Leadership 14, 2 (Winter 2003): 151-169.
  • Martinez, J. Michael; Richardson, William D.; and Hornsby, D. Brandon, editors. The Leviathan’s Choice: Capital Punishment in the Twenty-first Century. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002.
  • Martinez, J. Michael. “The Carter Administration and the Evolution of American Nuclear Non-Proliferation Policy, 1977-1981.” Journal of Policy History 14, 3 (Summer 2002): 261-292.
  • Martinez, J. Michael, and Richardson, William D. “The Federalist Papers and Legal Interpretation.” South Dakota Law Review 45, 2 (Summer 2000): 307-333.
  • Martinez, J. Michael; Richardson, William D.; and McNinch-Su, Ron, editors. Confederate Symbols in the Contemporary South. Gainesville: The University Press of Florida, 2000.
  • Thrower, Alex W., and Martinez, J. Michael. “Reconciling Anthropocentrism and Biocentrism Through Adaptive Management: The Case of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and Public Risk Perception.” The Journal of Environment & Development 9, 1 (March 2000): 68-97.
  • Thrower, Alex W., and Martinez, J. Michael. “Hazardous Materials Transportation in an Age of Devolution.” The American Review of Public Administration 29, 2 (June 1999): 167-189.
  • Cagle, M. Christine; Martinez, J. Michael; and Richardson, William D. “Privatizing Professional Licensing Boards: Self-Governance or Self-Interest?” Administration & Society, 30, 6 (January 1999): 734-770.
  • Richardson, William D.; Martinez, J. Michael; and Stewart, Kerry R., editors. Ethics and Character: The Pursuit of Democratic Virtues. Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, 1998.
  • Martinez, J. Michael. “Law Versus Ethics: Reconciling Two Concepts of Public Service Ethics.” Administration & Society 29, 6 (January 1998): 690-722.
  • Martinez, J. Michael. “State Displays of Confederate Symbols: Legal Challenges and the Political Question Doctrine.” Southeastern Political Review 25, 1 (March 1997): 163-180.