Professor of Politics and International Relations
You are so lucky to be starting your path with so much before you."
Pamela Martin joined Coastal Carolina University's Department of Politics and Geography in 1999. In 2015 she became the 19th recipient of the HTC Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Lecturer Award. In 2008 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to conduct research and teach at La Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador in 2009. Her research and writing focus on global environmental politics, energy, sustainable development, and international relations and policy.
She received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park.
She has written and edited numerous books and articles in her field, including "Ending the Fossil Fuel Era, Oil in the Soil: The Politics of Paying to Preserve the Amazon" and "Introduction to World Politics: Conflict and Consensus on a Small Planet," written in collaboration with retired CCU professor Richard Oliver Collin. Her book, "The Globalization of Contentious Politics: The Amazonian Indigenous Rights Movement," analyzes the benefits and challenges of global processes on indigenous peoples in some of the most remote areas of the world.
She has worked closely on international collaborations with Ecuador and has written extensively about oil extraction in the Amazon and on the Galapagos Islands. She has directed CCU's Model U.N. team for 12 years. Currently, she is beginning a new sustainable development program at CCU in which students produce digital case studies of local sustainability issues and challenges.
Interesting Facts about Pamela Martin
Martin was the speaker for the August 2015 commencement. In her address she placed the new graduates’ achievement in a global perspective. “Slightly under 7 percent of the world’s population has the degree that you have earned today,” she said. “Sixty percent of your fellow U.S. citizens do not have such a degree. Given these statistics, it is clear that you have something to celebrate today.”
She encouraged the graduates to apply their knowledge and skills to improve the world via the powerful opportunities that today’s technology provide. “You are graduating in a time of unprecedented technology, globalization and commerce, and the ability to express yourself and your ideas and pursuits like no other time before. I say this to all of my students, and I will say it to you today again: You are so lucky to be starting your path with so much before you.”