Brad Mapes-Martins

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: CCC 472
Phone: (715) 346-4119
Email: bmapesma@uwsp.edu

Education

Research

My research over the past few years has focused on testing the assumptions of deliberative democratic theory against their expected performance for different types of environmental problems. Specifically, I analyze local, participatory institutions in Australia, Europe, and the United States with the goal of adjusting democratic theory to better capture the dynamics of environmental problems.

At present, I am revising for publication chapters on the problems with using Habermasian deliberation for resolving environmental disputes and on the role of expert testimony in small-scale democratic institutions in Britain and the United States.

Courses

Introduction to Political Theory, Political Theory and Democratic Engagement, Environmental Policy, Introduction to American Politics

About

I was raised in Charleston, South Carolina, where I was spoiled from a young age with fresh seafood and mild winters. Pursuing my seafood indulgence to the Pacific Northwest and experiencing its natural beauty, I became involved with environmental issues. Having followed my wife to Wisconsin, I worked with juvenile sex offenders in Marathon County before going on to Massachusetts for graduate school. These days I divide my time between running, mixed martial arts, and organizing the Central Wisconsin Chess Club (centralwichess@gmail.com). Whenever possible, I relax by cooking, walking the dog with my family, reading on the porch, or watching artsy films.​
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