Brad Mapes-Martins

  Title: Associate Professor
  Office: CCC 472




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.



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


​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 ( Whenever possible, I relax by cooking, walking the dog with my family, reading on the porch, or watching artsy films.​