Carla Martinez Machain


Carla Martinez Machain.

Carla Martinez Machain


Carla Martinez Machain


Scholarly Interests

International security; foreign policy; power projection; civil-military relations


Carla Martínez Machain is a Professor of Political Science at the University at Buffalo (effective fall 2022). She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Rice University in May 2012.  She also received her B.A. from Rice University, in Economics and Political Science in 2007. Martínez Machain’s research (funded by the Department of Defense’s Minerva Initiative and the Army Research Office, among others) focuses on foreign policy analysis, with a focus on military policy and international conflict.  Her forthcoming book with Oxford University Press is titled Beyond the Wire: U.S. Military Deployments and Host Country Public Opinion. Her work has appeared in various journals, including the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution. She has also written for policy-oriented outlets such as the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog and The Conversation. Martínez Machain has also served as region President for ISA Midwest and Section Program Chair for the SSIP section of the ISA. She currently serves as part of the editorial team for the ISA journal International Interactions.


  • PhD Rice University 

Current Research

  • Foreign policy analysis; international conflict; military policy

Courses Taught

  • PSC 326 War and Security (undergrad), PSC 643 International Security (graduate), PSC 543 Foreign Policy Formulation (graduate)

Selected Recent Research

Beyond the Wire: U.S. Military Deployments and Host Country Public Opinion (with Michael Allen, Michael Flynn, and Andrew Stravers), Forthcoming (October 2022), Oxford University Press Bridging the Gap Series

Exporting Influence: U.S. Military Training as Soft Power, 2021, Journal of Conflict Resolution

Outside the Wire: US Military Deployments and Public Opinion in Host States (with Michael A. Allen, Michael E. Flynn, and Andrew Stravers), 2020, American Political Science Review