Carla Martínez Machain


Carla Martínez Machain.

Carla Martínez Machain


Carla Martínez 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. 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 book with Oxford University Press (2022) 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. In 2023 she was recognized as the ISA Midwest’s Quincy Wright Distinguished Scholar. She currently serves as part of the editorial team for the ISA journal International Studies Quarterly


  • PhD Rice University 

Current Research

  • Foreign policy analysis; international conflict; military policy

Courses Taught

  • PSC 326 War and Security (undergrad) 
  • PSC 543 Foreign Policy Formulation (graduate) 
  • PSC 643 International Security (graduate)
  • PSC 646: Civil Military Relations (graduate) 

Selected Recent Research

School of influence: Human rights challenges in US foreign military training, 2024, Conflict Management and Peace Science.

Beyond the Wire: U.S. Military Deployments and Host Country Public Opinion (with Michael Allen, Michael Flynn, and Andrew Stravers) 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