From Kindergartener to Department Chair in 28.83 years
A go-getter since childhood, Andrew Martin has earned quick success with hard work. To follow Martin's game of life, click on each game-board icon below. Click again when finished reading to return to the game board.
1972: Born in the university town of Lafayette, Ind., to a second-grade teacher and a math-teacher-turned-banker. His two brothers now work at Purdue University.
1977: Begins kindergarten
“On the first day of school, my mother introduced me to my teacher, Mrs. Leatherman, as Andy Martin. I immediately corrected her and told my teacher, 'My name is Andrew Martin.'”
1981: Sends first email on the Purdue Engineering Computer Network
1983: Elected president of the Indiana Junior Historical Society (“Little Hoosiers”)
1984: Receives first computer, an Apple IIc, as a Christmas present
1990: Won the Indiana Science Talent Search, a statewide science-fair-type competition. Martin presented a project that used a physical model to solve an optimization problem.
1994: Graduates with high honors from the College of William and Mary with degrees in mathematics and government and enrolls as a graduate student in political science at Washington University
“Some of the best days of my life were spent in a computer lab with a few fellow graduate students arguing about the best way to approach a problem.”
1998: Earns PhD, appointed to the faculty of Stony Brook University and marries Stephanie, a friend of a friend whom he met while attending an American Political Science Association meeting in San Francisco
2000: Returns as assistant professor of political science to build Washington University's political methodology program
“I'm grateful to a lot of leaders - Lee Epstein, Ed Macias, Kent Syverud, and Gary Wihl — who in the last decade have given me the chance to succeed or fail.”
2006: Promoted to full professor (tenure granted two years earlier) and appointed founding director of the Center for Empirical Research in the Law
“If I weren't doing what I'm doing now, I think I would have been a lawyer. I love the argumentation, the problem-solving, the negotiation.”
2007: Appointed chair of political science department; a year later, daughter Olive is born
2009: Awarded $874,227 grant from the National Science Foundation as co-principal investigator for a project to backdate the U.S. Supreme Court Judicial Database