Martha Derthick '54
Martha Derthick graduated from Hiram College in 1954 with a major in History and Political Science. While at Hiram, she was very active in Sigma Mu Sigma, the Alpha Society, the Yearbook, and was the secretary of student government.  After graduating from Hiram, she went on to receive her Master's Degree in International Affairs and her Ph.D in Political Science from Radcliffe College in 1956 and 1962 respectively.
Martha is now retired from the Department of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia, where she was the Julia Allen Cooper Professor. She is the author of numerous books on American government, including
  • Dilemmas of Scale in America's Federal Democracy (editor, 1999)
  • Agency Under Stress: The Social Security Administration in American Government (1990)
  • The Politics of Deregulation (with Paul J. Quirk, 1985)
  • Policymaking for Social Security (1979), which won the Kammerer Prize of the American Political Science Association as the best book of the year on American public policy.

Read one of her articles, American Federalism: Half Full or Half Empty?

Before going to the University of Virginia, she was a member of the Governmental Studies Program of The Brookings Institution for twelve years, and was the program's director between 1978 and 1983.  She has also taught at Dartmouth College, Stanford University, Harvard University, and Boston College.
Martha is also a trustee of Hiram College.

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