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Kerstin Martens

Visiting Scholar 2017-2018

Residency Dates: February 1 – May 31, 2018


Kerstin Martens

Kerstin Martens is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Bremen, Germany. Her research interests include social and education policy in international and comparative perspectives, international organisations (in particular the OECD and the UN), NGOs, and qualitative methodology. She holds a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute, Florence, Italy.

During her stay at the Center, she will be working on a project concerning measurement and standardization in education systems. Consisting of a comparative study of the U.S. and Germany, her research project aims to examine the effects of international student achievement studies, in particular the OECD’s PISA study, on the local level of education policy making processes.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Associate Professor of International Relations, University of Bremen, Germany
  • Visiting Scholar, CES, Harvard University


  • Kerstin Martens, Dennis Niemann & Janna Teltemann (guest editors) “Effects of International Assessments in Education – A Multidisciplinary Review,” European Educational Research Journal 15(5), 2016.
  • Alexandra Kaasch & Kerstin Martens (Eds.) Actors and Agency in Global Social Governance.(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015).

Research Project

The Appeal of Numbers? Measurement and Standardization in Federal Education Systems


Political Science / International Relations

Areas of Expertise

  • International and Comparative Education Policy
  • International Organizations
  • Welfare State