Angely Martinez

Political Science / Ph.D. Student

Angely Martinez

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Comparative Politics, International Relations


De facto states, Civil war outcomes, Blackspots



Angely Martinez is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Her research centers around de facto states, areas that have declared independence but do not hold international legal recognition. In her dissertation, she looks at the state capacity of de facto states and the effect it has on their strategy for sovereignty. 

In addition to her primary research on de facto states, Martinez contributes to the Global Blackspots project at the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs. She has worked on several cases: Nueva Loja, Ecuador; Marbella, Spain; and South Ossetia. 

Martinez holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from Syracuse University. She received her B.A. from the University of Alabama.

Research Projects

Angely contributes to the Global Blackspots project, and has updated the cases of Marbella (Spain) and Nuevo Lago (Ecuador). She is currently working on updating South Ossetia.

Teaching Information

Teaching Assistant for PSC 124-Introduction to International Relations (Fall 2016 and Fall 2017), International Law (Spring 2016), Constitutional Law I (Fall 2015), and Free Speech (Spring 2017).