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Josh Martin BA '08

Josh Martin

Gallatin is synonymous with _________________.

Taking the time to think critically.

What do you wish people knew about Gallatin?

I wish people knew that it’s a rare and special space within NYU. It’s intimate, with its own style and a family vibe. That is rare and precious within a huge university in an enormous city.

What was your favorite course at Gallatin?

Stephen Duncombe’s course on the politics of persuasion.

If you were to design your own Gallatin course, what would it be?

“Making the Case: Evidence-Based Advocacy in the Era of Big Data”

What was the most surprising thing you found about your degree once you joined the workforce?

How versatile it was. I went into the NGO world and then grad school but could have done a hundred other things.

What do you miss about Gallatin/1 Washington Place?

The events!

Josh Martin is a Vice President at ideas42 where he’s responsible for managing behavioral economics intervention projects in the fields of financial aid reform and international cash transfer programs. Prior to joining ideas42, Josh was a policy advisor in Côte d’Ivoire’s Ministry of Planning and Development and held posts at the Cordoba Initiative and with Princeton University’s Empirical Studies of Conflict program. He has been a consultant for the World Bank, the United States Agency for International Development, and the National Democratic Institute. Josh holds an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and his policy research included works on microfinance, conflict dynamics, and governance in developing countries. He speaks fluent Arabic and French—and enough Farsi to order his favorite kebabs.