A Brooklyn native, associate professor of politics Marty Brownstein began teaching at Ithaca College in 1970 after receiving an undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College and two master’s degrees from Yale. A self-professed “political junkie,” he is known for passion for examining the issues, his commitment to his teaching, and his engagement with his students. No matter the subject, his classes were lively and student-centered.
Brownstein required all of his students to register to vote and to read the paper every day for class. Whether he was interacting with students or faculty, he encouraged debate and inspired an honest, thoughtful exchange of ideas. In addition, Brownstein served as faculty advisor for the Model United Nations team, guiding them from a club to a full-fledged team in 1983. He is very proud of the work he did with Model U.N. and considers it his major project at IC. Brownstein will retire to Portland, Oregon.