Tue, October 6, 2015

POLISCI In 60 Seconds

  • Ryan D. Williamson recently received a congressional research grant from The Dirksen Center in the amount of $3000 for his dissertation project, "Examining the Disparate Preferences of Party Leaders and Their Base: Evidence from Primary Elections.”  The Dirksen Center’s mission is to help people better understand the U.S. Congress, its people, its processes, and the public policies it produces.  They have a yearly competition for small research grants (up to $3500) to fund research by graduate students and faculty who study Congress and congressional leadership. Dirksen Center and this year’s grant recipients, please check out their website.

  • Charles S. Bullock III, the Richard B. Russell Professor of Political Science in the School of Public and International Affairs, has been named University Professor, an honor bestowed on faculty who have had a significant impact on UGA beyond normal academic responsibilities.

    Bullock, who is also a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Professor, joined the UGA faculty in 1968. During his more than four decades at the university, he has established himself as the state's pre-eminent scholar on Southern politics.

  • Fulfilling Peace Corps Dreams

    For SPIA student Christopher Mixon, joining the Peace Corps was an easy decision.  A senior from Columbus, Georgia, Mixon vividly remembers the first time he met a member of the Peace Corps.  “In sophomore year of high school, a recruiter from the Peace Corps came to our Current Issues Class,” Mixon said. “He told riveting stories of his time on site and dramatically drew a sword towards the end of his lecture. I don’t think he was allowed to bring that into a school, so it was unquestionably a memorable first encounter.” The Peace Corps has been a leader in international development and citizen diplomacy for more than 50 years across more than 139 countries. In an increasingly interdependent world, the Peace Corps tackles challenges that know no borders, such as climate change, pandemic disease, food security, and gender equality and empowerment.

  • Dr. Boyd Featured in Columns

    For Christina "Christy" Boyd, interdisciplinary research is the key to success. With a Juris Doctor and bachelor's and master's degrees and a doctorate in political science, Boyd herself creates this foundation. "One of the things that I am increasingly excited about here at the University of Georgia is developing this interdisciplinary relationship between people at the school who are studying law and courts and related topics," Boyd said. "It turns out that there are a lot of people in different departments and schools who are studying similar topics. There are far more things that we have in common than things we do not," she also said. "Developing that community and being a part of that community is something that I'm looking forward to." For the full story, read here

  • Two students in the Political Science Ph.D. program--Chris Hare and Sarah Fisher--have recently accepted faculty positions at first-rate academic institutions. Both of these students will graduate with their Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Georgia in May 2015 and will start their new faculty jobs in the fall of 2015. Both have accepted an assistant professorship, which is most advantageous because they will have the opportunity to earn tenure after several years at their new institutions.

    Chris Hare has accepted a position as an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Davis. In 2013, US News and World Report ranked UC-Davis as having the #23 graduate program in Political Science nationwide. In the specialty of Political Methodology, for which Chris has been hired, the department is ranked #15. Chris's teaching and research focuses on ideology and voting behavior in the mass electorate, with a particular emphasis on polarization in the electorate. His research has led him to develop innovative new measurement techniques, and at UC-Davis he intends to teach a graduate-level class on measurement theory. He has already published three peer-reviewed articles in academic journals and a book. For more information about Chris Hare's work, see: http://www.christopherdhare.com.

    Sarah Fisher has accepted a position as an assistant professor in the Department of Politics, Law, and International Relations at Emory & Henry College. Emory & Henry is consistently regarded as one of the nation's top liberal arts colleges. In 2014, Washington Monthly rated Emory & Lee as the #37 liberal arts college in the nation. In 2010, Newsweek rated Emory & Henry #4 in providing service learning and community service among all colleges and universities in the nation. Sarah's teaching and research focuses on foreign policy and decision making, and her dissertation focuses on the factors that shape policy makers' decision of whether or not to intervene in other nations' internal conflicts. Sarah's teaching experience includes a course about global security policy, which she intends to offer to the students at Emory & Henry College as well. She has already published four peer-reviewed articles in academic journals. For more information about Sarah Fisher's work, see: http://fishersk.com/.

In the News

Former U.S. Rep John Barrow to be Scholar in Residence at SPIA

Jul 2015 Beginning in fall semester, former U.S. Rep. John Barrow will become a Scholar in Residence at the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs. Barrow is an Athens resident with strong ties to UGA and to the Athens community. After receiving his degree in political science from UGA in 1976, Barrow went on to earn his law degree from Harvard Law School. In 2004, he was elected to Georgia’s 12th District in the U.S. House of Representatives where he represented portions of eastern Georgia until 2015. Previously, Barrow served for 14 years on the Athens-Clarke County Commission as the commissioner for the district that included UGA. Barrow will be teaching one class in the fall and two classes in the spring semester. The classes will focus primarily on factors that lead to political polarization in government today. Students will explore the impact of partisan gerrymandering, party caucuses, party leaders and legislative policy on party and ideological polarization.

Student News

Justwan Joins University of Idaho Faculty

Jun 2015 The 2014-2015 academic year was a great year for job placements by Georgia's Political Science and International Affairs Ph.D. graduates. Most recently, Florian Justwan has accepted a faculty position at the University of Idaho, starting this fall. All total, five of our Ph.D. students accepted tenure-track positions, meaning that they will have the opportunity to earn tenure after several years at their new institutions. In addition to Florian's new position, Chris Hare is joining the University of California at Davis, Sarah Fisher is joining Emory and Henry College, Melanie Kolbe will be joining the Graduate School of International and Development Study in Switzerland, and Mark Owens is joining the University of Texas at Tyler. Florian Justwan will be an assistant professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Idaho. The University of Idaho is consistently recognized as one of the best public colleges by The Princeton Review, and rated as a good value for academic strength and affordability by Kiplinger's and Newsweek. The University of Idaho is also home to the McClure Center for Public Policy Research. Florian's teaching and research focuses on the effects of generalized social trust on international and domestic politics. At Idaho, he plans to continue to teach courses that introduce the fields of International Relations and Comparative Politics, as well as a course on the Politics of Development. He has already published three peer-reviewed articles in academic journals and a trade book about U.S. foreign policy with Cuba. For more information about Florian Justwan's work, see: http://florianjustwan.com/

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  • Kreis, Anthony Michael

    Major: Law & Courts, Public Administration & Management

    Anthony Michael Kreis is a Ph.D Candidate in the Departments of Political Science and Public Administration & Policy. His major fields are law and courts and public administration and management....

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    Roberts, Heather

    Administrative Specialist I

    Heather has worked for the department since 2004. Her duties include course scheduling, classroom location, webmaster for the departmental website, Program Coordinator for the Maymester China Program, Sectioning Officer, and overall management of the Political Science office. Heather is a native of...

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    Monogan, Jamie

    Assistant Professor

    Jamie Monogan is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Georgia. After completing his B.A. in Political Science at the University of South Carolina in 2003, he attended the University of North Carolina where he earned his M.A. in 2005 and Ph.D. in 2010. He...

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  • Bramlett, Brittany

    Honors Teaching Fellow

    Brittany Bramlett received her doctorate in the spring of 2012 from the University of Maryland, College Park. She taught as an Assistant Professor at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania for 2 years before coming to the University of Georgia. ...

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    Bakker, Ryan

    Associate Professor

    Villarreal, Jason E.

    My name is Jason E. Villarreal and I am currently a doctoral candidate of political theory in the Department of Political Science. My area of research combines the study of citizenship theory with the political thought of Booker T. Washington....

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POLISCI Calendar
Oct 28


3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Candler Hall

Nov 13

MPA Information Session

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Candler Hall, Room 115

Dec 18

Fall 2015 Undergraduate Commencement

Dec 18

Fall 2015 Graduate Commencement

Apr 29

SPIA Networking Night