Sun, March 1, 2015

POLISCI In 60 Seconds

  • 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

Does Wall Street Like Gridlock? It Depends on the Grid

Dec 2014 Professor Keith T. Poole was quoted in a recent New York Times article discussing Wall Street and political gridlock. Rising political polarization in Congress correlates closely with rising income inequality in America, Poole said. “We’re now approaching levels of inequality we haven’t seen since the Gilded Age,” he said. This has been accompanied by disproportionately high earnings on Wall Street, he observed. With a highly polarized, Republican-dominated Congress likely to be bickering with a Democratic president in his last two years in office, he said, major tax and regulatory legislation to restore a more equitable balance is unlikely. “Wall Street is getting very rich,” he said. “And with gridlock, that trend is likely to continue. It’s no wonder that Wall Street likes gridlock.”

In the news

Professor and Undergraduate Student Publish Washington Post Article

Nov 2014 Professor Michael Lynch and undergraduate student Rachel Surminsky co-authored the article “When Congress sues the president, it’s likely to fail” in the Washington Post blog, The Monkey Cage. The article outlines four challenges that Congress face when pursing legal action to executive decisions. In particular, Lynch and Surminsky’s article is aimed at Speaker Boehner’s third attempt to hire a lawyer to sue President Obama’s decisions to delay the enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate requiring all large businesses to provide employee insurance starting in 2014. The bottom-line: “don’t expect Turley and Boehner’s lawsuit to succeed anytime soon.”

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Up Close

  • Sievert, Joel

    Major: Political Science

    Fern, Rebecca

    Administrative Assistant

    Becky joined the Department of Political Science in 2014. She is responsible for assisting in directing and managing of the department's accounting services. Becky was born and raised in Athens, and she is a proud UGA graduate and UGA mom....

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    Levin, Ines

    Assistant Professor

    Ines Levin received a bachelor's degree in Economics from the Universidad ORT Uruguay (2004), and MS (2008) and PhD (2012) degrees in Social Science from the California Institute of Technology. During the 2011-12 academic year, she was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute....

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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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    Grafstein, Robert

    Associate Dean, SPIA

    Robert Grafstein is Associate Dean and Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Political Science....

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    Bakker, Ryan

    Associate Professor

Events

POLISCI Calendar
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Mar 2

Deadline for submitting requests for transfer of credit for May 2015 graduation

5:00 pm

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Mar 3

Susette M. Talarico Lecture

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Mar 6

Speaker: Ralph Ketcham “James Madison’s Public-spirited First Amendment”

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Baldwin Hall, Room 302

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Mar 20

Speaker: Timothy Meyer

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Mar 27

Speaker: Ken Kollman “A Comprehensive Theory of the Dynamics of Partisanship”

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Baldwin Hall, Room 302

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Apr 6

Deadline for submitting thesis or dissertation for a format check for May 2015 graduation

5:00 pm

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Apr 10

Speaker: Tom Clark

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Baldwin Hall, Room 302

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Apr 10

SPIA Networking Night

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Apr 27

Final date for the receipt by the Graduate School

5:00 pm

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May 8

Spring 2015 Graduate Commencement