Wed, May 4, 2016

POLISCI In 60 Seconds

  • Putnam Navigates Delegate Rules

    Josh Putnam, a lecturer in the political science department, has been all over the news lately. His most recent interview aired on February 6, 2016 on PBS Newshour. His blog, Frontloading HQ, is featured in the story as he uses the platform to help decipher the often-complicated delegate rules that vary from state to state.  For more information about the blog, click here. To watch the full interview, click here.

Faculty News

Dr. Maltese in the Cook Political Report

Feb 2016 In the wake of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, President Barack Obama announced his intention to fulfill his constitutional responsibility to nominate a successor to Scalia. Obama did so despite calls by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republican leaders for him to withhold a nomination and leave the choice to his successor.

Republican presidential nominees Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio joined the call for the president to forego nominating a successor to Scalia, although Cruz dodged a question at Saturday’s debate about whether he would likewise pledge to withhold Supreme Court nominations late in his own term if elected president. Cruz also erroneously claimed that there is “80 years of precedent of not confirming Supreme Court justices in an election year.” In fact, the Democrat-controlled opposition Senate resoundingly confirmed Ronald Reagan’s nomination of Anthony Kennedy in 1988 by a vote of 97-0.

Faculty News

Dr. Bullock Discusses New Book at the Georgia State Capitol

Feb 2016 On January 27, Dr. Bullock spent the morning at the Capitol hosting a discussion and book signing of his new book, The Three Governor’s Controversy: Skullduggery, Machinations, and the Decline of Georgia's Progressive Politics. Governor Deal, President Morehead, Attorney General Olens, and numerous legislators, alumni, and friends were in attendance. "It was great to have Dr. Bullock come to the capitol to speak about his new book. It speaks volumes about Dr. Bullock as well as SPIA and its faculty that legislators and the Governor made the time to see him,” said Caulder Harvill-Childs, SPIA graduate. “As always, it was great to reconnect with my favorite professor and my fellow SPIA alums. I wouldn’t be where I am today without SPIA, and I’m excited about future opportunities for alumni!” The discussion detailed how the death of Georgia governor-elect Eugene Talmadge in late 1946 launched a constitutional crisis that ranks as one of the most unusual political events in U.S. history: the state had three active governors at once, each claiming that he was the true elected official.

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  • Barrow

    Resident Lecturer

    John Barrow is the first Scholar in Residence at the Political Science Department. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia and his law degree at the Harvard Law School. After serving 14 years in local government, Barrow served 10 years in the U. S. House of...

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    Boyd, Christina L.

    Assistant Professor

    Christina L. Boyd is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. Her current research focuses on the quantitative examination of judges and litigants in federal courts. ...

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    Cobran, Krystle

    Visiting Lecturer

    Ms. Cobran studies the Supreme Court’s race jurisprudence within the context of primary, secondary, and higher education. Her scholarship includes development of the benevolence-justice construct; an alternative theory of analysis for Justice Clarence Thomas’ writing in Grutter v. Bollinger....

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  • Damon Garner

    IT Specialist

    Ainsworth, Scott H.

    Professor

    Meyer, Chase

    Major: American Politics (minor in Comparative Politics)

    I am a Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia studying American and Comparative Politics. I am a graduate of both the University of Texas at Austin and American University who has previously worked on Capitol Hill and as a research assistant at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government....

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Events

POLISCI Calendar
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May 13

UGA Graduate Commencement

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May 13

SPIA Undergraduate Convocation

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May 13

UGA Undergraduate Commencement

7:00 pm

Sanford Stadium

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Sep 16

Constitution Day

Sponsor: SPIA, Law School, and The American Founding Group

2:00 pm

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Oct 7

Jon Elster, Columbia University, “The Political Psychology of Constitution Making”

3:30 pm

TBA

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Mar 24

Margaret Williams Research Talk

3:30 pm

TBA