Mon, December 22, 2014

POLISCI In 60 Seconds

  • Boyd Featured Faculty 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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  • Ainsworth, Scott H.

    Professor

    Haynes, Audrey A.

    Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor

    Vining, Richard

    Associate Professor

    Richard L. Vining, Jr., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Georgia. Dr. Vining joined the faculty at the University of Georgia in 2007 after completing his graduate studies at Emory University....

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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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    Finch, Wendi

    Administrative Assistant II

    Wendi has been with the department since 2007. She is responsible for general departmental information, handling incoming calls, updating the department’s Facebook page, copies, faxes, bulletin boards, incoming and outgoing mail, course evaluations and departmental filing. Wendi is also the...

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    Kaufman, Alexander H.

    Associate Professor

    Alexander Kaufman is Associate Professor of political science at the University of Georgia. He has taught political theory at the University of Georgia since 2000. His research explores the relation of central values of the democratic political tradition to issues and controversies in contemporary...

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