UGA Political Science Department

UGA Political Science Department A Facebook group for students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the Department of Political Science at The University of Georgia. The Department of Political Science offers B.A., M.A., and Ph.D.
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degrees with specializations in American politics, law and courts, and political theory. Known for the quality of their research, the faculty have published in all major political science journals and with leading university presses, have consistently ranked among the most productive in the nation, and have authored several widely used texts. Department faculty have won every major teaching award offered by the University and several Lilly Teaching Fellowships. The Department carefully prepares graduate students for full membership in the academic community. Research and mentoring are an integral part of the graduate program, leading to student participation in regional and national professional meetings, and scholarly publication. The Department hosts a variety of conferences and research presentations. A highlight each spring is the annual George S. Parthemos Lecture. Lecturers have included Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom, John Aldrich of Duke, Richard Brody of Stanford, Richard Fenno of Rochester, William Galston of Maryland, Russell Hardin of Stanford, Gary King of Harvard, Ian Shapiro of Yale, and Kenneth Shepsle of Harvard.

02/16/2021

A reminder to students and instructors that tomorrow, February 17th, is an Instructional Break day. There will be no classes held and no mandatory assignments should be scheduled for completion at this time. Enjoy your breather!

Find out all about one of our new professors, Dr. Joseph Ornstein, in this SPIA Q&A!
02/15/2021

Find out all about one of our new professors, Dr. Joseph Ornstein, in this SPIA Q&A!

In today's New Faculty Friday, we are featuring Dr. Ornstein! Joseph Ornstein earned his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2018. His research interests focus on statistical methodology, computational social science, and urban politics. Dr. Ornstein grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, and when he’s not working, he makes the most of his Disney+ subscription with his two young children.

https://spia.uga.edu/new-faculty-friday-qa-with-with-joseph-ornstein/

One of our favorite former undergrads went on to Vanderbilt for grad school and became a rising star in the field of Pol...
02/08/2021
Vanderbilt University Political Science on Twitter

One of our favorite former undergrads went on to Vanderbilt for grad school and became a rising star in the field of Political Science. We're so happy for Darrian Stacy (you may remember him as a guest speaker for Political Science in Fall 2020), who accepted an Assistant Professor of Political Science position with the Naval Academy! Best of luck, Darrian. We're so happy SPIA and UGA Political Science was part of your journey. Congratulations!

https://twitter.com/VandyPoliSci/status/1357788040157102086?s=20

“@VandyPoliSci congratulates doctoral candidate & @TheLawmakers graduate affiliate @DarrianStacy on accepting position as Assistant Prof. of Political Science @NavalAcademy beginning Fall 2021. Congratulations!!”

We're excited to welcome the SPIA Honor Society of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity to SPIA's family of student organiza...
02/04/2021

We're excited to welcome the SPIA Honor Society of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity to SPIA's family of student organizations. The organization was founded through the SPIA Ambassadors program, with a mission to acknowledge the adversity that historically underrepresented people face in SPIA at UGA, with a goal of upholding the values of diversity, advocacy, and mentorship. Dean Matthew Auer announced in his welcome email that the organization (which is open to both undergraduate and graduate students) plans to develop a speaker series, professional development workshops, and a mentorship program. The organization’s mission is to be an on-going vehicle for change so students and faculty can come together for a better student body.

Please visit their Linktree to find links to the SPIA HSDIE's social media platforms, so you can keep up with new opportunities and developments offered by the group.

https://linktr.ee/SPIADiversity

Our Dr. Christy Boyd and former UGA grad Dr. Ethan Boldt (NDSU) join with Dr. Michael Nelson (Penn State) to explain how...
02/02/2021
Analysis | Biden can’t instruct the new U.S. attorneys on how to prosecute the Capitol rioters. But they’ll listen to his signals.

Our Dr. Christy Boyd and former UGA grad Dr. Ethan Boldt (NDSU) join with Dr. Michael Nelson (Penn State) to explain how US attorneys will continue work on prosecuting rioters from the Capitol attack, without interference by President Biden--though they may listen to his signals. Find out how it all is likely to play out in this MonkeyCage piece at the Washington Post. The trio (along with Ian Ostrander, Michigan State) also have a book set to be released this month, The Politics of Federal Prosecution.

That's been true at least since the 1990s, our research finds.

Happy 20th Anniversary to our School of Public & International Affairs!
01/26/2021

Happy 20th Anniversary to our School of Public & International Affairs!

As we celebrate SPIA’s 20th anniversary, we invite you to join our “$20 for 20” campaign by establishing a recurring, monthly donation of $20 throughout 2021. Your commitment will provide ongoing, critical support to the programs, causes, and funds of your choice at SPIA—and help to lay the foundation for another transformative 20 years. Give now: https://t.uga.edu/6FF

Today, on Inauguration Day, we celebrate the peaceful transfer of power in the United States of America. We hope you fin...
01/20/2021

Today, on Inauguration Day, we celebrate the peaceful transfer of power in the United States of America. We hope you find time to celebrate as citizens of our enduring republic.

Dr. Bankert discusses how America is a democracy in danger, with divisions remaining in the country, following the assau...
01/19/2021
'É a continuação da maior caça às bruxas', diz Trump sobre impeachment

Dr. Bankert discusses how America is a democracy in danger, with divisions remaining in the country, following the assault on the Capitol. Brush off your Portuguese for this one!

https://www.correiobraziliense.com.br/mundo/2021/01/4899953-e-a-continuacao-da-maior-caca-as-bruxas-diz-trump-sobre-impeachment.html

Antes de embarcar para a fronteira com o México, Donald Trump afirma não querer a violência, denuncia caça às bruxas e adverte que o impeachment 'provoca tremenda raiva'. Câmara votará o afastamento hoje. Congressistas republicanos se alinham aos democratas

Recently, Brasil de Fato featured three of our professors in the same segment about the uncharted territory the U.S. fin...
01/19/2021
EUA entram em "território inexplorado" após invasão do Capitólio, diz especialista

Recently, Brasil de Fato featured three of our professors in the same segment about the uncharted territory the U.S. finds itself in, following the attack on the Capitol. Find out what Dr. Scott Ainsworth, Dr. Alex Kaufman and Dr. Alexa Bankert had to say about our latest political development.
https://www.brasildefato.com.br/2021/01/07/eua-entra-em-territorio-inexplorado-diz-cientista-politico-apos-invasao-de-capitolio

Na ressaca dos eventos violentos em Washington DC, estadunidenses vivem período sensível em sua democracia

Dr. Alexa Bankert's interview on South Korean television is now available for viewing. In it, she speaks about the recko...
01/12/2021
[Global Insight] Trump finally agrees to peaceful transition, but can Biden unite a divided America?

Dr. Alexa Bankert's interview on South Korean television is now available for viewing. In it, she speaks about the reckoning Americans now have before them, as we try to move on with our democracy, following last week's attack on the Capitol.

https://youtu.be/rVRzF1hwxaQ

- Trump finally agrees to peaceful transition, but can Biden unite a divided America?- 미국 워싱턴D.C. 시장, 대통령 취임식까지 15일간 비상사태 선포 #Global_Insight #COVID19 #societ...

The Georgia vote is settled now, but Dr. Alexa Bankert, one of our leading scholars in Political Behavior, has spent a g...
01/08/2021

The Georgia vote is settled now, but Dr. Alexa Bankert, one of our leading scholars in Political Behavior, has spent a great deal of time recently speaking to international media about the importance of the race (and you'll notice she isn't the only one). Our phone lines and inboxes have been deluged for several weeks with press inquiries from around the country and the world.

A recent Buzzfeed article featured Bankert's insight on anger as a motivator for voters (with bonus commentary from our own Dr. Trey Hood about the hazards of trying to predict Georgia voters' actions before an election):

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/carolineodonovan/early-voting-democrats-republicans-turnout-numbers

Dr. Bankert also explained the importance of our Senate race in Georgia to the Canadian Broadcasting Company (with bonus commentary from our Dr. Tony Madonna about tempering expectations from a pro-Biden Congress):

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/senate-runoffs-stakes-1.5859770

Bankert can be heard on the BBC, discussing the Georgia race and the use of fear as a valuable motivator in today's political landscape. You can listen here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w172x58v5xcd2dr

Brazil, South Korea and more have kept her busy with inquiries!

Given the events of the last week, we imagine our experts will remain busy educating the public, even as they prepare for classes to begin again on Wednesday.

It's election day for the Georgia runoffs! As you head to the polls, mask up and stay safe, friends!
01/05/2021

It's election day for the Georgia runoffs! As you head to the polls, mask up and stay safe, friends!

It's been a busy holiday season as Georgia barrels towards our runoff election on Tuesday, January 5th.  Our resident Ge...
01/04/2021

It's been a busy holiday season as Georgia barrels towards our runoff election on Tuesday, January 5th. Our resident Georgia politics expert, Dr. Charles Bullock, has done 100 media interviews in the last month, which should make for an exciting Google search. Everyone's eye turns to Georgia on election eve. Stay tuned!

Exams are over, professors are grading, temperatures are dropping. Looks like we've reached the end of Fall Semester 202...
12/18/2020

Exams are over, professors are grading, temperatures are dropping. Looks like we've reached the end of Fall Semester 2020! To all of our friends, students and colleagues, the Department of Political Science wishes you a happy and safe holiday season. See you in 2021!

Congratulations to Tate Mitchell! 👏
12/15/2020

Congratulations to Tate Mitchell! 👏

Good luck to all our students. Exams and papers are all that stand between you and a long winter's nap! You can do this!
12/11/2020

Good luck to all our students. Exams and papers are all that stand between you and a long winter's nap! You can do this!

Dr. Alexa Bankert's research on the impact of sexism on liberal and conservative women's political behavior continues to...
11/30/2020
Conservative women often don't perceive sexism as a social problem. Here's why

Dr. Alexa Bankert's research on the impact of sexism on liberal and conservative women's political behavior continues to be picked up by mainstream media publications. The latest article citing her research is featured in Salon.

https://www.salon.com/2020/11/28/conservative-women-often-dont-perceive-sexism-as-a-social-problem-heres-why/

A study finds liberal women became more politicized after experiencing discrimination, while conservatives did not

To our students, alumni, friends and colleagues, may your Thanksgiving be a happy and safe one.  Enjoy the break, everyo...
11/24/2020

To our students, alumni, friends and colleagues, may your Thanksgiving be a happy and safe one. Enjoy the break, everyone.

Tomorrow, we welcome our third speaker in our Emerging Issues in Political Science series,  Professor Ali Valenzuela. Dr...
11/17/2020

Tomorrow, we welcome our third speaker in our Emerging Issues in Political Science series, Professor Ali Valenzuela. Dr. Valenzuela is an assistant professor at Princeton University who focuses on Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. He is currently affiliated with the Program in Latino Studies, the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics. He is also the co-founder of the Politics Research in Experimental Social Sciences at Princeton. Dr. Valenzuela's work has been published in the American Political Science Review, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Psychology, and other peer-reviewed outlets.

His talk, "Identity in Context: How Competitive Elections Unify and Politicize Latinos in America" will be held via Zoom and will begin at 2:00 PM. For a link to the talk, please email Dr. Carlos at [email protected].

In this recent piece on USAPP, our Dr. Jamie Carson and Auburn's Dr. Ryan Williamson (UGA PhD, '17) explain why Democrat...
11/12/2020
Why did Democrats lose seats in the 2020 elections? More incumbents ran in more competitive districts.

In this recent piece on USAPP, our Dr. Jamie Carson and Auburn's Dr. Ryan Williamson (UGA PhD, '17) explain why Democrats lost seats in the 2020 election.

https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/2020/11/12/why-did-democrats-lose-seats-in-the-2020-elections-more-incumbents-ran-in-more-competitive-districts/

Despite expectations that they would ride Joe Biden’s successful presidential election coattails to an increased majority in the US House of Representatives, the Democrats are likely to find themse…

Dr. Teena Wilhelm was recently featured on WUGA, in a story about court packing. Dr. Wilhelm explains the traditional no...
11/11/2020
Athens News Matters: Court Packing

Dr. Teena Wilhelm was recently featured on WUGA, in a story about court packing. Dr. Wilhelm explains the traditional notion of the Court rising above politics, and the mandate it would take to make a politically divisive move to go against that notion.

The approval of Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court jump-started an argument about the size of the Court. But what is court-packing, what would it

Our Dr. Scott Ainsworth recently spoke to NPR's Marketplace about the upcoming runoffs in Georgia, when attention and in...
11/09/2020
Runoff in Georgia Senate races would mean big spending

Our Dr. Scott Ainsworth recently spoke to NPR's Marketplace about the upcoming runoffs in Georgia, when attention and intense campaign spending moves to our state.

Candidates are likely to use money to double-down on TV and online advertising.

11/05/2020

We're waiting, just like everyone else. 👀

Happy Election Day! A reminder to all of our students, alumni and friends, to get out there and vote!
11/03/2020

Happy Election Day! A reminder to all of our students, alumni and friends, to get out there and vote!

Attention! It's Fall Break, everyone! Get outta here and have a great Halloween weekend!
10/30/2020

Attention! It's Fall Break, everyone! Get outta here and have a great Halloween weekend!

These tropical force winds can blow in all kinds of trouble! As we start into Fall Break and Halloween weekend, we hope ...
10/29/2020

These tropical force winds can blow in all kinds of trouble! As we start into Fall Break and Halloween weekend, we hope all our students stay safe and have fun!

Dr. Haynes and Dr. Watson recently joined political party leaders on campus, to discuss this year's election. See what t...
10/28/2020
UGA Experts: Both Sides Are Dug in, and Turnout Will Decide Who's President | Flagpole

Dr. Haynes and Dr. Watson recently joined political party leaders on campus, to discuss this year's election. See what the experts and up-and-coming leaders see as current and future trends, in this Flagpole piece.

Long lines of voters have been waiting to vote early at polling places across Georgia. Given the competitive nature of this year’s election, high voter turnout is expected. But this may be one of the most inelastic elections in U.S. history, with little either President Donald Trump or former Vice...

Our Survey Research Center continues to offer the latest read on voters, as we enter the last full week of campaigning. ...
10/26/2020
AJC poll shows deadlocked races for president, Senate seats in Georgia

Our Survey Research Center continues to offer the latest read on voters, as we enter the last full week of campaigning. Georgia remains a state to watch! “It’s a real barnburner,” said Trey Hood, a UGA political scientist who oversaw the poll. “If Democrats can get up to 30% of the white vote, and if Black voters comprise at least 30% of overall turnout, there’s a real chance of statewide Democratic wins.”

The race for president in Georgia is deadlocked in the final week of the campaign, with President Donald Trump and Joe Biden in a statistical tie in a state that hasn’t voted Democratic for president since 1992.

Tomorrow marks our second speaker in our Emerging Scholars in Political Science series, where we'll welcome home Politic...
10/22/2020

Tomorrow marks our second speaker in our Emerging Scholars in Political Science series, where we'll welcome home Political Science alum, Darrian Stacy (Double BA, 2016). Darrian is currently a PhD candidate at Vanderbilt University, and will be presenting a talk titled, “Wealth and Policymaking in the U.S. House of Representatives”. The talk will be held via Zoom and will begin at 3:30 PM. For a link to the talk, please email Dr. Lynch at [email protected].

Welcome home, Darrian!

Spread the word, alumni!
10/19/2020
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Spread the word, alumni!

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science and International Affairs is administered jointly by the Departments of Political Science and International Affairs and is designed for students who wish to study politics

In this recent New York Times piece, Dr. Trey Hood explains the 30-30 rule, and how it comes into play as Georgia reache...
10/19/2020
Georgia at a Tipping Point

In this recent New York Times piece, Dr. Trey Hood explains the 30-30 rule, and how it comes into play as Georgia reaches a tipping point in its presidential and senate races.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/16/us/politics/georgia-polls-trump-biden.html?referringSource=articleShare

After several near misses, Democrats can taste victory in Georgia — and Republicans fear President Trump’s lackluster numbers may drag down the party’s Senate candidates with him.

Students, don't miss out on the opportunity to meet with one of UGA Alumni Association's 40 Under 40 and SPIA POLS alum,...
10/14/2020

Students, don't miss out on the opportunity to meet with one of UGA Alumni Association's 40 Under 40 and SPIA POLS alum, ABC news producer Eric Jones! Find out about his previous internship experiences and the importance of fostering relationships in this unique event, held tomorrow from 5-6 p.m. Welcome home, Eric!

Students! Want an opportunity to meet with ABC News Producer and SPIA alumnus Eric Jones? Next Thursday, October 15th from 5-6pm is your chance! Register here: https://gail.uga.edu/.../dialogue-with-a-dawg-eric-jones-jr

Jones is UGA Alumni Association 2020 40 under 40 honoree. He received his AB in Political Science from the School of Public & International Affairs and his ABJ in Digital and Broadcast Journalism from Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication in 2012. Before securing his current positions, Eric interned for the First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama in the Office of First Lady Correspondence and interned for GMA under the umbrella of the 2011 International Radio and Television Society (IRTS) Summer Fellowship.

Eric will talk about the importance of fostering relationships and how his personal relationships led to his career at this virtual TEDx style event that includes a Q&A.

Don't forget about our 2020 Election Round Table Discussion, coming up this Friday at 10 a.m.  Registration is required,...
10/14/2020

Don't forget about our 2020 Election Round Table Discussion, coming up this Friday at 10 a.m. Registration is required, so click the link below if you plan to attend.

Join us on Friday, October 16th at 10am for a 2020 Election Round Table Discussion. Registration is required, and spots are limited. Register now at the link below!

https://dar.uga.edu/apps/htmlemails/viewinbrowser/18060

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I have to post this. Hunter is OURS! And he is an amazing student. And he loves his political science professors!!