Wed, September 3, 2014

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  • Dr. Monogan Wins Award at APSA

    Congratulations to Professor Jamie Monogan. The State Politics and Policy Section of the American Political Science Association has given me, David Konisky (Georgetown University), and Neal Woods (University of South Carolina) the Best Paper Award for our paper, "Gone with the Wind: Federalism and the Strategic Placement of Air Polluters."

  • Christensen Addresses Attorneys

    Dr. Rob Christensen recently addressed the National Association of Appellate Court Attorneys at their annual conference.  His invited remarks, "Improving Judicial Performance through Effective Motivation & Leadership," focused on the power of daily management techniques to improve public service delivery in the administration of justice.  Other notable speakers on the program included Dean Eriwin Chemerinsky and Prof. Michael Saks.

  • 14th Seoul Case Study

    Students from the Department of Public Administration and Policy recently returned from their trip to Seoul as part as a special topics course. The week-long trip capped off a semester of learning about city management and urban governance. During the trip, students were given the opportunity to further understand  policy management and reforms undertaken by the Seoul Metropolitan Government. In addition to UGA, other participating schools included Rutgers University, Central Michigan University, and the University of Sheffield (UK).

  • SPIA Summer Reads

    School is out and summer vacation is upon us. As you pack for the beach, don’t forget to grab a book for those long hours in the sun. SPIA has created a list of books with glowing recommendations and riveting synopses that will entice you put down “Divergent” and grab a faculty favorite instead. From “To Kill a Mocking Bird” to “The Face of Battle”, this list contains all the reads you will need for a fantastic summer break! Take a look here.

Lecture News

Dr. David Mayhew to Give Annual Parthemos Lecture

Sep 2014 The Department of Political Science will host its annual Parthemos Lecturer on October 15th from 3:30-5:00 in the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, Room 271. This year's invited speaker is Dr. David Mayhew. Dr. David Mayhew is one of the world’s leading authorities on Congress and American party politics. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of his landmark book, Congress: The Electoral Connection, which is one of the most widely read and cited books in political science. His other award-winning books include Divided We Govern (2005) and Partisan Balance: Why Political Parties Don’t Kill the U.S. Constitution (2011). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical Society and the National Academy of Sciences. He has been a member of the board of overseers of the National Election Studies of the Center for Political Studies, and has served as a Guggenheim Fellow, a Hoover National Fellow, a Sherman Fairchild Fellow at the California Institute of Technology, and an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. He received the Samuel J. Eldersveld Career Achievement Award from the American Political Science Association in 2004. The Parthemos Lecture Fund was established to honor the contributions of George S. Parthemos to the University and to the State of Georgia. In particular, the fund seeks to commemorate his outstanding qualities as a teacher. Each year, the fund allows one of the world’s leading political scientists to visit the University of Georgia not only to deliver a public lecture but to teach an undergraduate class and meet informally with students and faculty. This series has allowed our faculty and students to learn from these distinguished scholars. To make a gift to the Parthemos Memorial Lecture Fund, please contact Donna Brazzell at 706-542-9661 or

Faculty News

Dr. Johnson’s Book Hits Washington Post Bestseller List

Aug 2014 Dr. Loch K. Johnson’s book “Intelligence: The Secret World of Spies: An Anthology” has hit The Washington Post’s bestseller list for nonfiction. In his book, Johnson and Wirtz present a diverse, comprehensive, and yet highly accessible set of readings from leading experts in the field. This edition includes: 24 new articles, a new epilogue, updated instruction, discussion questions, and comprehensive coverage of many hot topics.

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Up Close

  • Davis, Joe

    Undergraduate Adviser

    Herrington, Melody

    Enrolled Student Services Coordinator

    Madonna, Anthony

    Associate Professor

    Anthony J. Madonna is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Georgia. He received his PhD in political science from Washington University in St. Louis in 2008. His research interests include American political institutions and development, congressional...

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  • Valentine, Tommy

    Major: Generalist

    Tommy Valentine (MPA '15) is a management and strategy consultant with a background in political campaigning, event planning, and retail operations. He is the recipient of the 2013 Harold F. Holtz, Jr., Master of Public Administration Scholarship, the First-Year Liaison for Georgia Students for...

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    Carroll, Deborah A.

    Associate Professor

    Hutson, Amanda

    Major: Nonprofit Administration

  • Ying,  Yan

    Major: Public Administration

    Yan Ying, an enthusiastic and optimistic Chinese student who is interested in interpreting western experience to China. He is always on the road of pursuing truth and happiness....

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    Liu, Rongrong

    Research Associate

    Rongrong Liu has organized a series of nongovernmental exchange programs between the U.S. and China on nonproliferation and strategic trade control issues, and is leading an effort to create a U.S.-China New Relation Colloquium (NRC) at CITS. She works with international businesses to improve their...

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    Wright, Bradley



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Sep 10

Study Abroad Presentation

·        Introduction of Study Abroad Programs by faculty

·        Funding discussion –need based scholarships and crowdfunding

·        Student Presentations – Asia, China, Verona, Italy, and Stellenbosch, South Africa

·        Program questions answered and brochures available.

Refreshments afterwards in Candler Hall lobby

Sep 11

Dr. Berejikian Lecture

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

MLC Reading Room

When you ask students to describe their favorite video game they use terms like “addictive” and “awesome.” Rather than compete against digital distractions for student attention, building video games into the fabric of a classroom allows instructors to harness the fact that games are designed to provide immersive entertainment. To register:

Sep 12

Speaker: Lynn Vavreck

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Baldwin 302, 2:00-3:30pm

UGA's Political Science department hosts speaker: Lynn Vavreck.

Oct 1

Deadline for submitting applications for admission to candidacy for Dec 2014 graduation

5:00 pm

Final date for submitting applications for admission to candidacy to the Graduate School for doctoral candidates who plan to graduate in December 2014. If you were not admitted to candidacy prior to June 13, 2014, you must register for 10 hours Fall 2014.

Oct 10

Getzen Lecture: Betsy Fretwell

2:00 pm

UGA Chapel

Oct 15

Annual Parthemos Lecture, David Mayhew

Oct 16

Deadline for submitting requests for transfer of credit for Dec 2014 graduation

5:00 pm

Final date for submitting requests for transfer of credit, with accompanying transcripts, to the Graduate School for students graduating in December 2014.

Oct 24

Deadline for doctoral students to submit information for December 2014 Commencement program

5:00 pm

Final date for doctoral students to submit information for Commencement program for December 2014 graduation

Nov 10

Deadline for submitting thesis or dissertation for a format check for December 2012 graduation

5:00 pm

Final date for submitting one complete copy of a thesis or dissertation for a format check for December 2014 graduation.

Dec 1

Final date for the receipts by the Graduate School

5:00 pm

Final date for the receipts by the Graduate School