Bradley Stewart Chilton


Director
Public Administration, University of Texas at El Paso

1988
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science

Education
  • PhD, The University of Georgia 1988 Political Science
  • MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison 1982 Political Science
  • JD, University of Toledo College of Law 1980
  • BA, Milton College 1977
Pre-Occupation (Hobbies)
  • Music: play guitar, drums, electric bass, jazz banjo, mandolin, violin, trombone, piano.
  • Religion: a lay leader with St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, El Paso, TX.
Most Memorable SPIA Class Moment?

Professor Lauth asked me into his office to sternly tell me that my classmates had complained that I was spending much time at the library reading all the long bibliography materials in his seminar syllabus, and it wasn’t fair. Then he broke into a smile and said, “I told them to do likewise!”

My Top Three Career Tips
  1. Find the inspiration behind the massive knowledge-base your professors share with you. And if at first you don’t see that inspiration, ask them about it. This makes it alive for everyone.
  2. Support your colleagues and fellow-students. It’s tough all over, but it’s good practice for the-rest-of-your-life to start uplifting your colleagues even when things seem too tough to bear, over your head, and generally mind-numbing. Tragedies and tough times will always be with us, but good friends and peers are precious through it all.
  3. Manage your time so that you really study when you study – then have a life. Athens is a great town to meet other grad-students, faculty, staff and interesting people who will expand your world.
Volunteer Activities / Service on Boards
  • Border Interfaith, El Paso: Board Member with variety of Christians, Jews & Muslims working together on border & immigration issues. I also volunteer with numerous other religion-based nonprofits in El Paso dealing mostly with food & shelter for immigrants and migrants, legal advocacy for illegal immigrants in federal district courts, water-sewer provisions, school building, etc.
  • St. Mark’s UMC: perform in 2 current music groups – a jazz big-band as guitar, a praise band at church.
Favorite Athens Haunt & Getaway

The original 40-watt club, where I once learned the guitar parts for the entire second side of the Beatles’ Abbey Road album from some old southern rockers. And then we all went to the midnight jam session at the R.E.M. barn.
To Jekyll Island a couple times, to interview key decision-makers in the decade-long Georgia State Prison-Reidsville reform litigation – with a small dissertation research grant award. How we suffer for our field research!

A Quotable Quote About My Spia Experience

I really didn’t think public administration could be inspiring – until I came to UGA. Then I was inspired by Susette Talarico, Tom Lauth, Del Dunn, and others to do more than I ever thought was possible.