The Department of Political Science offers AB, MA and PhD 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.

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Director of SPIA Research Center Comments on Race for GA’s 6th District
Director of SPIA Research Center Comments on Race for GA’s 6th District

Clint Owens | News Editor, Red and Black Georgia’s 6th district special congressional election between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel has attracted nationwide attention in recent weeks. It’s

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Scholars honor UGA’s Keith Poole, who tracked the rise of political polarization
Scholars honor UGA’s Keith Poole, who tracked the rise of political polarization

Some of the country’s top political scientists gathered at the University of Georgia’s Center for Continuing Education last week to honor UGA political science professor Keith Poole on his 70th

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Local Nonprofit Fuels Pre-Finals Coffee Break
Local Nonprofit Fuels Pre-Finals Coffee Break

On Reading Day, SPIA hosted its second annual “Pups and Perks” event. For the students, staff and faculty at SPIA, the day before finals is a hectic time. What better

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Upcoming Events

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UGA Chapel
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2017 Networking Night

On April 21, 2017, the third annual SPIA Networking Night was hosted at the Holiday Inn in Athens, GA. There were over 250 alumni, faculty, students, and organizations in attendance.

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Visiting Practitioners Symposium

On April 21, 2017, leading experts from across the nation to participated in a series of panel discussions on the latest trends, challenges and opportunities facing the practice of politics.

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Political Science 75th Anniversary Celebration

On Saturday, April 22, the Political Science 75th Anniversary Celebration was held at the Athens Country Club. The dinner program showcased Political Science Alumni Through the Ages. Panelists included: Ms.

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2017 Georgia Legislative Outlook

The 2017 Georgia Legislative Outlook event, hosted at Troutman Sanders LLP on January 31, 2017, featured a discussion between Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives David Ralston and Dr.

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SPIA DC Reception & Program

On November 16, 2016, the School of Public and International Affairs hosted its annual reception and program for alumni and friends in Washington DC. The event’s program featured a post-election

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Constitution Day 2016

On September 16, 2016, the American Founding Group, the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), and the UGA Law School hosted a celebration of Constitution Day. The centerpiece of these

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Political Science 75th Anniversary Kickoff Reception

On September 14, 2016, the Department of Political Science kicked off its 75th anniversary year with a reception at Nelson Mullins law firm in Atlantic Station overlooking the Atlanta skyline.

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2016 Georgia Legislative Outlook

The 2016 Georgia Legislative Outlook event, hosted at Troutman Sanders LLP on March 17, 2016, featured a discussion between Lieutenant Governor of Georgia Casey Cagle and Dr. Charles S. Bullock III.

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2016 Separation Powers Conference

The Department of Political Science held a Separation of Powers Conference at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education February 19-20, 2016. This conference brought together prominent and emerging scholars from the

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George S. Parthemos Lecture 2014

The annual George S. Parthemos Lecture took place on October 15, 2014 in the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries. Dr. David Mayhew, the Sterling Professor of Political Science at

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PolMeth XXXI

The University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs held the 31st Annual Meeting of the Society for Political Methodology on July 24-26 at the Georgia Center for Continuing

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This is our spring at UGA

Spring arrives early here at UGA. We start wear sandals in January, shorts and t-shirts in February and you can catch us walking barefoot through the grass on North Campus

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It’s pretty quiet here… except on Saturdays

Some would say that fall is the best time of year at UGA. And they’d be 30% right. Spring and summer are great, too. Maybe it’s the smell of coffee

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Maymester China

Maymester China provides an opportunity for students to learn first-hand about a society very different from our own, but in many ways very familiar. 2016 participants, an information session will

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2013 Georgia Legislative Outlook

The inaugural Georgia Legislative Outlook event in 2013 featured a discussion between Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives David Ralston and President Pro Tempore of the Georgia State Senate David

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