The Department of Political Science was founded in 1941 as part of UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and transferred to the new School of Public and International Affairs in 2001. As it enters its 75th anniversary, the department claims an award-winning faculty and an extensive alumni network through Georgia and the nation.

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.

With offices in Baldwin Hall, the Political Science Department includes 22 faculty members, 650 undergraduate students, and 32 graduate students.


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Got questions? Send us an email and we’ll get back to you with answers as soon as possible! You can also contact us at 706-542-2057. For academic advisement questions, please call 706-542-1633.

Contact information for the Department of Political Science is listed below. For contact information relating to the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) including the Dean’s office, development, alumni relations, public relations and media inquiries and IT support, please visit SPIA’s contact page.


Department of Political Science
School of Public and International Affairs
The University of Georgia
104 Baldwin Hall
Athens, GA 30602

Physical Address:
355 South Jackson Street
Athens, GA 30602

Main Office: 706-542-2057
Graduate Advisor: 706-542-2948

Fax: 706-542-4421


John Anthony Maltese

Albert Berry Saye Professor and Department Head
Baldwin Hall 101G and 102C
706- 542-4147

Rebecca Fern
Administrative Assistant
104 Baldwin Hall
Wendi Finch
Administrative Assistant II
104 Baldwin Hall

Heather Roberts
Administrative Specialist I /Office Manager
102 Baldwin Hall


Michael Lynch
Graduate Coordinator
Baldwin Hall 409
Office: 706-583-2057

Emily Smith
Graduate Program Academic Advisor III
Candler Hall 312
Office: 706-542-2057

Paul Welch
Director of Undergraduate Student Services
103 Candler Hall
Phone: 706-542-0096
Fax: 706-583-0095

Kate Templeton
Career Consultant
Phone: 706-542-3375
Clark Howell Hall