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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    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