John Anthony Maltese

Department of Political Science
Albert Berry Saye Professor
Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor
Interim Associate Dean, SPIA

Curriculum Vitae

Department of Political Science

John Anthony Maltese is the Albert Berry Saye Professor of American Government and Constitutional Law and a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor. He is currently Head of the Department of Political Science.

  • Education
    • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University 1989, Political Science
    • M.A., Johns Hopkins University 1986, Political Science
    • B.S., Duke University 1982, Political Science
  • More About

    Maltese’s books include The Selling of Supreme Court Nominees (winner of the “C. Herman Pritchett Award” from the Law & Courts Section of the American Political Science Association), Spin Control: The White House Office of Communications and the Management of Presidential News, The Politics of the Presidency (co-authored with Joseph A. Pika) which is currently in its 8th edition, and Government Matters: American Democracy in Context (co-authored with Joseph A. Pika and W. Philips Shively). He is a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor (the University of Georgia’s highest teaching honor) and was named the 2004 Georgia Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). He has served as a Senior Teaching Fellow and is a member of the UGA Teaching Academy. He is the founding director of the SPIA at Oxford Study Abroad Program and was named the OIE Study Abroad Director of the Year in 2003. He has written editorials for the Washington Post andAtlanta Journal-Constitution and has been widely quoted and cited in the national and international media, from CNN.com and the Wall Street Journal to the New Yorker and La Stampa. He has been interviewed on C-SPAN, Fox News, and National Public Radio, and was an on-screen commentator for the French documentary film, Le storytelling ou l’art de raconter les histoires, which traces how narrative techniques have changed political communication. In 2007, he directed a 3-day conference at the University of Georgia on the presidency of Jimmy Carter that aired live on C-SPAN and won the CASE District III Award for Institutional Events.

    In his spare time, Maltese writes about classical music and, with his father, is the official biographer of the violinist Jascha Heifetz. Both he and his father won a Grammy Award in 1996 from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for liner notes that they co-authored for the 65-CD BMG Classics set, The Heifetz Collection, and they have also co-authored liner notes for Deutsche Grammophon and Sony, and co-produced a CD set, The Dawn of Recording, comprised of homemade cylinder recordings from the 1890s that they discovered in Russia (including the voices of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky and performances by leading 19th-century musicians who made no other known recordings). The set was named the “Recording of the Month” by CD Review in March 2009 and garnered major stories in such outlets as the New York Times and NPR’s “All Things Considered.”  Maltese is an on-screen commentator in the documentary film God’s Fiddler, directed by the Emmy Award-winning Peter Rosen, which received its regional premiere at UGA’s Hodgson Hall in 2011 as part of a “Heifetz Celebration” that Maltese organized with the support of the President’s Venture Fund and other units on campus. Material from his extensive collection of musical autographs and manuscripts formed the basis of an exhibit at the UGA Museum of Art in 2006 and at the Hollywood Bowl Museum in 2001.

  • Areas of Expertise
    • Supreme Court appointment process
    • Federal judicial selection
    • Presidential-press relations
    • U.S. presidency
    • Constitutional law
  • Honors, Awards, and Achievements

    Maltese received the “C. Herman Pritchett Award” from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association for his book The Selling of Supreme Court Nominees. He also received a second place Frank Luther Mott Award for Best Research on the Media for his book Spin Control: The White House Office of Communications and the Management of Presidential News.

    His awards for teaching include being named the Georgia Professor of the Year in 2004 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). He is also a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor (the University of Georgia’s highest teaching honor). He was named a Lothar A. Tresp Outstanding Honors Professor in 2008 and has been recognized by the University of Georgia’s Student Government Association for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Student Life. He served as a Lily Senior Teaching Fellow and is a member of the University of Georgia Teaching Academy. He was named the Study Abroad Director of the Year in 2003 by the University of Georgia’s Office of International Education.

    In the field of music, Maltese won a Grammy Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for liner notes he co-authored with his father for the 65-CD BMG Classics set, The Heifetz Collection.

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  • Research Interests

    Maltese’s current research focuses on the jurisprudence of Supreme Court Justice David Souter. He also continues to study the federal judicial appointment process. Much of his work has focused on the development of institutional structures and the effect that those structures have had on processes like presidential-press relations and judicial appointments.

  • Selected Publications
    • Maltese, John Anthony, Joseph A. Pika, and W. Phillips Shively. Government Matters: American Democracy in Context. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2013.
    • Maltese, John Anthony. “Presidents and the Supreme Court Appointment Process.” In James Pfiffner and Roger H. Davidson, eds., Understanding the Presidency, 7th ed. New York: Pearson, 2013.
    • Pika, Joseph A. and John Anthony Maltese. The Politics of the Presidency, 8th ed. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2012.
    • Maltese, John Anthony. “The Media and Presidential Communication in the Bush Administration.” In Jon Herbert and Andrew Wroe, eds., Assessing the George W. Bush Presidency. Edinburgh, Scotland: Edinburgh University Press, 2010.
    • Maltese, John Anthony. The Selling of Supreme Court Nominees. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995 (updated paperback edition, 1998)(winner of the “C. Herman Pritchett Award” for best book on judicial politics from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association).
    • Maltese, John Anthony. Spin Control: The White House Office of Communications and the Management of Presidential News. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1992 (2nd revised edition, 1994)(winner of the second place “Frank Luther Mott Award for Best Research on the Media” from Kappa Tau Alpha, the National Journalism Scholarship Society).
    • Maltese, John Anthony. “Confirmation Gridlock: The Federal Judicial Appointments Process under Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.” 5 Journal of Appellate Practice and Process (Spring 2003), pp. 1-28.
    • Maltese, John Anthony. “Freedom of the Press: The Pentagon Papers Case.” In Creating Constitutional Change, ed. Gregg Ivers and Kevin McGuire. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2004, pp. 228-47.