Josh Putnam

Department of Political Science

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Department of Political Science

Josh Putnam joined the UGA Political Science faculty in August 2015 as a lecturer after a similar stints at Wake Forest, Davidson College and Appalachian State University.

  • Ph.D., University of Georgia 2010, Political Science
  • M.A., University of Georgia 2004, Political Science
  • B.A. , University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 1999, Political Science
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An avid elections watcher, his focus both in research and in the classroom is on American politics and specifically on campaigns and elections. His research deals with the reasoning behind states’ efforts to position their presidential delegate selection contests on the presidential primary calendar from one presidential election year to the next.  Over the last four decades, earlier has been better (a more influential position), and states have moved accordingly, culminating with the massive movement ahead of the 2008 cycle.  The issue that Dr. Putnam explored in his dissertation while at the University of Georgia is why some states are able to move their nominating contests and others are not.  Josh also has an interest in the study of delegate allocation rules behind the presidential nomination process as well as the electoral college. He also runs the elections blog, Frontloading HQ, which has garnered increasing national media attention since 2008.

Course Instruction
  •  POLS 1101 American Government
  • POLS 2000 Introduction to Political Science
  • POLS 4515 Campaign Politics
  • POLS 4530 American Political Parties
  • POLS 4610 The United States Presidency
Research Interests
  • Elections
  • Campaigns
Selected Publications
  • Putnam, Joshua T. 2015. “A Simple Approach to Projecting the Electoral College, 2000-2012” International Journal of Forecasting: 31 (3): 910-5.
  • Putnam, Joshua T. 2015. “Fighting the Last Battle, Fighting the Same Battle: The 2016 Presidential Nomination Process.” In The Surge: 2014’s Big GOP Win and What It Means for the Next Presidential Election, Larry J. Sabato, ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Putnam, Joshua T. 2013. “The Impact of the Rules Changes on the 2012 Republican Presidential Primary Process.” In The 2012 Nomination and the Future of the Republican Party, William J. Miller, ed. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • Putnam, Joshua T. 2012. “The Impact of the Rules Changes on the 2012 Republican Primary Process.” Society: 49:400-404.