Thu, August 25, 2016

SPIA In 60 Seconds

  • Student Volunteers Recognized

    SPIA students who travelled to South Africa as part of the Stellenbosch Study Abroad program have been recognized for their voluntary work.

    Vision AfriKa showed appreciation for our students’ time and assistance with their efforts in an article on its website. In the article, Vision AfriKa details the work SPIA students completed including helping Grades 8, 9 and primary school children with school work as well as learning how to type.

    This is the third year SPIA students have worked with Vision AfriKa as part of the experiential learning component of their coursework.

    To read the full article, click here.

  • Public Policy & Management Minor

    The Department of Public Administration and Policy has added a new undergraduate minor in Public Policy and Management which focuses on preparing students for careers in government and nonprofit organizations by allowing undergraduate students to learn from faculty with a long history of training nonprofit and government leaders around the world as part of UGA’s Masters of Public Administration program (ranked #4 by U.S. News and World Report).

    For more information, contact Paul Welch at or 706.542.0096.

  • Gov Barnes Speaks at Graduation

    Former Gov. Roy Barnes ridiculed politicians who made bathroom gender an issue in recent weeks in his talk to University of Georgia graduates Friday.“I’m just telling, you, it’s just never been a problem in my life,” Barnes, 68, told graduates of UGA’s School of Public and International Affairs... “Your job is to keep things focused on things that make a difference..” To read the full story on the Athens Banner Herald website, please click here.

  • Nunn, Perry Give Charter Lecture

    The U.S. and the Soviet Union came horrifyingly close to nuclear disaster on several occasions during the Cold War, said former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry during the April 26 University of Georgia Charter Lecture co-hosted by the School of Public and International Affairs. 

    However, Perry and former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn said the world is no safer from a nuclear threat now than it has been in the 71 years since the last nuclear weapons were used over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Instead, the speakers said the threat might be getting more acute with nine nations now believed to have nuclear weapons, plus the efforts by Iran and North Korea to acquire nuclear weapons and the threat of terrorists constructing and detonating a rudimentary "dirty bomb" from radiological materials. For the full story, click here. To view the lecture, click here.

  • Putnam Navigates Delegate Rules

    Josh Putnam, a lecturer in the political science department, has been all over the news lately. His most recent interview aired on February 6, 2016 on PBS Newshour. His blog, Frontloading HQ, is featured in the story as he uses the platform to help decipher the often-complicated delegate rules that vary from state to state.  For more information about the blog, click here. To watch the full interview, click here.

Faculty News

SPIA Faculty Awarded a Total of ~$1.3 Million in Grants

Jul 2016 Over the past few weeks, several SPIA faculty members have been recommended for or received several prestigious grant awards totaling approximately $1.3 million dollars.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recommended for award three SPIA proposals submitted during the spring 2016 funding cycle. The recommended proposals include:

• Christy Boyd, Scott Ainsworth, and Michael Lynch’s project “Judging Disabilities: Social Security Administration Appeals in the Federal Trial Courts” which will explore federal trial court appellate review of denied Social Security Administration (SSA) disability claims brought between 1997 and 2014 to better understand why as many as 50 percent of the SSA’s disability determinations reviewed by the federal district courts are reversed and remanded.

• Jamie Monogan and Jeff Gill's (Washington University in St. Louis) project "Smooth National Measurement of Public Opinion across Boundaries and Levels: A View from the Bayesian Spatial Approach" which will reevaluate spatial modeling in political science by implementing software for public distribution using a new modeling approach for understanding public sentiment/opinion by micro-level geographic region based on Bayesian hierarchical spatial modeling with kriging.

• Chad Clay, Thorin Wright (Arizona State University), Reed Wood (Arizona State University), and Chris Farriss' (Univ. of Michigan) project "Sub-national Analysis of Repression Project (SNARP)” which will construct a new dataset that captures instances of political repression at the sub-national level that will support future studies of the subnational occurrence of repression and better explain variation in repression more generally.

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In the News

Not Blowing Smoke: Research Finds Medical Marijuana Lowers Prescription Drug Use

Jul 2016 Medical marijuana is having a positive impact on the bottom line of Medicare’s prescription drug benefit program in states that have legalized its use for medicinal purposes, according to University of Georgia researchers in a study published today in the July issue of Health Affairs. The savings, due to lower prescription drug use, were estimated to be $165.2 million in 2013, a year when 17 states and the District of Columbia had implemented medical marijuana laws. The results suggest that if all states had implemented medical marijuana the overall savings to Medicare would have been around $468 million. Compared to Medicare Part D’s 2013 budget of $103 billion, those savings would have been 0.5 percent. But it’s enough of a difference to show that, in states where it’s legal, some people are turning to the drug as an alternative to prescription medications for ailments that range from pain to sleep disorders.

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  • Duggins, Tyler

    Ledbetter, Lauren

    Assistant Director of Communications

    Bradford, W. David

    Busbee Chair in Public Policy

    W. David Bradford, Ph.D. is the Busbee Chair in Public Policy in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia. A significant component of Dr. Bradford’s current research involves the origins of time and risk preferences, and their effects on health care related...

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  • Bertsch, Gary K.

    University Professor Emeritus

    Paczkowski, Caroline

    Director of Public Relations

    Fleming, Ryan

  • Fern, Rebecca

    Administrative Assistant

    Becky joined the Department of Political Science in 2014. She is responsible for assisting in directing and managing of the department's accounting services. Becky was born and raised in Athens, and she is a proud UGA graduate and UGA mom....

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Sep 14

Political Science 75th Anniversary Kickoff Reception

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We invite you to join faculty, staff, alumni, and friends for an evening reception on Wednesday, September 14 on the terrace of Nelson Mullins law firm in Atlantic Station.

This kickoff reception is the first of many events to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Department of Political Science. For information about the other upcoming events, visit the Political Science 75th Anniversary Facebook page.

The event is free, but registration is required by September 7. Register Here.

We look forward to celebrating with you soon!

Sep 16

Constitution Day

Sponsor: SPIA, Law School, and The American Founding Group

2:00 pm

Sep 23

SPIA Speaker Series: Eric Uslaner

3:30 pm

Oct 7

Jon Elster, Columbia University, “The Political Psychology of Constitution Making”

3:30 pm

Baldwin 202

Nov 4

SPIA Speaker Series: Ryan Owens

3:30 pm

Jan 27

SPIA Speaker Series: Will Moore

3:30 pm

Mar 31

SPIA Speaker Series: Brigitte Zimmerman

3:30 pm

Apr 14

Margaret Williams Research Talk

8:20 am