Bryan Black

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science & International Affairs

Bryan Black is a doctoral candidate at the University of Georgia specializing in American politics. His research interests includes political institutions, specifically the judiciary, separation of powers, and state politics.

Education
  • BA, University of Tennessee 2009, Political Science & Legal Studies
  • MA, Georgetown University 2010, American Government
More About

I am originally from Georgia and did my undergraduate work at the University of Tennessee. After receiving my Master’s degree in American Government from Georgetown University, I lived in Washington D.C. and worked for the Department of Defense as a budget and program analyst (2010-2013). Since arriving at the University of Georgia in 2013, I have been a research assistant, teaching assistant, and instructor of record. For the past several years, I have been the instructor of record at both Piedmont College and the University of Georgia for the following courses: Introduction to American Government and Adjudication Process.

Of Note
  • Phi Beta Kappa
Research Interests

My research interest focuses on American politics and political institutions. Specifically, I am interested in judicial politics and judicial decision-making at the federal and state level, separation of powers. For example, I am working on projects that involve Supreme Court confirmation politics, Supreme Court – Executive Agency interaction, and electoral competition in state politics.

I am currently finishing my dissertation which examines interest group participation and influence in the U.S. Courts of Appeals (2003 to 2010). More specifically, it focuses on the conditions upon which interest groups will participate either through litigation or the filing of an amicus curiae brief. In addition, it investigates the influence that interest group participation has on decision-making of circuit court judges.