Robert Hines

Robert is pursuing a joint Bachelor of Political Science and Master of Public Administration degree at the University of Georgia with an anticipated final graduation date of May 2018. He currently works as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Planning and Environmental Services Unit of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government where he analyzes economic, demographic, and public input data to identify achievable downtown planning priorities. He also researches flood planning issues related to dam management and FEMA’s Community Rating System.


B.A. | University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs | December 2017 (anticipated)  | Major: Political Science | Minors: Statistics, English

Of Note

Phi Kappa Phi (2016-Present)

Top 100 UGA Student Employees (2015-2016)

Public Service Outreach Student Scholar (2014-2015)

Research Interests

I am interested in policy and program evaluation. My past research efforts have centered around emergency planning efforts for Georgia’s dam inventory. I presented an analysis of Georgia’s dams based on National Inventory of Dams database and assessment of simplified inundation map methodology for emergency action planning at the Georgia Water Resources Conference and am a contributing author of the forthcoming “Fish Passage and Aquatic Connectivity in Georgia: Continued Planning and Action” conference proceedings panel paper. The paper will be accessible through this link: