The Department of Political Science will host its annual Parthemos Lecturer on October 15th from 3:30-5:00 in the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, Room 271.  This year’s invited speaker is Dr. David Mayhew.

Dr. David Mayhew is one of the world’s leading authorities on Congress and American party politics. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of his landmark book, Congress: The Electoral Connection, which is one of the most widely read and cited books in political science. His other award-winning books include Divided We Govern (2005) and Partisan Balance: Why Political Parties Don’t Kill the U.S. Constitution (2011). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical Society and the National Academy of Sciences. He has been a member of the board of overseers of the National Election Studies of the Center for Political Studies, and has served as a Guggenheim Fellow, a Hoover National Fellow, a Sherman Fairchild Fellow at the California Institute of Technology, and an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. He received the Samuel J. Eldersveld Career Achievement Award from the American Political Science Association in 2004.

The Parthemos Lecture Fund was established to honor the contributions of George S. Parthemos to the University and to the State of Georgia. In particular, the fund seeks to commemorate his outstanding qualities as a teacher. Each year, the fund allows one of the world’s leading political scientists to visit the University of Georgia not only to deliver a public lecture but to teach an undergraduate class and meet informally with students and faculty. This series has allowed our faculty and students to learn from these distinguished scholars.

To make a gift to the Parthemos Memorial Lecture Fund, please contact Donna Brazzell at 706-542-9661 or

For more information on Dr. Mayhew, please take a look here.