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Anthony J. Madonna is an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Georgia. He received his PhD in political science from Washington University in St. Louis in 2008. His research interests include American political institutions and development, congressional politics and procedure and presidential politics. His work has appeared in such journals as the American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, the Journal of Politics, Presidential Studies Quarterly and the Illinois Law Review.

  • Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis 2008, Political Science
  • M.A., Washington University in St. Louis 2005, Political Science
  • B.A., Michigan State University 2002, Political Science
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Madonna’s teaching interests include Introduction to American Government, Introduction to Political Science, Legislative Process at the graduate and undergraduate level and American Political Development.  He has also taught Special Topics: Congressional Development in the Washington, D.C. Semester Program sponsored by UGA.  Madonna has won several University-wise and Departmental teaching awards.  Prior to coming to the University of Georgia, he received the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence from Washington University in St. Louis in 2007.  In 2008, he received an Arch Award for teaching excellence from the University of Georgia Student Government Association.  He was awarded the Susette M. Talarico Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2010, 2012 and 2014 and was named as a Lilly Teaching Fellow by the University of Georgia’s Center for Teaching and Learning for 2011-2013.  In 2013, he was awarded the Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education.

During the 2012-2013 academic year, Madonna was rewarded a Congressional Fellowship through the American Political Science Association and spent the academic year working with the Congressional Research Service.

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Research Interests
  • American political institutions
  • Congressional politics
  • The United States Senate
  • Legislative rules of procedure
  • The filibuster
  • American political development
  • Presidential politics
  • Quantitative methods.
Selected Publications
  • “Partisan Agenda Control and the Dimensionality of Congress.” American Politics Research 42 (July 2014): With Keith L. Doughery and Michael S. Lynch.
  • “Viva Voce: Implications from the Disappearing Voice Vote, 1865-1996.” Social Science Quarterly 94 (June 2013): With Michael S. Lynch.
  • “Coalition Formation in the House and Senate: Examining the Effect of Institutional Change on Major Legislation.” The Journal of Politics, 73 (November 2011): 1225-1238. With Jamie L. Carson and Michael S. Lynch.
  • “Assessing Congressional Responses to Growing Presidential Powers: The Case of Recess Appointments.”  Presidential Studies Quarterly, 41 (September 2011): 569-588.  With Ryan C. Black, Michael S. Lynch and Ryan J. Owens.
  • “Winning Coalition Formation in the U.S. Senate: The Effects of Legislative Decision Rules and Agenda Change.” American Journal of Political Science, 55 (April 2011): 276-288.
  • “Going Nuclear, Senate Style.” Perspectives on Politics, 5 (December 2007): 729-40. With Sarah A. Binder and Steven S. Smith.
  • “Adding Recess Appointments to the President’s `Tool Chest’ of Unilateral Powers.”  Political Research Quarterly, 60 (December 2007): 645-654.  With Ryan C. Black, Ryan J. Owens and Michael S. Lynch.