Teena Wilhelm

Associate Professor of Political Science

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Teena Wilhelm is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at University of Georgia. She has been at the University of Georgia since 2005, and received her PhD in American Politics from the University of Arizona. Her authored or co-authored research has appeared in major political science and legal studies journals, and has been honored by the Southern Political Science Association. Her research has also garnered a grant from the National Science Foundation.

  • Ph.D., University of Arizona 2005, Political Science
  • M.A., University of Arizona 2001, Political Science
  • B.A., Louisiana College 1997, History
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Wilhelm’s teaching and research specialties are judicial institutions, state politics, and constitutional law.  She has been recognized for outstanding teaching by the School of Public and Internation Affairs, the Department of Political Science, the Honors Program, and the American Political Science Association. She is an affiliated faculty with the Criminal Justice Studies Program, and has also been involved in the Department of Political Science study abroad program in China.  Wilhelm has been a mentor for the Honors Program since 2008, and currently serves as Pi Sigma Alpha faculty advisor.

Areas of Expertise
  • Judicial politics and behavior
  • State political institutions
  • State policymaking
  • Media and case saliency in the judicial branch
  • Judicial elections
Selected Publications
  • 2012. “The Politics of Judicial Administration: The Chief Justice as Policy Leader” Judicature 95 (6)(with Rich Vining)
  • 2011. “Measuring Case Salience in State Courts of Last Resort.” Political Research Quarterly 64 (3) pp. 559-572. (with Rich Vining).
  • 2011. “Executive Strategy and Judicial Elections: Governor’s Endorsements in State Supreme Court Elections.” American Politics Research 39 (6) pp.  1072-1096. (with Rich Vining).
  • 2011. “Case Visibility and the Electoral Connection in State Supreme Courts.” American Politics Research 39 (3) pp. 557-581. (with Damon Cann).
  • 2011. “Policy Reform via Courts, Legislatures and Citizens: The Case of Education Finance.” 92 (4). Pp. 1074-1095. Social Science Quarterly. (with Damon Cann).
  • 2010. “Patterns of Newspaper Reporting on State Supreme Courts.” Justice System Journal 31 (3) pp. 125-141. (with Rich Vining, Sara Hiers, and Phil Marcin).
  • 2010. “Explaining High-Profile Coverage of State Supreme Court Decisions.” Social Science Quarterly 91 (3) pp. 704-723. (with Rich Vining)
  • 2009. “Strange Bedfellows: The Policy Consequences of Legislative-Judicial Relations in the American States.” American Politics Research 37 (1) pp. 3-29.
  • 2007. “Judicial Ideology and Legislative Outcomes in Education: The Policymaking Role of State Supreme Courts.” Legislative Studies Quarterly 32 (2): pp. 309-333.
  • 2005. “The Ideology of State Supreme Court Chief Justices.” Judicature 89 (2): pp. 78-86. (with Laura Langer).