Associate Professor of Political Science

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Teena Wilhelm is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Georgia. She received her PhD from the University of Arizona in 2005. Her research has appeared in major political and legal journals, and has been honored by the Southern Political Science Association and the National Science Foundation. She has been honored with several distinguished teaching awards, and serves as Director of the UGA GLOBIS National Parks Program.

  • Ph.D, University of Arizona, Political Science, 2005
  • MA, University of Arizona, Political Science, 2002
  • BA, Louisiana College, History, 1997
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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 International 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 is also involved in several GLOBIS study abroad programs. Wilhelm has been a mentor for the Honors Program since 2008, and currently serves as Director of Graduate Studies.

Areas of Expertise
  • Constitutional Law
  • Chief Justices
  • Judicial Diversity
  • Judicial Institutions
  • Public Land Policy
  • US National Parks
Honors, Awards, and Achievements
  • Study in a Second Discipline Fellows Program, Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, 2022.
  • University of Georgia Teaching Academy, 2022- present.
  • University of Georgia Senior Teaching Fellow, 2021-2022.
Selected Publications

Wilhelm, T. and Richard L. Vining. 2023. Administering Justice: Placing the Chief Justice in American State Politics. Michigan University Press.

Wilhelm, T. 2023. “The Ideological Diversity of State Supreme Court Chief Justices” State Politics and Policy Quarterly (with Rich Vining and David Hughes)

Wilhelm, T. 2023. “Trailblazing Chief Justices in the American States.” Judicature. (with Rich Vining)

Wilhelm, T. 2023. “Updating PAJID Scores for State Supreme Court Justices (1970-2019)” State Politics and Policy Quarterly (with David Hughes and Xuan Wang)