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 and has previously served as the Graduate Coordinator for Political Science. 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 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
  • Judicial politics and behavior
  • State political institutions
  • State policymaking
  • Media and case saliency in the judicial branch
  • Judicial elections
Selected Publications

Wilhelm, T. Forthcoming. “Ambition, Strategy, or Policy Change? Explaining Candidate Emergence in Judicial Elections” Justice System Journal (with Emily Wanless and Rich Vining)

Wilhelm, T. Forthcoming. “Judicial Reform in the American States: The Chief Justice as Political Advocate.” State Politics and Policy Quarterly. (with Rich Vining, Ethan Boldt, and Bryan Black)

Wilhelm, T. 2019. “Examining State of the Judiciary Addresses: A Research Note.” Justice System Journal, 40 (2): 158-169. (with Rich Vining, Ethan Boldt, and Allison Trochesset)

Wilhelm, T. 2019. “The Chief Justice as Effective Administrative Leader: The Impact of Policy Scope and Interbranch Relations.” Social Science Quarterly, 100 (4): 1358-1368. (with Rich Vining and David Hughes)

Wilhelm, T. 2017. The Politics of the U.S. Federal Judiciary’s Requests for Institutional Reform.” Social Science Quarterly, 98 (5) (with Rich Vining and David Hughes)