Dean Emeritus of the School of Public and International Affairs Professor Emeritus of the School of Public and International Affairs

Thomas P. Lauth is Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of the School of Public and International Affairs.

  • Ph.D., Syracuse University 1976, Political Science
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He was a faculty member at the University of Georgia from 1981-2013, served as Head of the Department of Political Science, 1988-2001, and Dean of the School of Public and International Affairs, 2001-2013. He is the author or co-author of more than 50 peer reviewed journal articles and invited book chapters; the coauthor of Compromised Compliance: Implementation of 1965 Voting Rights Act (1982) and The Politics of State and City Administration (1986); and the co-editor of Governors, Legislatures, and Budgets: Diversity Across the American States (1991) and Budgeting in the States: Institutions, Processes and Politics (2006). In 1998, he received the Aaron B. Wildavsky Award for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement in Public Budgeting, presented by the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management. He is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), and was President of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), 2000-01.  He has taught courses, delivered lectures, and presented papers in China, Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine and United Kingdom. In 2010, he delivered the 100th Anniversary Graduate Commencement Address at the University of Georgia. During his years as an active faculty member he directed 30 Ph.D. dissertations. He earned the B.A. in Government from the University of Notre Dame, and the Ph.D. in Political Science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. In 2020, he was the recipient of the University of Georgia President’s Medal.