Again this year, we are proud to have outstanding students on the job market. For a list of our placement candidates and brief sketches of each, please select a field below.

POLITICAL SCIENCE & INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

PhD candidates and recent graduates currently on the market:


JAKE TRUSCOTT 
PhD, Expected 2023
Curriculum Vitae

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Richard L. Vining (Chair), Dr. Teena Wilhelm, Dr. Joseph Ornstein, Dr. Jason Anastasopoulos

Dissertation Title: @SCOTUS: Public Sentiment, Twitter, and Media Coverage of the US Supreme Court

Jake conducts research that integrates conventional questions of judicial politics and behaviors with emerging computational methods. To date, he has published or has works under review that explore the strategic retention and departure behaviors of federal courts of appeals judges,[1] the institutionalization of the American federal judiciary,[2] public attendance at Supreme Court oral arguments,[3] and the rhetorical behaviors framing Supreme Court confirmation hearings.[4] He also has works in development exploring the integration of high-dimensional, deep-learning models into the social sciences,[5] public discourse on the Twitter social media platform in response to the Court’s usage of its emergency (i.e., shadow) docket powers,[6] and the divergent rhetorical behaviors of Supreme Court justices in oral arguments.[7] His dissertation was awarded the 2022 Summer Research Grant ($1,500) by the University of Georgia and incorporates data mining, machine learning, and ideal point estimation to analyze strategic media behaviors and public discourse on social media platforms in response to decision-making by the Supreme Court.

Jake’s dissertation explores how media outlets and average Americans employ social media platforms like Twitter to instigate public discourse in response to decision-making by the United States Supreme Court. Levering data mining, machine learning, and ideal point estimation techniques, my research provides novel contributions toward discerning the theoretical motivations underpinning strategic media framing behaviors and the capacity for the public to engage in discourse online. He finds that users often convey complex political knowledge as a response to strategic media framing behaviors, unique case-specific factors, and their predisposed ideological beliefs.

At the University of Georgia, Jake has served as an instructor of record three times. In Spring 2021, he taught the University’s introductory course on American Government. In Fall 2021 and 2022, he taught Criminal Justice Administration, a course that serves as a primer on the multifaceted system of criminal justice in the United States. Sample syllabi and course evaluations can be provided on request.

[1] Ideological Congruence and Judicial Departures from the U.S. Courts of Appeals (Co-Author: Dr. Richard Vining, Under Review at The Journal of Empirical Legal Studies)

[2] Truscott, J. S. (2022). The Supreme Spectacle: An Analysis of Public Attendance at the Supreme Court.

Justice System Journal, 1-12.

[3] Explaining Congressional Support for the Federal Judiciary (Co-Author: Dr. Teena Wilhelm) The Handbook on Law and Political Systems, 2nd Edition (Forthcoming: 2022).

[4] Analyzing the Rhetoric of Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings (1971-2020). (Invited to Revise and Resubmit to The Journal of Law and Courts).

[5] How to Train Your Stochastic Parrot: Deep Language Models for Political Texts (Co-Authors: Joseph Ornstein and Elise Blasingame)

[6] Canary in the Coal Mines: Public Perceptions to the Supreme Court’s Shadow Docket on Social Media (Co-Author: Emilee Smart)

[7] Speaking the Same Language? Analyzing the Rhetorical Behaviors of Supreme Court Oral Arguments (Working Title).

 

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION & Policy

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