This lecture series hosted annually is named after George S. Parthemos who served the University of Georgia with great distinction for over 30 years until his death in 1984. During his service at the University, Parthemos served as Head of the Department of Political Science and Vice President for Instruction. He was also an extraordinary teacher. This series, sponsored by the Department of Political Science, honors Dr. Parthemos’ commitment to education. Each year, the Parthemos Scholar not only delivers a public lecture, but also teaches classes and interacts with students and faculty over two to three days.

2020 Parthemos Lecture

Vincent L. Hutchings

Hanes Walton Jr. Collegiate Professor and Research Professor, The University of Michigan

“Whitewashing: How Obama Used Implicit Racial Cues as a Defense Against Political Rumors”

George S. Parthemos Lecture

February 28, 3:30pm, Baldwin Hall, Room 480

Vincent Hutchings (PhD, UCLA) teaches political science at the University of Michigan where he is the Hanes Walton Jr. Collegiate Professor & Research Professor in the Center for Political Studies within the Institute for Social Research. Professor Hutchings’ research centers on public opinion, elections, voting behavior, and African American politics. His book, Public Opinion and Democratic Accountability: How Citizens Learn About Politics (Princeton University Press), focuses on how citizens monitor and influence their elected representative’s voting behavior. Professor Hutchings has assessed how the size of the African American constituency in congressional districts can influence legislative responsiveness to Black interests. Using experiments embedded within surveys, Hutchings explored how racial cues affected the support for Confederate symbols here in Georgia. Additionally, Hutchings has explored the ways in which political campaigns frame information about racial issues in order to activate, and make politically relevant, voter attitudes about particular racial groups. Research from this project, co-authored with Professor Nicholas Valentino and Ismail White, has been published in the American Political Science Review. Professor Hutchings is currently exploring how different news frames can diminish or exacerbate tensions among Whites, Blacks, and Latinos. Hutchings received support for his research endeavors as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholar (2000-2002) and from the National Science Foundation through various grants.

Professor Hutchings’ contributions extend into many areas of our discipline. He is a past president of the Midwest Political Science Association, a member of various editorial boards, and was a Principal Investigator for the American National Election Study from 2010- 2017.

Past Parthemos Lectures

1987: Richard E. Fenno
1988: Warren E. Miller
1989: Earl and Merle Black
1990: Samuel Patterson
1991: William Galston
1992: Larry J. Sabato
1993: Kenneth J. Meier
1995: Thomas E. Patterson
1996: Leslie Friedman Goldstein
1997: Catherine E. Rudder
1998: Richard A. Brody
1999: Barbara Sinclair
2000: Ian Shapiro
2001: Kenneth A. Shepsle
2002: John H. Aldrich
2003: Russell Hardin
2004: Adam Przeworski
2005: Martha Nussbaum
2006: Frederick C. Harris
2007: Jürg Steiner and John Roemer
2008: John Zaller
2009: Larry Bartels
2010: Elinor Ostrom
2011: Gary King
2012: Arthur Lupia
2013: Gary Cox
2014: Quentin Skinner
2015: David Mayhew
2016: Morris P. Fiorina
2017: Lee Epstein
2018: Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier
2019: Charles Stewart III