Curriculum Vitae

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science & International Affairs

Aaron Hitefield is a 5th year PhD student at the University of Georgia specializing in American Politics and methodology.  His research focuses on American political institutions, congress and the presidency, political behavior, and parties and elections.

  • B.S., King University, Mathematics and Political Science, 2017 (Magna Cum Laude, Sniders Honors Fellow)
Of Note
  • The Dirksen Center Congressional Research Grant (2021)
  • The University of Georgia Graduate School Dean’s Award (2021)
  • IA Graduate Student Small Research Grant (2021) (with Neil S. Williams & Karlee Taylor)
  • Prestage-Cook Travel Award (2020 SPSA)
  • Reed Fellowship, University of Georgia (2018-19)
  • Lauth Fellowship, University of Georgia (2017-18)
  • Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, King University (2017)
  • Student Affairs Student Leadership Award, King University (2017)
Course Instruction
  • Graduate Courses
    • POLS 7770: Graduate Teaching Seminar (Fall 2021)
  • Undergraduate Courses
    • POLS 4530: American Political Parties (Spring 2021)
    • POLS 4605: The Politics of Congressional Elections (Spring 2020)
Research Interests

American Political Institutions

Quantitative Methodology

Congress and the Presidency

Political Behavior

Electoral Politics

Separation of Powers

American Political Development

Selected Publications

“The 2020 Presidential Nomination Process.” 2021. In The 2020 Presidential Election in the South, eds. Branwell DuBose Kapeluck and Scott E. Buchanan. Lanham, MD:  Lexington Books. (M.V. Hood III. co-author).

Carson, Jamie L., Spencer Hardin, and Aaron A. Hitefield. 2021. “You’re Fired! Donald Trump and the 2020 Congressional Elections.” The Forum, Forthcoming.

Carson, Jamie L. & Aaron A. Hitefield. 2018. “Donald Trump, Nationalization, and the 2018 Midterm Elections.” The Forum, 16(4), pp. 531-549.