— M.A. Political Science (August 2007), A.B. International Affairs (May 2007), The University of Georgia
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Jessica J. Price is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Government. She studies comparative politics and public law. Her research interests focus primarily on ethnic politics, indigenous politics, and on the politics of rights and legal implementation in Latin America. Her countries of interest include Mexico, Chile, and Brazil.
Her dissertation analyzes patterns of protest by indigenous people in Southern Mexico. It asks the following questions: Why do ethnic minorities in democratizing societies make rights-based claims in some protest contexts yet ally with traditional political parties in other localities? In addition, what explains why ethnic minorities are more protest-prone in certain areas and years than in others? It uses data from seven electoral cycles of protest in the Mexican states of Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Yucatan to provide an answer to these questions.
Her research in Mexico has been supported through a 2011-2012 Academic Year Macdonald Dissertation Fellowship from the Department of Government, a summer 2012 E.D. Farmer International Fellowship for field research, and through a summer 2010 Tinker Field Research Grant and summer 2008 Lozano Long Travel Grant.
She is employed currently as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Government and has been employed as a Teaching Assistant and as a Supplemental Instructor in the department in past years.
GOV 312L • Issues & Policies In Amer Gov
MWF 1000am-1100am MEZ B0.306
GOV 312L is the second course in the American government sequence; this course assumes the basic knowledge of American government from GOV 310L.
This course examines the American political system by studying the political participation of ethnic and racial minorities in the U.S. in historical and comparative context. It provides an overview of minority politics in the U.S. that will familiarize students with the history and current situation of racial and ethnic minorities, including Black Americans, Native Americans, and Latinos. The first part of the course analyzes the historical expansion of U.S. democracy by exploring the history of ethnic and racial minority rights and movements in America. The course then focuses on current patterns of voting and other forms of political participation among ethnic and racial minorities in the U.S. One of the primary objectives of this course is to get students to think comparatively about American politics. Consequently, the latter part of the course takes the U.S. experience and puts it in context by examining racial and ethnic politics within other counties in the Americas. Students will study how racial and ethnic minorities participate in politics within Latin America and Canada and how these experiences compare to those in the U.S. Particular attention will be paid to the cases of Afro-Brazilian mobilization, indigenous mobilization in Mexico, and Canadian multiculturalism.
This course will train students to think critically about politics in the U.S. and about politics in general. It should help students develop greater understanding about race and ethnicity in U.S. politics and how U.S. experiences are similar and different compared to those of other societies.
Three Exams (88% of the grade)
Short Paper Assignment (12% of the grade)
Exams will be in class and will not be cumulative. Students also will write a 2-3 page double-spaced short paper that takes a position on an issue covered in class.
Exam 1 February 21 (Friday): 29%
Exam 2 April 4 (Friday): 29%
Short Paper Due April 21 (Monday): 12%
Final Exam TBA: 30%
Grade Scale. I round grades to the nearest whole number.
A: 93-100% C: 73-76%
A-: 90-92% C-: 70-72%
B+: 87-89% D+: 67-69%
B: 83-86% D: 63-66%
B-: 80-82% D-: 60-62%
C+: 77-79% F: Below 60%
“Can We All Get Along?”: Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American Politics, (Sixth Edition), Paula D. McClain and Joseph Stewart Jr., 2013, Westview Press.
Democratization in America: A Comparative-Historical Analysis, Desmond King, Robert C. Lieberman, Gretchen Ritter, and Laurence Whitehead, eds., 2009, The John Hopkins University Press.
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GOV 312L • Issues & Policies In Amer Gov
MWF 1200pm-100pm ART 1.102
Government 312L satisfies the second half of the mandated six hours of government that every UT student must take. Course covers analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution, and assumes basic knowledge of government from GOV 310L, which is a prerequiste. May be taken for credit only once.