Austin Trantham

  • Visiting Assistant Professor at Jacksonville University
  • Political Science
Other Affiliations:
  • Jacksonville University
Research Interests:

Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2017

M.A., University of Kentucky, 2015 

Graduate Certificate in College Teaching and Learning, University of Kentucky, 2013

M.A., American University, 2010 

B.A., Austin College, 2008


I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Jacksonville University.  Prior to my current position, I served in visiting faculty appointments at Illinois College and Murray State University. 

My research agenda is primarily concerned with studying political executives from a comparative perspective. My dissertation examines recent presidential and gubernatorial annual addresses to understand how state executives consider and respond to presidential policy priorities in a shared political system.  Other current projects include a co-authorship investigating the conditions that lead U.S. presidents to engage in foreign policy activity.   

My teaching experiences are diverse.  At Jacksonville University, I am responsible for teaching introductory and advanced  American Politics courses.. At Murray State University, I taught introductory American Politics, Comparative Politics, and Research Methodology courses.  At the University of Kentucky, I had full instructional responsibilities for survey classes in American government, political theory, and research methodology. I have additionally taught a special topics course examining political scandal and corruption in U.S. politics. I have further served as a teaching assistant for introductory world politics. While a graduate assistant at American University, I undertook responsibilities for a variety of classes including an upper- division American presidency course.  My commitment to undergraduate teaching led to the completion of a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching and Learning by the University of Kentucky Graduate School.

Outside of research and teaching interests, I have participated in an array of service activities. At Illinois College, I advised undergraduate majors and the student Pre-Law Association.  At Murray State University, I served as a committee member on a senior honors thesis project.  At the University of Kentucky, I regularly assisted with the New TA Orientation provided by the Graduate School as a Micro-teaching Mentor and panelist for a session with experienced teaching assistants.  From 2011-2013, I served as a student representative on the University of Kentucky Graduate Council.  Previous activities include serving as the Editor-in-Chief of The Public Purpose, the peer-reviewed graduate student journal of the School of Public Affairs at American University.   

I hold an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Kentucky.  Prior to beginning doctoral studies, I earned an M.A. in Political Science from the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C.  I completed my B.A. with Honors in Political Science at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. 

Please refer to the link provided to view my academic website. 

Graduate Training

Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, 2012

Selected Publications: 

Trantham, Austin. Forthcoming. Review of The Dealmakers of Downstate Illinois: Paul Powell, Clyde L. Choate, Paul H. Stelle. Journal of Illinois History 18(3): XXX-XXX.

Olson, Jeremiah, Yu Ouyang, John Poe, Austin Trantham, and Richard W. Waterman.  2012.  "The Teleprompter Presidency: Comparing Obama's Campaign and Governing Rhetoric."  Social Science Quarterly 93(5): 1402-1423.

Bigelow, Nathan, and Austin Trantham.  2008.  Review of Dancing Without Partners: How Candidates, Parties, and Interest Groups Interact in the Presidential Campaign.  David B. Magelby, J. Quin Monson, Kelly D. Patterson, eds.  Party Politics 14(4): 503-505.





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