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Faculty and Staff Profile

Jeff Fine

Associate Professor of Political Science

Office: 230E Brackett Hall
Phone: 864-656-3233
Fax: 864-656-0690
Personal Website:

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Political Science
University of Kentucky 2006

M.A. Political Science
University of Kentucky 2004

B.A. Political Science
Vanderbilt University 2001

 Courses Taught

American National Government
U.S. Congress
Quantitative Methods in Political Science
Honors seminar on 2012 Elections
Honors seminars on 2010 & 2014 Midterm Elections
Honors seminar on Public Policy
MPA Research Methods for Public Administration
MPA Public Data Analysis
MPA graduate seminar on Political Control of Bureaucracy


I am an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department. I teach courses in American politics and research methods, including courses on the U.S. Congress and elections. My primary expertise is in American political institutions, with a particular focus on the U.S. Congress. I am the author of articles appearing in Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Political Behavior, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and American Review of Politics. I have earned one national award: the Craig L. Brians Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentorship (awarded by the Political Science Education section of the American Political Science Association). I have also received two university-wide awards: the Frank A. Burtner Award for Excellence in Advising and the Douglas W. Bradbury Award for outstanding contributions to the Calhoun Honors College. In 2013-14, I served as a Congressional Fellow through the American Political Science Association, where I worked on the staff of a United States Senator.

 Research Interests

My research focuses on the interaction between the U.S. Congress and other political actors. I also examine how Congress interacts with the public, including studies of representation, voter turnout, and the use of social media in elections.

 Research Publications

Fine, Jeffrey A. and James M. Avery. 2014. “Do Senators Respond to Minority Voters?: Latino Turnout and Representation.” Social Science Quarterly, Vol. 95, No.4, December 2014: 1172-1188.

Fine, Jeffrey A. and Nadia N. Aziz. 2013. “Does the Political Environment Matter?: Arab-American Representation and September 11th.” Social Science Quarterly, Vol. 92, No.2, June 2013, pp. 551-568.

Avery, James M. and Jeffrey A. Fine. 2012. “Context Matters: The Effect of State-level Racial Heterogeneity on White Racial Attitudes.” American Review of Politics, Vol. 33, Fall, 2012: 211-231.

Avery, James M. and Jeffrey A. Fine. 2012. “Racial Composition, White Racial Attitudes, and Black Representation: Testing the Racial Threat Hypothesis in the United States Senate.” Political Behavior, Vol. 34, No. 3, September 2012, pp. 391-410.

Fine, Jeffrey A. and Adam L. Warber. 2012. “Circumventing Adversity: Re-examining the Relationship between Executive Orders and Divided Government” Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. 42, No.2, June 2012, pp. 256-274.

Smith, Lauren Edwards, Laura R. Olson, and Jeffrey A. Fine. 2010. “Substantive Religious Representation in the U.S. Senate: Voting Alignment with the Family Research Council.” Political Research Quarterly, Vol. 63, No.1, March 2010, pp. 68-82.

Randazzo, Kirk, Richard W. Waterman, and Jeffrey A. Fine. 2006. “Checking the Federal Courts: The Impact of Congressional Statutes on Judicial Behavior.” Journal of Politics, Vol. 68, No.4, November 2006, pp. 1006-1017.


APSA Congressional Fellowship Program