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Jeff Fine

Associate Professor of Political Science

Office: 230E Brackett Hall
Phone: 864-656-3233
Fax: 864-656-0690
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 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 seminars on 2012 & 2016 Elections
Honors seminars on 2010, 2014, & 2018 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. I also lead the departmental honors thesis program in political science. My research largely focuses on the U.S. Congress, including questions of representation, how Congress interacts with other actors, and how social media is used by political elites. I am the author of articles appearing in Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Political Behavior, Presidential Studies Quarterly, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and American Review of Politics. I have received a 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 also have received three university-wide awards at Clemson: the Phil Prince Award for Innovation in Teaching, the Frank A. Burtner Award for Excellence in Advising, and the Douglas W. Bradbury Award for outstanding contributions to the 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.

 Research Publications

Avery, James M. and Jeffrey A. Fine. Forthcoming. "Unpacking Representation in State Immigration Policy: Latino Composition, White Racial Threat, and Legislator Partisanship." State Politics and Policy Quarterly.

Auter, Zachary J. and Jeffrey A. Fine. 2018. "Social Media Campaigning: Mobilization and Fundraising on Facebook." Social Science Quarterly, Vol. 99, No. 1, March 2018: 185-200.

Avery, James M., Jeffrey A. Fine, and Timothy Marquez. 2017. "Racial Threat and the Influence of Latino Turnout on State Immigration Policy." Social Science Quarterly, Vol. 98, No. 2, June 2017: 750-765.

Auter, Zachary J. and Jeffrey A. Fine. 2016. "Negative Campaigning in the Social Media Age: Attack Advertising on Facebook." Political Behavior, Vol. 38, No. 4, December 2016: 999-1020.

Fine, Jeffrey A. and Margaret Williams. 2016. "Nuclear Fallout: Republican Votes on Nominations in the 113th Senate." The Forum, Vol. 14, No. 2, July 2016.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 1006-1017.

 Honors and Awards

- IBM Faculty Award ($40,000 gift to Clemson University), 2019
- Phil Prince Award for Innovation in Teaching (university wide), 2018
- Craig L. Brians Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research & Mentorship (awarded by the Political Science Education section of the American Political Science Association)
- Class of 1940 Douglas W. Bradbury Award, for outstanding contribution to Calhoun Honors College (university wide), 2014
- Frank A. Burtner Advising Award (university wide), 2014
- Award of Distinction (Teaching/Mentoring) from Clemson’s National Scholars Program, 2011, 2014, 2018, & 2019
- Southern Political Science Association’s Pi Sigma Alpha Award for Excellence in Scholarly Writing (with D. Stephen Voss and James M. Avery), 2006


APSA Congressional Fellowship Program