FRANK R. BAUMGARTNER
DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
Teaching Materials and Resources for Students
Click on the links below to go to the syllabus for the course or in some cases to a more substantial web page including various materials and resources for students in a particular course. All my courses since Fall 1999 are listed, in chronological order. Courses before Fall 2009 are from Penn State, hence the different course numbering system. At the bottom of the page are various resources for students not related to any particular courses.
Courses at UNC-CH
Political Science 203, Spring 2018, Race, Innocence, and the Decline of the Death Penalty
Political Science / English / American Studies / Womens Studies 248, Spring 2018, Intersectionality: Race, Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice
Political Science / English / American Studies 248, Spring 2017, Intersectionality: Race, Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice
Political Science 718, Spring 2017, Graduate Seminar on Agenda-Setting
Political Science 421, Fall 2016, Framing Public Policies
Political Science 203, Spring 2016, Race, Innocence, and the Decline of the Death Penalty
Political Science 490, Fall 2015, Advanced Seminar: The Death Penalty
Political Science 421, Spring 2015, Framing Public Policies
Political Science 727, Spring 2015, Graduate Seminar on Framing
Political Science 203, Fall 2014, Race, Innocence, and the Decline of the Death Penalty
Political Science 718, Spring 2014, Graduate Seminar on Agenda-Setting
Political Science 421, Fall 2013, Framing Public Policies
Political Science 195, Spring 2013, The End of the Death Penalty
Political Science 495, Spring 2013, Framing Public Policies
Political Science 891, Fall 2012, Graduate Seminar on Framing
Political Science 891, Fall 2011, Graduate Seminar on Agenda-Setting
Political Science 891, Spring 2011, Graduate Seminar on Framing
See a series of YouTube videos giving short explanations of various concepts in the study of public policy; these are put together by the University of Konstanz Urban Policy Lab (Germany)
--An Introduction to the Study of Public Policy (Thomas Birkland, NC State University)
--Punctuated Equilibrium: An Introduction (Frank R. Baumgartner, UNC-Chapel Hill)
--Punctuated Equilibrium: Applications (Frank R. Baumgartner, UNC-Chapel Hill)
Senior theses I have supervised at Carolina:
Betsy Neill, on the issue of mental illness in capital trials in North Carolina. Betsy looks at a large sample of NC capital trials, some of which led to a jury recommendation of death, and some to a sentence of life. She then looks at the impact of various mental illnesses. These are theoretically supposed to work as mitigating factors, lowering the likelihood of a death sentence, but in practice sometimes they work as aggravators. (Winner, Terry Sanford Award for the best honors thesis in political science, 2017.) Betsy is working in the field of clinical psychology and expects to pursue a PhD in that field.
Wallace Gram, on the extremely high concentration of executions in a small number of counties across the US. Woody compiled a database on homicides by county from 1984 through 2012 and compared these data with executions by county from 1976 through 2014, demonstrating that executions correspond to a "power law" distribution, and that this cannot be explained by population, homicides, or other factors. Woody is currently (2017) at the University of Richmond Law School, and we published an article in 2016 in the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy based on this work.
Anna W. Dietrich, on the suprisingly low odds that people sentenced to death will actually be executed, based on a comprehensive analysis of all US death sentences from 1972 through 2011. (Winner, Terry Sanford Award for the best honors thesis in political science, 2014.) In 2015 we published this updated blog post based on her research: Most death penalty sentences are overturned. Here’s why that matters. WashingtonPost.com Monkey Cage, March 17, 2015. (Frank R. Baumgartner and Anna W. Dietrich)
BJ Dworak, on the differences and similarities between traditional media (newpapers, radio, TV) and a sample of politically relevant and highly salient blogs and twitter accounts. (Winner, Terry Sanford Award for the best honors thesis in political science, 2013.) BJ attended Duke Law School where he worked on their Innocence Project. He is now an attorney in his native Wisconsin.
Alex Loyal, on trends in the introduction of bills relating to the death penalty across the 50 states, from 1990 to 2010. (2013) Alex began attending Georgetown Law in Fall 2013.
Lindsey Stephens, on the impact of the creation of a state-wide Indigent Defense Services agency on the use of the death penalty. (2012) Lindsey started Duke Law School in Fall 2012, and is now an attorney in her native Georgia.
Max Rose, on the changing media framing of poverty and the move from relatively generous to relatively stingy government spending on poverty in response to those frames. Max and I published a paper in Policy Studies Journal based on this thesis and Max will begin studying for his MPA at the JFK School of Public Policy at Harvard in 2018, after some years of working for various non-profits in Durham and elsewhere focusing on poverty.
Alissa Ellis, on the history of North Carolina's death penalty with a special focus on the execution of those with issues of mental capacity or mental illness. (2011) Alissa started UNC-Law in Fall 2012, was (2013-15) the President of the UNC-Law Death Penalty Project, and is now at attorney in Durham.
Agenda-setting seminar, Nov 23, 2010 in Aldrich and MacKuen's core seminar on American institutions.
Political Science 083, Fall 2010, First year Seminar on Politics in France
Political Science 495, Fall 2010, The Decline of the Death Penalty
Political Science 891, Spring 2010, Graduate Seminar on Agenda-Setting
Political Science 065, Fall 2009, First year Seminar on Pressure and Power
Political Science 195, Fall 2009, Framing and Public Policy
Agenda-setting seminar, Dec 1 2009, in Aldrich and MacKuen's core seminar on American institutions.
Courses at Penn State
PLSC 497, Protests, Social Movements, and Public Policy, Spring 2009 (team-taught with Prof. John McCarthy)
PLSC 083T, First-Year Seminar, Lobbying, Power, and Democracy, Fall 2008
PLSC 541, Graduate Seminar in American Institutions, Fall 2008
PLSC 497, Politics in France, Spring 2008
PLSC 497, Social Movements and Public Policy, Spring 2008
PLSC 083S.1, First-Year Seminar: Power in America, Fall 2007
Atelier de recherche, Sciences Po Paris, Mai-Juin 2007
PLSC 541, Graduate Seminar in Agenda-Setting, Fall 2006
PLSC / SOC 497 Research Fellowship in the Social Sciences, Spring 2006 (with John McCarthy).
PLSC 497 Public Policy and Agenda-Setting, Spring 2006
PLSC 497 Public Policy and Agenda-Setting, Fall 2005
PLSC / SOC 497 Research Fellowship in the Social Sciences, Spring 2004 (with John McCarthy). This course is especially suited to students interested in getting hands-on experience with an independent research project in the areas of public policy or social movements.
PLSC 501 Graduate Seminar in Research Design, Fall 2003
PLSC 596 Readings Course on Issue-Definition and Agenda-Setting, Summer 2003
PLSC/SOC 497B Research Fellowship in Political Science / Sociology, Fall 2002 - Spring 2003
PLSC 501 Graduate Seminar in Research Design, Fall 2002
PLSC 501 Graduate Seminar in Research Design, Fall 2001
PLSC 083S Freshman Seminar: Lobbying the Federal Government, Fall 2001
PLSC 540 Graduate Seminar in American National Institutions, Spring 2000
PLSC 197C Democracy in the United States and France, Fall 1999
updated: November 19, 2017