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, Fall 2014, Race, Innocence, and the Decline of the Death Penalty. (Course web page not available yet. Click here to see the speakers series associated with the course, however. This is by far the most interesting element of the course in any case!) Books to purchase for the course: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, I am Troy Davis, by Troy Davis, and The Last Lawyer, by John Temple) See the Fall 2014 version of the course below for a general idea of the course, and look here in January for the new course web site.
Political Science 490, Fall 2015, Advanced Seminar: The Death Penalty
Political Science 421, Spring 2015, Framing Public Policies
Political Scienc 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 Sutdy 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:
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.
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.) Anna and I are going to work on a revision of the thesis to submit as a journal article in the future. 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 is currently attending Duke Law School and working on their Innocence Project. With graduate student John Lovett, we submitted a revised version of BJ's thesis for publication to the journal Political Communication in April 2014.
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.
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. (Winner, Terry Sanford Award for the best honors thesis in political science, 2011.) Max and I published a paper in Policy Studies Journal based on this thesis and Max now works for a non-profit in Durham, NC, 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 and is currently (2013-15) the President of the UNC-Law Death Penalty Project.
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
A Reading List on Agenda Setting.
Can be useful for graduate students or others looking for a place to begin
reading on the topic. (Updated 1998)
A Big Bibliography.
A useful reference. This is a list of citations that I've compiled from
various publications, mostly my own. It includes the references included
in Basic Interests, Policy Dynamics, The Politics of
Attention, and other publications. It therefore covers the areas of
interest groups and public policy pretty well, with various other items
included. It is not exhaustive, but it is long and can be useful. CAUTION:
This bibliography is about 92 pages long. (Updated February 2005)
Some useful tips for undergraduates and others thinking about applying for professional school or graduate school. Includes links to useful web sites as well as a slide show with some pointers and suggestions. (Updated, October 1, 2008)
Some pointers and suggestions for graduate students
Examples of book proposals that I've written. These are just examples that might be useful for other authors thinking of proposing a book to a university press.
Agendas and Instability in American Politics (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993); proposal from 1991.
Basic Interests (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998); proposal from 1997.
updated: November 11, 2015