Professor and Chair

Biography

Dr. Chapman Rackaway serves the University of West Georgia as Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science.  Dr. Rackaway’s teaching and scholarly interests focus on the intersection of republican democracy and professional electioneering.  Dr. Rackaway teaches classes in Political Parties, Political Campaign Management, Interest Groups and Lobbying, and Campaign Finance.  

Dr. Rackaway has published more than twenty articles and book chapters as well as six books.  Rackaway is the author of Civic Failure and its Threat to American Democracy: Operator Error (Lexington Press 2016) co-editor of Parties Under Pressure (Palgrave 2017) as well as other books on American politics, political communication, and voting behavior.  

Dr. Rackaway’s professional portfolio can be found here: chapmanrackaway.com

Education / Degrees

  • B.A., Bachelors, Millikin University, 1993
  • M.A., Master's, University of Missouri, 1995
  • Ph.D., Doctorate, University of Missouri, 2002
  • Courses Taught
  • Course Sections and Syllabi

    Fall 2019 Sections

    • POLS-3110 (Political Parties) Section: 01

    Summer 2019 Sections

    • POLS-2201 (State & Local Government) Section: E01

    Spring 2019 Sections

    • POLS-3103 (Media and Politics) Section: 01
    • POLS-4200 (Principles of Public Admin) Section: 51E

    Fall 2018 Sections

    • POLS-4984 (Senior Seminar) Section: E01
    • POLS-4984 (Political Campaign MGNT) Section: E02
    • POLS-4984 (Senior Seminar) Section: 01 Download Syllabus [DOC]

    Spring 2018 Sections

    • POLS-1101 (American Government) Section: 06
  • Skills and Resources

    Political Parties

    I am a scholar whose agenda examines the strategies of political party organizations. I am available to discuss tactics, fundraising, candidate recruitment, party conventions, and any topic related to local, state or national party politics.

    Campaign Politics

    My research and teaching have been focused on campaigning and campaign strategy. I am available to discuss campaigns from the candidate recruitment/decision level to voting results.