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Carl Cavalli, Ph.D.

Carl Cavalli
Title: Professor, Political Science
Phone: 706-864-1872
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Office: Hansford Hall 338, Dahlonega
Website: http://faculty.ung.edu/ccavalli/
Areas of Expertise: American National Institutions, Political Parties, Elections

Overview

Dr. Carl D. Cavalli came to North Georgia College (as it was then known) in 1993 after a year at Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis), and five years at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He received a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from the State University of New York College at Oneonta, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His professional and teaching interests lie in the areas of the presidency, Congress, political parties and federal elections.

Dr. Cavalli has produced several publications, including a book on the presidency, and several chapters in an American Government text he co-edited. He was part of a team that developed the award-winning University System of Georgia eCore™ online American Government course. He also wrote and edited several segments of the University System's American government telecourse. He has received research grants from University System of Georgia and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, and has been formally recognized by students and by the NGCSU Student Government Association for his teaching and service. In the real world, he worked on the successful 1986 campaign of U.S. Rep. David Price (D-NC). He has appeared on radio and television as an election analyst and is regularly interviewed local and national media.

Courses Taught

  • POLS 1101: Introduction to American Government; POLS 2101: Introduction to Political Science
  • POLS 3122: Political Parties and Elections; POLS 3123: Road to the White House;
  • POLS 3124: Road to Congress
  • POLS 4110: The United States Congress; POLS 4111: The American Presidency;
  • POLS 4113: The Legislative Process
  • POLS 4470: Senior Seminar in Political Science

Education

  • Ph. D., Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999
  • M.A., Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1986
  • B.A., Political Science/Psychology, State University of New York, College at Oneonta, 1981

Research/Special Interests

My professional interests lie in the areas of the Presidency, Congress, the legislative process, political parties, elections, and political behavior.

Publications

Books

  • Presidential Legislative Activity: Using Quantifiable Measures To Explore Leadership In the American System. (2006). Latham, MD: University Press of America.
  • Editor. The Basics of American Government, third edition. (2017). Dahlonega, GA: University of North Georgia Press. Co-author (with Barry Friedman) of chapter 5 (Interest Groups); Author of chapters 6 (Parties & Elections), 7 (Congress), 8 (Presidency).

Articles

  • Quantitative Biography: A “Cliometric” Approach to Presidential Studies. (June 2000). Southeastern Political Review. 28 (2). 265-294.
  • Presidential Power and “Midcentury Conditions”: An Analytical Essay Remembering Richard Neustadt and Reevaluating His Ideas. (2013). Questions in Politics. 1. 91-108.
  •  Two Matters of Choice in the 21st Century: George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and the Legacy of Richard Neustadt. (2015). Questions in Politics. 3. 37-54.

Encyclopedia Entries

  • Bureaucracy. (February 2008). Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Summit Meetings. (February 2008). Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World. New York: Oxford University Press

Online Lessons

  • Congress. (2001). Lesson 9 in POLS 1101: American Government, University System of Georgia eCoreTM
  • The Presidency. (2001). Lesson 10 in POLS 1101: American Government, University System of Georgia eCoreTM
  • The Federal Court System. (2001). Lesson 12 in POLS 1101: American Government, University System of Georgia eCoreTM

Video Segments

  • Writer and editor for Presidential Elections. (2000). Lesson 12 in POLS 1101: American Government, University System of Georgia G.L.O.B.E.
  • Writer and editor for Congressional Elections. (2000). Lesson 13 in POLS 1101: American Government, University System of Georgia G.L.O.B.E.
  • Writer and editor for Congress. (2000). Lesson 14 in POLS 1101: American Government, University System of Georgia G.L.O.B.E.
  • Writer and editor for The Legislative Process. (2000). Lesson 15 in POLS 1101: American Government, University System of Georgia G.L.O.B.E.
  • Writer and editor for Congress and the President. (2000). Lesson 16 in POLS 1101: American Government, University System of Georgia G.L.O.B.E.
  • Writer and editor for The Presidency. (2000). Lesson 17 in POLS 1101: American Government, University System of Georgia G.L.O.B.E.
  • Writer and editor for Due Process of Law. (2000). Lesson 24 in POLS 1101: American Government, University System of Georgia G.L.O.B.E.

Work Experience

  • 1987-1992: Adjunct, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • 1992-1993: Visiting Assistant Professor, Memphis State University (now Univ. of Memphis)
  • 1993-1994: Visiting Assistant Professor, North Georgia College
  • 1994-2005: Assistant Professor, North Georgia College & State University (’94-7: NGC)
  • 2006-2011: Associate Professor, North Georgia College & State University
  • 2011-present: Professor, University of North Georgia at Dahlonega

Personal Information

Outside of school, he enjoys playing tennis and watching major league baseball and college basketball. He also regularly watches Seinfeld and The Daily Show (and occasionally a good Hitchcock film) with his wife Bonnie (Dr. Robinson in the UNG English Department), and their cats Ella and Earl.

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