Ph.D. 2009. University of Maryland, Department of Government and Politics
M.A. 2002. Political Science, Western Washington University
American Government and Politics, Public Law, American Constitutionalism
Dr. Michael Evans is a full-time Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Georgia State University. He teaches undergraduate courses on American government, constitutional law, and research methods, and graduate courses on teaching politics and civics. His research examines numerous aspects of American constitutionalism, U.S. Supreme Court decision making, public opinion about the Supreme Court, and how various educational technologies and pedagogical approaches affect learning outcomes in face-to-face, online, and hybrid college courses. Dr. Evans is the lead coordinator of pre-law advising at GSU. In that role he conceived, created, and maintains PreLaw.GSU.edu, which provides advice for GSU students considering careers as lawyers, information about pre-law resources and advisers available across the university, and news about events and opportunities of relevance to GSU pre-law students. Dr. Evans is faculty adviser for the GSU Mock Trial Team, GSU Pre-Law Club, and for students majoring in Law and Society (through the Bachelor in Interdisciplinary Studies program). He is also the faculty adviser and lead recruiter for the Department of Political Science’s dual degree “4 + 1” program, which allows undergraduate Political Science majors with GPA’s of 3.5 or higher to take graduate courses during their senior year (with HOPE Scholarship covering tuition) and then to complete a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree only one year after completing their undergraduate Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. Dr. Evans is engaged in various projects developing educational resources for political and civic education. One such project is the creation of an interactive online textbook for introductory to American government courses entitled Understanding the American Way of Government and Politics (under contract with Kendall Hunt Publishing). Another ongoing project is Conlawpedia—a GSU-student-generated encyclopedia of the American Constitution. Since Fall of 2015, students in Dr. Evans’ courses have been working to produce articles for this highly informative, free online learning resource.
Dr. Evans holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Maryland. His exam fields at Maryland were American Government and Politics, Philosophy, and Public Policy. He received a BA from Western Washington University (WWU) in 1999, majoring in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and an MA from WWU in Political Science in 2001.
2016. “A Comparison of Online and Face-to-Face Approaches to Teaching Introduction to American Government.” Journal of Political Science Education. [with Toby Bolsen and Anna McCaghren Fleming]
2016. “The Twelfth Amendment.” In (Stephen L. Schechter editor) Encyclopedia of American Governance. Macmillan / Cengage Learning. Farmington Hills, MI.
2015. “The Reality of Jurisprudence(?): Interpretive Methods in the Opinions of Justices Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer.” Justice System Journal. [with Cynthia Cates and Wayne McIntosh]
2012. “Perpetuating the Myth of the Culture War Court? Issue Attention in Newspaper Coverage of U.S. Supreme Court Nominations.” American Politics Research 40(6): 1026-1066.” [with Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz]
2010. “Amicus Curiae Participation and Impact on U.S. Supreme Court Fifth Amendment Takings Decisions.” In (McIntosh and Laura Hatcher editors) Property Rights and Neo-liberalism: Cultural Demands and Legal Actions. Ashgate Press. Surrey, UK. [with Rebecca Thorpe, Wayne McIntosh, and Stephen Simon]