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Michael Evans

Lecturer    , ,
Education

Ph.D. 2009. University of Maryland, Department of Government and Politics
M.A. 2002. Political Science, Western Washington University

Specializations

American Politics, American Constitutionalism, Scholarship of Civics Teaching and Learning

Biography

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 conceived, created, and maintains PreLaw.GSU.edu, which is the university’s central information hub for GSU students considering careers as lawyers. The website provides 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 a faculty adviser for Vote Everywhere at GSU, and  is engaged in various projects developing educational resources for political and civic education. One such project is an interactive and adaptive online textbook for introductory to American government courses entitled Understanding the American Way of Government and Politics (2016, 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.