James M Curry portrait
  • Associate Professor, Political Science Department

Professional Service

  • Midwest Political Science Association. Section Head for annual conference - Legislative Studies. 12/15/2017 - 04/08/2018
  • American Political Science Association, Legislative Studies Section. Role: Chair. Alan Rosenthal Prize Committee. 01/01/2017 - 06/01/2017
  • American Political Science Association, Legislative Studies Section. Secretary/Treasurer. 09/03/2015 - 09/06/2019
  • Utah Chapter, Scholar Strategy Network. Role: Co-Director. Co-Director. 05/01/2015 - present
  • American Political Science Association, Legislative Studies Section. Discussant, inaugural Legislative Studies Virtual Workshop. 12/09/2014 - 12/09/2014
  • American Political Science Association, Legislative Studies Section. Role: Member. Carl Albert Dissertation Award Committee. 01/01/2013 - 04/01/2013

Internal Service

  • American Politics / Law & Courts tenure-track search committee. Member, 08/01/2018 - 12/01/2018. Department service.
  • Political Science Strategic Hiring Committee. member, 01/31/2018 - 06/01/2018. Department service.
  • Political Research Colloquium committee. Member, 08/15/2017 - present. Department service.
  • Special UROP Awards Review Committee. Member, 08/15/2017 - present. University service.
  • Distinguished Scholarship Endorsement Committee. Member, 04/01/2017 - present. University service.
  • Political Science Strategic Hiring Committee. Member, 01/01/2016 - 06/30/2016. Department service.
  • Hinckley Journal of Politics. Faculty advisor, 12/01/2015 - 01/31/2016. Other service.
  • Society, Water, and Climate cluster, Social Science search committee. Member, 07/01/2015 - 06/30/2016. College service.
  • Visiting American Politics Position Search Committee. Member, 01/01/2014 - 05/31/2014. Department service.
  • University Teaching Assistantships Selection Committee. Member, 03/22/2013 - 04/30/2013. University service.
  • Hinckley Journal of Politics. faculty advisor, 12/01/2012 - 01/31/2013. Other service.

Community Partnership

  • Huntsman Seminar on Constitutional Government for Teachers. 06/18/2018 - 06/18/2018
  • Huntsman Seminar on Constitutional Government for Teachers. 06/12/2017 - 06/12/2017
  • Huntsman Seminar on Constitutional Government for Teachers, participant. 06/13/2016 - 06/17/2016
  • As co-director of the Utah Chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network I conduct frequent outreach to elected officials and policy advocates in the State of Utah and Salt Lake City to connect them with local and national scholars and scholarship to help them develop and push for public policies. In addition, we plan lectures and events on campus that connect scholars with those in the community working in public policy and advocacy. Below is a list of such events with descriptions: (1) “Making Sense of the 2016 Elections” (October 2016) Along with Tabitha Benney, I helped organized a one-day symposium co-hosted by the Utah chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network, the Hinckley Institute, and the Department of Political Science featuring speakers and panels on various issue surrounding the 2016 presidential election. The panels took place on campus in the Student Union and featured from the University of Utah, other universities around the country, and politicians and policy advocates from the state of the Utah. (2) “Inequality in Utah and Beyond” (March 2016) Along with Tabitha Benney, I helped organized a one-day symposium co-hosted by the Utah chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network, the Hinckley Institute, and the Department of Political Science, featuring speakers and panels on various topics related to inequality in Utah and the United States. The panels, which took place on campus and downtown, featured participants from the University of Utah, other universities around the country, and politicians and policy advocates from the state of the Utah and Salt Lake City. 07/01/2015 - present
  • Huntsman Seminar on Constitutional Government for Teachers, participant. 06/15/2015 - 06/19/2015

Honors & Awards

  • Faculty Recognition Award. Career & Professional Development Center, University of Utah, 04/13/2018
  • Alan Rosenthal Prize (for Legislating in the Dark). American Political Science Association, 09/02/2016
  • Congressional Research Grant. Dirksen Center, 05/01/2015
  • Betty Glad Memorial Funds. Political Science, University of Utah, 04/2014
  • Carl Albert Dissertation Award. American Political Science Association, 08/2012
  • E.E. Schattschneider Dissertation Award. American Political Science Association, 08/2012

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