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John M. Scheb II

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B.A., Political Science, University of Florida.
M.A., Political Science, University of Florida.
Ph. D., Political Science, University of Florida.

John Scheb is Professor of Political Science and Faculty Fellow in the Howard Baker Center for Public Policy. During his thirty-two years at UT, Dr. Scheb has served as Head, Associate Head, Director of Graduate Studies and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Political Science Department. He also has served as Director of UTís Social Science Research Institute, and Chair of the Legal Studies Program.  Professor Scheb teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in American government, constitutional law, civil rights and liberties, administrative law, criminal law and procedure, the judicial process, and law in American society.  He has authored or co-authored numerous articles in professional journals, including the Journal of Politics, American Politics Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Law and Policy, Judicature, State and Local Government Review, Social Science Quarterly, Political Behavior, Politics and Policy and the Tennessee Law Review. Professor Scheb has also authored or co-authored a number of books, including American Constitutional Law, 6th edition (2014); Criminal Law and Procedure, 8th edition (2013); An Introduction to the American Legal System, 3rd edition (2012), American Government: Politics and Political Culture, 4th edition (2006); Government and Politics in Tennessee (2002); and Law and the Administrative Process (2005). He is also coeditor of An Encyclopedia of American Constitutional Rights and Liberties (2007). Proficient in survey research, Dr. Scheb has also served as a consultant to numerous government agencies, political candidates, corporations, attorneys, interest groups and other nongovernmental organizations.


Hemant Sharma

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B.A., Cornell University
Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Dr. Hemant Sharma is a graduate of Cornell University, where he was a member of the Deanís List and winner of the prestigious James E. Rice Writing Prize, granted annually to the top essay composed in all writing seminars at Cornell.  He also earned All-Ivy League honors while serving as the goalkeeper for the nationally-ranked men's soccer team, leading the squad into the NCAA Tournament and setting a school record for shutouts during his senior year.  He went on to play professional soccer for five years.  He arrived in Knoxville, Tennessee in 2004, and completed his PhD in Political Science in 2009.  He passed comprehensive exams in the fields of Public Administration and American Government, earning distinction in both fields.  He was also the first recipient of the University of Tennesseeís Otis Stephens Fellowship. His dissertation was entitled "The Sword, The Purse and the Gavel: Institutional Influences on the Behavior of Supreme Court Justices."  Statistical models from his dissertation were discussed in the Knoxville News Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal Online following the appointment of Justice Sotomayor. Authors of the recently-released John Paul Stevens: An Independent Life also acknowledged Hemant for providing data used in their project. Over the past seven years, Sharma has also served as an assistant coach for the University of Tennessee womenís soccer team, which has captured five Southeastern Conference championships.  He coordinates the Lady Vols' involvement in TOPSOCCER, which is a soccer program for disabled athletes, and also serves as a coaching director in FC Alliance, which is a local organization for youth soccer players.  Sharma currently teaches Political Science 330, "Law in American Society," a course designed to give students from all disciplines an introduction to the legal system, the Constitution, and major Supreme Court decisions. Sharma is now pursuing the J.D. at the University of Tennessee College of Law.