Faculty Profile

Bethany Blackstone

Title
Associate Professor
Department
Honors College
College
University of North Texas
Associate Professor
Political Science
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

    

Education

PhD, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 2009.
Major: Political Science
MA, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 2007.
Major: Political Science
BA, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 2001.
Major: Political Science

Current Scheduled Teaching*

HNRS 3996.001, Honors College Mentored Research Experience, Fall 2021
HNRS 4200Z.001, Honors Experiential Learning Seminar, Fall 2021

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Previous Scheduled Teaching*

HNRS 4900.001, Special Problems, Summer 10W 2021
HNRS 4200Z.001, Honors Experiential Learning Seminar, Fall 2020
HNRS 4200Z.001, Honors Experiential Learning Seminar, Summer 10W 2020 Syllabus SPOT
HNRS 4951.704, Honors College Capstone Thesis, Spring 2020
HNRS 3500.001, Honors Thesis Proposal Development, Spring 2020
PSCI 2316.002, Honors US and Texas Constitutions and Institutions, Spring 2020
HNRS 1500.001, Introduction to Research : An Interdisciplinary Perspective, Spring 2020
PSCI 3110.001, The Legislative Process, Fall 2019 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 3210.001, The U.S. Supreme Court, Fall 2019 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 2306.001, US and Texas Constitutions and Institutions, Spring 3W1 2019 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 2306.801, US and Texas Constitutions and Institutions, Spring 3W1 2019 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 4951.003, Honors College Capstone Thesis, Fall 2018
PSCI 2316.001, Honors US and Texas Constitutions and Institutions, Fall 2018 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 2315.001, Honors US Political Behavior and Policy, Fall 2018 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 6900.600, Special Problems, Fall 2018
PSCI 2306.001, US and Texas Constitutions and Institutions, Summer 3W1 2018 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 2315.002, Honors US Political Behavior and Policy, Spring 2018 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 6930.720, Individual Research, Spring 2018
PSCI 4900.705, Special Problems, Spring 2018
PSCI 3210.001, The U.S. Supreme Court, Spring 2018 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 2316.001, Honors US and Texas Constitutions and Institutions, Fall 2017 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 3110.001, The Legislative Process, Fall 2017 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 3110.002, The Legislative Process, Fall 2017 SPOT
PSCI 1040.001, American Government: Laws and Institutions, Summer 3W1 2017 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 1040.002, American Government: Laws and Institutions, Spring 2017 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 4200.001, Constitutional Law: Powers of the Government, Spring 2017 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 6900.705, Special Problems, Spring 2017
PSCI 1041.001, Honors American Government, Fall 2016 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 3110.001, The Legislative Process, Fall 2016 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 1040.001, American Government: Laws and Institutions, Summer 5W2 2016 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 1040.001, American Government: Laws and Institutions, Spring 2016 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 4200.001, Constitutional Law: Discrimination and the Powers of the Government, Spring 2016 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 1040.101, American Government: Laws and Institutions, Fall 2015 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 5020.001, Proseminar in American Government and Politics, Fall 2015 SPOT
PSCI 4900.702, Special Problems, Fall 2015
PSCI 3110.001, The Legislative Process, Summer 5W2 2015 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 3110.001, The Legislative Process, Spring 2015 Syllabus
PSCI 3210.001, The U.S. Supreme Court, Spring 2015 Syllabus
PSCI 1040.010, American Government: Laws and Institutions, Fall 2014 Syllabus
PSCI 1040.101, American Government: Laws and Institutions, Fall 2014 Syllabus
PSCI 1040.102, American Government: Laws and Institutions, Fall 2014 Syllabus
PSCI 1040.103, American Government: Laws and Institutions, Fall 2014 Syllabus
PSCI 1040.001, American Government: Laws and Institutions, Summer 3W1 2014 Syllabus
PSCI 6900.706, Special Problems, Summer 10W 2014
PSCI 3200.001, The American Legal System, Spring 2014 Syllabus
PSCI 3110.001, The Legislative Process, Spring 2014 Syllabus
PSCI 5220.001, Proseminar in Public Law, Fall 2013
PSCI 1040.001, American Government: Laws and Institutions, Spring 2013 Syllabus
PSCI 4900.705, Special Problems, Spring 2013
PSCI 3210.001, The U.S. Supreme Court, Spring 2013 Syllabus
PSCI 1040.001, American Government: Laws and Institutions, Fall 2012 Syllabus
PSCI 3210.001, The U.S. Supreme Court, Fall 2012 Syllabus
PSCI 3210.001, The U.S. Supreme Court, Summer 5W1 2012
PSCI 1040.001, American Government: Laws and Institutions, Spring 2012 Syllabus
PSCI 1040.009, American Government: Laws and Institutions, Spring 2012 Syllabus
PSCI 1040.001, American Government: Laws and Institutions, Fall 2011 Syllabus
PSCI 5220.001, Proseminar in Public Law, Fall 2011
PSCI 4900.702, Special Problems, Fall 2011
PSCI 1040.001, American Government: Laws and Institutions, Summer 5W2 2011 Syllabus
PSCI 1040.001, American Government: Laws and Institutions, Spring 2011 Syllabus
PSCI 3210.001, The U.S. Supreme Court, Spring 2011 Syllabus
PSCI 1040.007, American Government: Laws and Institutions, Fall 2010 Syllabus
PSCI 3200.001, The American Legal System, Fall 2010 Syllabus
PSCI 1040.001, American Government: Laws and Institutions, Spring 2010
PSCI 3200.001, The American Legal System, Spring 2010
PSCI 3200.002, The American Legal System, Fall 2009

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Published Publications

Published Intellectual Contributions

Archived Data
Oldmixon, E. A., Blackstone, B. (2017). Replication Data for: Discourse and Dissonance: Religious Agendas in the 104th Congress. Harvard Dataverse.
Book Chapter
Blackstone, B. (2020). Judicial Selection. New Directions in Congressional Politics Research. New York, NY: Routledge.
Blackstone, B. (2019). Kisor v. Wilkie on Deference to Federal Agencies. SCOTUS 2019: Major Decisions and Developments of the U.S. Supreme Court. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Journal Article
Blackstone, B., Oldmixon, E. A., (2019). Simulating the Legislative Process with LegSim. Journal of Political Science Education. 15(2), 191-205.
Blackstone, B., Oldmixon, E. A. (2019). Specifications Grading in Political Science. Journal of Political Science Education. 15(2), 191-205.
Blackstone, B., Goelzhauser, G. (2019). Congressional Responses to the Supreme Court's Constitutional and Statutory Decisions. The Justice System Journal. 40(2), 91-109.
Blackstone, B., Oldmixon, E. A. (2015). Discourse and Dissonance: Religious Agendas in the 104th Congress. Research and Politics. 2(3), 1-8.
Blackstone, B., Gallagher, M. (2015). Taking Matters Into Their Own Hands: Presidents' Personality Traits and the Use of Executive Orders. Presidential Studies Quarterly. 45(2), 221-246.
Blackstone, B., Goelzhauser, G. (2014). Presidential Rhetoric Toward the Supreme Court. 92(4), 179-187.
Blackstone, B., Collins, P. (2014). Strategy and the Decision to Dissent on the U.S. Courts of Appeals. The Justice System Journal. 35(3), 269-286.
Blackstone, B., Matsabayashi, T., Oldmixon, E. A. (2014). Israeli Attitudes on Synagogue and State. Politics and Religion. 7(1), 122-147.
Blackstone, B. (2013). An Analysis of Policy-Based Congressional Responses to the U.S. Supreme Court's Constitutional Decisions.. Law & Society Review. 47(1), 199-228.
Giles, M. W., Blackstone, B., Vining, R. L. (2008). The Supreme Court in American Democracy: Unraveling the Linkages between Public Opinion and Judicial Decision-Making. Journal of Politics. 70(2), 293-306.

Awarded Grants

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Grant - Teaching
Blackstone, B. (Co-Principal), Greig, J. M. (Co-Principal), Oldmixon, E. A. (Principal), "Mentoring Grant: Innovative Pedagogies in the Social Sciences," Sponsored by Office of Faculty Success, University of North Texas, $5000 Funded. (2018).
Sponsored Research
Blackstone, B. (Co-Principal), "Anticipation and Retaliation: The Impact of the Supreme Court on Congressional Decision-Making," Sponsored by National Science Foundation, Federal, $7680 Funded. (20072008).
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    • The course content was
    • The instructor’s contribution to the course was
    • The instructor’s effectiveness in teaching the subject matter was
  • Challenge and Engagement Index:
    This rating combines student responses to several SPOT items relating to how academically challenging students found the course to be and how engaged they were. Challenge and Engagement Index items include the following (response options include a Likert scale ranging from 7 = Much higher, 4 = Average, and 1 = Much lower):
    • Do you expect your grade in this course to be
    • The intellectual challenge presented was
    • The amount of effort you put into this course was
    • The amount of effort to succeed in this course was
    • Your involvement in course (doing assignments, attending classes, etc.) was
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