James T. LaPlant Portrait

James T. LaPlant

Dean of the Graduate School & Vice President for Research, Professor

  • PhD
    The University of Oklahoma

Dr. LaPlant has recently taught courses on Southern Culture and Politics, Conspiracy Theories in American Politics, and American Politics in the Age of Donald Trump.  Dr. LaPlant regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate course on quantitative research methods.  Dr. LaPlant’s research has dealt with topics ranging from policy diffusion to southern politics to political parties in the Czech Republic.   Dr. LaPlant is currently the Editor-in-Chief of SPUR: Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research.

Areas of Concentration

  • American Government and Politics
  • Quantitative Research Methods

Selected Publications

  • “Game Day Meets Election Day: Sports Records, Election Results, and the American South.”  Social Science Quarterly February 2017: 1-13 (co-authored with Keith Lee and Sydny Bryan)  DOI: 10.1111/ssqu.12356
  • “The Party Isn’t Over: An Analysis of the Communist Party in the Czech Republic.” The Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics September 2010: 363-388 (co-authored with Jiri  Lach, Jim Peterson and David Hill)
  • “Decentralization in the Czech Republic: The European Union, Political Parties, and the Creation of Regional Assemblies.” Publius: The Journal of Federalism Winter 2004: 35-51 (co-authored with Michael Baun, Jiri Lach, and Dan Marek)
  • “Faculty Perspectives on Support Staff in the Social Sciences.” Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly December 2003: 75-77
  • “State Support for Higher Education: A Political Economy Approach.” Policy Studies Journal Fall 2001: 359-371 (co-authored with David Morgan and Kenneth Kickham)
  • “State Lawsuits Against Big Tobacco: A Test of Diffusion Theory.” State and Local Government Review Spring 2000: 132-141 (co-authored with David Winder)