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The Military College of South Carolina


Scott Buchanan

Dr. Buchanan is a professor of political science and the Executive Director of The Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics. He is the author of Some of the People Who Ate My Barbecue Didn't Vote for Me, the only published biography of Georgia Governor Marvin Griffin, who was a member of The Citadel Class of 1929.

His most recent book is a collaborative work with Dr. Charles S. Bullock, III and Dr. Ronald K. Gaddie. The book brings attention to the infamous 1947 "three governors" controversy: The Three Governors Controversy: Skullduggery, Machinations, and the Decline of Georgia's Progressive Politics

Dr. Buchanan has also written articles on realignment in Southern politics and has been involved in oral histories of Georgia political figures of the 1950s and 1960s. In addition, Dr. Buchanan is a past president of the Georgia Political Science Association.

Dr. Buchanan is the 2015 recipient of the James A. Grimsley Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. He teaches Southern politics, state and local government, political institutions, and elections. He is frequently interviewed by the national media including, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and NPR, as well as a variety of state and regional media outlets. 


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Ph.D. (University of Oklahoma)
M.A. (Auburn University)
A.B. (University of Georgia)

Vita:  Dr Buchanan's Vita

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