Georgia Persons


Member Of:
  • School of Public Policy
  • Development Studies Program
Office Location: DM Smith 209


Dr. Georgia Persons is a Professor in the School of Public Policy. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At MIT, her major professors included Walter Dean Burnham, Michael Lipsky, and the late Jeffrey Pressman. At the doctoral level she specialized in American Government and Politics, Urban Politics and Policy, and Political development. Her PhD dissertation was titled: "Atlanta: Black Mayoral Leadership and the Dynamics of Political Change", which was an assessment of the first term of the mayoralty of Maynard Jackson, Atlanta's first black mayor.

  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Political Science
  • B.A., Southern University, Louisiana, Political Science
Awards and
  • Ford Foundation Fellow
  • American Political Science Association Fellow
  • Member and Trustee, Atlanta Metro Group
Areas of
  • African American Politics
  • American National Government
  • Health Disparities
  • National Institutional Processes


Research Fields:
  • Policy Process, Leadership, and Pre-Law
  • Program Evaluation, Public Management and Administration
  • Health
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Inequality, Inequity, and Social Justice
  • Politics


  • POL-1101: Government of the U.S.
  • PUBP-3210: US Health Policy
  • PUBP-3214: African-Amer Politics
  • PUBP-4843: Special Topics
  • PUBP-6018: Policy Implement & Admin
  • PUBP-8813: Special Topics
  • PUBP-8823: Special Topics