Aaron King

Aaron King

Assistant Professor, Department of Public and International Affairs
University of North Carolina, Wilmington

Teaching Areas: American Political Institutions (Parties, Presidency, and Congress), Congressional Organization, Procedure, Elections, Ambition, Public Opinion, Politics and Film, Statistical Methods, Social Media, and Research Design

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                        Public Choice

                        American Journal of Political Science

                        Political Research Quarterly

                        Legislative Studies Quarterly


                        CQ Press


American Political Science Association

-Legislative Organized Section

-Political Methodology Organized Section

                        Midwest Political Science Association

                        Southern Political Science Association

                        Western Political Science Association

                        North Carolina Political Science Association


Alycia Kokos, Honors Thesis, Committee Co-Chair, UNCW, 2015-2016

Seth Penwell, Independent Study on Advanced Research Methods, Spring 2015

Honors Lyceum in Washington, DC, Fall 2014

Instructor, College Day, Fall 2014

Faculty Research Presentation, Poli Sci Days, Fall 2015

                        Interview, Dr. Jungkun Seo, on Determinants of Quality Legislation in US Congress

“Seahawk Saturday”, Representative for the Department of Public and International Affairs, Fall 2014

                        Dakota Cary, Independent Study on Advanced Research Methods, Spring 2014

                        Honors Spring Showcase, Fall 2013

                        Assist in Creation of Campaign Management Minor, Fall 2013

                        “Campaign Advertising in the United States”, Poli Sci Days, Fall 2013

                        “Polarization in American Politics”, Poli Sci Days, Fall 2013

                        “Taking Chance”, Poli Sci Days, Documentary Host, Fall 2013

                        Department Curriculum Committee, 2013-2015

                        Department Scholarship Committee, 2012-2015

                        Political Science Days Committee, 2014-2015

                        Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honors Fraternity), Faculty Advisor

“Talking Graduate School with Graduate Students, Poli Sci Days, Panel Chair, Fall 2012

                         “War Room”, Poli Sci Days, Documentary Host, Fall 2012

                        Anna Sherer, Independent Study on the American Presidency, UNCW, Spring 2013

                        Evan Arant, Honors Thesis, Committee Chair, UNCW, 2012-2013

Search Committee for Tenure Track Faculty Line in American Politics, Ex-Officio Member, Fall 2012


Executive Board Member, At large, 2012-2016

Scholarship Committee for Best Graduate Student Paper, Chair, 2015

Scholarship Committee for Best Papers, Chair, 2014


Various Media Interviews and Mentions – NPR, News14 Carolina, WECT, WWAY, Star News, News and Observer, The Daily Signal, The Seahawk (some selections below)                 

“Republican Tide Sweeps Over N.C., but Local Vote Tells Different Story.”  Gareth McGrath.  Star News, Wilmington, NC.  November 5, 2014. 

“’I Won the Debate Big Time’: Libertarian Pizza Driver Says He Delivers Authenticity in Senate Race.”  Josh Siegell.  The Daily Signal, Washington, DC.  October 10, 2014. 

“Interesting Dynamic for Haugh in Third Debate for NC’s US Senate seat.”  News and Observer, Raleigh, NC, October 9, 2014.

“Port City violence is everyone’s problem.”  Op-Ed, Star News, Wilmington, NC.  December 26, 2013.

“UNCW forum examines recent spate of gun violence.”  Adam Wagner, Star News, Wilmington, NC, November 14, 2013.

“Gun & Gang forum at UNCW.”  WECT Online, November 14, 2013. 

“Out of State Students Need A Voter ID in 2016.”  Evan Amezcua, The Seahawk, UNCW, September 13, 2013. 

“UNCW hosts forum on Syria.”  Panel highlighted on WWAY News, Wilmington, NC, September 13, 2013.

“Rep Ken Spaulding eyes North Carolina executive.”  Abhi Shah, Duke Chronicle, Duke University, Durham, NC, September 5, 2013. 

“Lobbyists forge campaigns to sway public opinion.”  Molly Parker, Star News, Wilmington, NC, June 2, 2013. 

“Inside the Ballot Box: Unaffiliated voters – no party loyalty – poised to drive future elections.”  Julian March and Ashley Withers, Star News, Wilmington, NC, January 4, 2013. 

“NC straight ticket voting dates to Civil Rights era.”  Jim Ware, Star News, Wilmington, NC, November 17, 2012. 

“Recount possible in Seventh District NC House race.”  Television interview with News 14 Carolina, November 7, 2012.

“Election Night Recap,” in studio radio interview with WHQR, NPR affiliate in Wilmington, NC, November 6, 2012.   

“Wilmington minority voting bloc part of SD 8; experts weigh opportunity or disenfranchisement.”  Phone interview with Rachel Hilburn for WHQR, NPR affiliate in Wilmington, NC, November 5, 2012. 

“Local voters have been busy early.”  Patrick Gannon, Star News, Wilmington, NC, November 3, 2012. 

“Fact Checking and the American Voter.”  Megan Henry, The Seahawk, UNCW, October 22, 2012


“Rational Choice Institutionalism.”  Public Policy Analysis.  Dr. Jessice Weinkle                 

“Fundamental Equation of Politics.”  UNCW College Day, Fall 2014. 

“Gun Violence Forum”.  UNCW Department of Public and International Affairs.  With Craig Burnett, Cecil Willis, Donyell Roseboro.  Coordinator and Moderator, Fall 2013

“Forum on Syria”.  UNCW Department of Public and International Affairs, With Herb Berg, Daniel Masters, and Paige Tan.  Panelist, Fall 2013.

“Creating a Critical Learning Environment.”  UNCW Center for Teaching Excellence.  Panelist, November 6, 2013.

“Political Science and the 2012 Presidential Election.”  UNCW Board of Visitors, October 5, 2012