Cole D. Taratoot

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(205) 934-2339
Heritage Hall 413

Research Interests: Administrative law, public administration, public law, judicial politics, bureaucratic politics, administrative law judges

Office Hours: M/W 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.; and by appointment

Education:
  • BS, University of West Georgia, 1999
  • MPA, University of West Georgia, 2001
  • PhD, Georgia State University, 2008

Dr. Taratoot was born in Atlanta, Georgia. His research focuses on the federal judiciary, bureaucracy, and public law with a specialty in administrative law. Previously an assistant professor at Western Kentucky University and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Western Washington University, he has taught many courses, including criminal procedure, constitutional law, civil rights and liberties, law and society, American government, and statistics.

Dr. Taratoot primarily relies upon quantitative analysis and methodology in his research. His dissertation, "Administrative Law Judge Decision Making in a Political Environment: 1991–2007," won a National Science Foundation dissertation improvement grant and consisted of an original data set of over 11,000 observations. Research from his dissertation has been published in American Politics Research (co-authored with Robert Howard, Georgia State University) and is forthcoming in the Journal of Public Administrative Research and Theory. Dr. Taratoot is currently constructing a database consisting of administrative law judge (ALJ) decisions and biographical information across all federal agencies employing ALJs, including the Social Security Administration and the Federal Communications Commission.

In his spare time, Dr. Taratoot enjoys spending time with his cats (Izzy and Joe) and bowling, and playing tennis, poker, and golf.


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  • Ronald Kleinknecht Excellence in Teaching Award, Western Washington University, 2012
  • Nominated for the Pi Sigma Alpha award for the best conference paper, Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, 2012
  • Nominated for Patrick J. Fett Award for the best paper on the scientific study of Congress and the Presidency, Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, 2006
  • Recipient of the League of Women Voter’s Lee Walsh Award for Public Service, 2001