Taratoot - August 2015

Cole Taratoot, Ph.D.


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Cole D. Taratoot is an assistant professor in the department of political science at the University of Miami. Dr. Taratoot teaches courses in the MPA program and the undergraduate political science program.  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 the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Western Washington University where he won the Ronald Kleinknecht Excellence in Teaching award, he has taught many courses, including criminal procedure, constitutional law, civil rights and liberties, law and society, law in film, research methods, political parties and interest groups, American government, bureaucratic politics, equity and diversity in public administration, administrative law, and quantitative methods for public administrators.  Dr. Taratoot completed his PhD in political science at Georgia State University in 2008. 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. His research has been published in Public Administration Research (co-authored with David Nixon, University of Hawaii), American Politics Research (co-authored with Robert Howard, Georgia State University), Journal of Public Administrative Research and Theory, and Law & Policy. Dr. Taratoot is currently constructing a database consisting of administrative law judge (ALJ) decisions and biographical information across all federal agencies employing ALJs, including, but not limited to, the Social Security Administration, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission. His research combines the attitudinal model from judicial politics research with research on bureaucratic decision making to investigate whether the personal political ideology of administrative law judges plays a role in adjudicatory decision making in federal agencies and whether political principals play a role in influencing adjudicatory outcomes.



Administrative law, public administration, public law, judicial politics, bureaucratic politics, administrative law judges