Marissa  Grayson
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Coordinator, Judge L. Scott Coogler U.S. District Court Fellowships
Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Political Science
Office: Beeson Hall 202
Email: mgrayson@samford.edu
Phone: 205-726-2163

A native of Chicago, Ill., Marissa Grayson earned a bachelor's degree in political science at the University of Southern California, and earned master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Florida. She came to  Samford as an assistant for the debate program and an instructor at the Summer Debate Institute. She was then offered a teaching position in the political science department. What she enjoys most about Samford is the interaction with students and the emphasis placed on faculty-student relationships. Grayson says she likes how students at Samford are inquisitive and motivated, and how they want to be challenged inside and outside of the classroom. She says one of the most rewarding experiences of her first year at Samford was creating a special topics course called Education Politics. Grayson has served as Co-Chair of the 2011 Alabama Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Model United Nations Faculty  Advisor, Assistant Debate Coach, Chair of a Search Committee and Lecturer and Director of Debate.She is a member of the Board of Directors: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Alabama Chapter Co-Chair: Birmingham “Out of Darkness”, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Annual Walk, and Junior Executive Board Member and Mission/Advocacy Chair: Birmingham American Cancer Society.

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Grayson enjoys politics,community service, travel and college football.

Degrees and Certifications

  • B.A. University of Southern California
  • M.A. University of Florida
  • Ph.D. University of Florida

Expertise

  • American Institutions
  • Public Policy
  • Education Politics

Awards and Honors

  • Best Graduate Student Paper presented at the 2008 FloridaPolitical Science annual meeting, for paper “Is Time on Their Side?Understanding the Relationship between Presidents and the House of Representativesover Time.”
  • Department of Political Science Research/Travel Award, University of Florida, 2009
  • Department of Political Science GraduateStudent Travel Grant, University of Florida, 2009
  • Matthew Grindy OutstandingGraduate Assistant Coach Award, Cross Examination Debate Association
  • National Championship, 2008
  • Graduate Student Council Travel Grant,University of Florida
  •  Graduate Student Council Travel Grant,University of Florida, 2008
  • Department of Political Science Graduate StudentTravel Grant, University of Florida, 2007
  • Prestage-Cook Travel Award, SouthernPolitical Science Association, 2007
  • Department of Political Science GraduateStudent Travel Grant, University of Florida, 2007
  • Debate Graduate Assistant ofthe Year, Southeast Region of the Cross Examination Debate Association, 2006

Presentations

  • The Alabama Constitution: HowPublic Opinion and Interest Group Politics Impact Reform.”
  • Presented at SouthernPolitical Science Association Conference in New Orleans, LA (2011).
  • “Fighting Back: Attack and Response in Political Campaigns.”Co-authored with Stephen Craig and Paulina Rippere, from University of Florida.Presented at the American PoliticalScience Association Conference in Washington, DC (2010).
  • “Opposition by the States: How Negative Responses to the No ChildLeft Behind Act has Impacted the Reauthorization of the Elementary andSecondary Education Act.” Poster presented at the American Political Science Association Conference in Washington, DC(2010).
  • “A Race Against Time: Does Time Determine PresidentialPolicymaking Effectiveness?” Presented at the Southern Political Science Association Conference in Atlanta, GA(2010).
  • “A Response to Failed Implementation: Why No Child Left Behind HasNot Been Reauthorized.” Presented at the MidwestPolitical Science Association Conference in Chicago, IL (2009).
  • “Partisan Concerns of a Bipartisan Bill: Explaining No Child LeftBehind.” Presented at the MidwestPolitical Science Association Conference in Chicago, IL (2008).
  • “Is Time on Their Side? Understanding the Relationship BetweenPresidents and the House of Representatives Over Time.” Presented at the Florida Political Science AssociationConference in St. Petersburg, FL (2008).
  • “What Makes a President Quack? Understanding Lame-Duck Status inthe Eyes of Policymakers and Media.” Presented at the American Political Science Association Conference in Chicago, IL(2007).
  • “What Makes a President Quack? Understanding Lame-Duck Status.”Presented at the Southern PoliticalScience Association Conference in New Orleans, LA (2007).“The MediumMatters: Media Types and Media Learning.” Chair and Discussant at the Southern Political Science AssociationConference in New Orleans, LA (2007).
  • “No Child Left Behind or No Child Left a Dime? Failures of a BipartisanBill.” Presented at the University ofFlorida College of Education’s Closing the Achievement Gap through PartnershipsConference in St. Petersburg, FL (2007).
  • “Speech and Debate: A University/Public School Partnership forClosing the Achievement Gap.” Panelist at the University of Florida College of Education’s Closing the AchievementGap through Partnerships Conference in St. Petersburg, FL (2007).

Involvement

  • Alabama Political Science Association
  • AmericanPolitical Science Association
  • MidwestPolitical Science Association
  • SouthernPolitical Science Association