Dr. Robert Botsch
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Carolina Trustee Professor

Contact Information

Political Science

Additional Information


PhD, Political Science, U.N.C. Chapel Hill, 1977

MA, Political Science, U.N.C. Chapel Hill, 1975

BS, Applied Mathematics and Physics, N.C. State U., 1968

Professional Memberships

Selected Service Activities:

Faculty Assembly Parliamentarian for several terms

Chair of Welfare Committee and co-author of Faculty Salary Plan

USCA Golf Coach, 1982-3

Advisor: Social and Behavioral Science Club, College Democrats, College Republicans, Political Science Club

Chair of Social Science and Business Research Lab

President of AAUP chapter at USCA, 2002

Honors and Awards

USCA Teaching Excellence Award, 1987-8 and 1995-6

USC System Professor of the Year, 1987-8

CASE S.C. Professor of the Year and National Gold Medal Winner, 1987-8

USC Aiken Scholarly Activity Award, 1992-3

USC Aiken Service Award, 1989-90

Carolina Trustees Professor, 2003

Grew Endowed Chair in American Studies, 2003

Research Interests

Co-editing an online encyclopedia on African-Americans and S.C. with Carol Botsch

Interest groups in South Carolina

Public opinion in Aiken County

Political socialization of college students

Teaching Experiences

Instructor, U.N.C. Chapel Hill, 1976-77

Assistant Professor, Illinois State University, 1977-78

Assistant, Associate, and Professor, UofSC Aiken, 1978-2015

Teaching Areas

American politics and institutions, southern politics, South Carolina politics, research methods, public opinion


We Shall Not Overcome, University of North Carolina Press, 1980.

Organizing the Breathless, University of Kentucky Press, 1993.

African-Americans and the Palmetto State, co-author, a social studies text for the S.C. Department of Education, 1994.

Government's Role in the Future of S.C., monograph prepared for the S.C. Assembly
on the Future, co-chaired by the Governor and Lt. Governor of S.C., 1988.

Five on-line textbooks

Textbook chapters, scholarly articles, research reports

Over $300,000 in small grants, most of which went to students and equipment