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Hemant SharmaHemant Sharma



Dr. Sharma's Vita



Dr. Hemant Sharma is a graduate of Cornell University, where he was a member of the Dean's List and winner of the prestigious James E. Rice Writing Prize, granted annually to the top essay composed in all writing seminars at Cornell.  He also earned All-Ivy League honors while serving as the goalkeeper for the nationally-ranked men's soccer team, leading the squad into the NCAA Tournament and setting a school record for shutouts during his senior year.  He went on to play professional soccer for five years.  He arrived in Knoxville, Tennessee in 2004, and completed his PhD in Political Science in 2009.  He passed comprehensive exams in the fields of Public Administration and American Government, earning distinction in both fields.  He was also the first recipient of the University of Tennessee's Otis Stephens Fellowship. His dissertation was entitled "The Sword, The Purse and the Gavel: Institutional Influences on the Behavior of Supreme Court Justices."  Statistical models from his dissertation were discussed in the Knoxville News Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal Online following the appointment of Justice Sotomayor. Authors of the recently-released John Paul Stevens: An Independent Life also acknowledged Hemant for providing data used in their project. Over the past seven years, Sharma has also served as an assistant coach for the University of Tennessee women's soccer team, which has captured five Southeastern Conference championships.  He coordinates the Lady Vols' involvement in TOPSOCCER, which is a soccer program for disabled athletes, and also serves as a coaching director in FC Alliance, which is a local organization for youth soccer players.  Sharma currently teaches Political Science 330, "Law in American Society," a course designed to give students from all disciplines an introduction to the legal system, the Constitution, and major Supreme Court decisions. Sharma is now pursuing the J.D. at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

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