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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 Wall Street Journal Online following the appointment of Justice Sotomayor.  Authors of the recently-released book John Paul Stevens: An Independent Life also acknowledged Hemant for providing data used in their project. 

Hemant currently teaches Political Science 101, Introduction to American Government, as well as Political Science 330, Law in American Society, and Political Science 435, Criminal Law and Procedure.  The latter two courses are designed to give students from all disciplines an understanding of the American legal system, the U.S. Constitution, and major Supreme Court decisions.  Hemant has co-authored a textbook with Dr. John Scheb entitled An Introduction to the American Legal System, which was released by Wolters-Kluwer Publishing.  He also has two textbooks with Great River Learning, entitled An Introduction to Civil Rights and Liberties and Evolution of a Constitutional Republic: An Introduction to American Government.  His peer-reviewed publications include articles in Justice System Journal, Judicature, and Social Science Quarterly.      

From 2004 to 2014, Hemant also served as a member of the coaching staff for the University of Tennessee women's soccer team, which claimed three Southeastern Conference championships and reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen three times.  He coordinated the Lady Vols' involvement in TOPSOCCER, which is a soccer program for disabled athletes, and serves as a coaching director in FC Alliance, which is a local organization for youth soccer players.

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