Dr. Michael Binford retired in May 2008, after more than three decades of service to the Department of Political Science at Georgia State University. Since joining the Department in 1977, Dr. Binford published research articles in such journals as Political Psychology and Political Methodology and multiple book chapters on elections and Georgia politics. He presented his research at professional conferences across the country, including the American Political Science Association and the Midwest, Southern, and Georgia political science associations. Dr. Binford taught literally thousands of students at undergraduate and graduate levels in American government, public opinion, political communication, Southern politics, electoral behavior, and campaign organization. Binford served with distinction as the Department’s Director of Graduate Studies from 1993-97.
On May 22, 2008, the Department hosted a retirement reception in his honor. Many of Dr. Binford’s colleagues shared their memories and stories of him over the years. Most talked about his calm demeanor and how he would often give his advice and reassurance in any situation. Also shared during the reception were some of the best student evaluations he has received. It was obvious to see that Dr. Binford was widely respected as an accomplished and effective teacher of political science.
Students and colleagues alike will surely also long remember Dr. Binford for his trademark bow ties. At his retirement reception, many of the professors joined together in wearing bow ties to honor Dr. Binford.
The Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences, and Georgia State University as a whole wish Mike Binford the very best during his retirement. We will all sincerely miss him as a professor, a colleague, and a friend.