Jim Guth has taught at Furman since 1973. He has served as chair of the
University Faculty (1987-89) and of the Political Science Department
(1988-91), as well as on many faculty committees and task forces. A
specialist in American politics, his recent work has assessed the impact
of religion on the electoral process and on public policy in the
Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations. Guth also initiated Furman’s
Washington Internship program, which has sent more than a thousand
Furman students to Washington since 1978. He has directed the program
fifteen times, most recently in Spring 2013. The program has twice won
the Washington Center’s Award for the outstanding small college program
in the country. Guth has commented on American politics for CNN, NBC
Nightly News, CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, All Things
Considered, CBS Sunday Morning, the BBC and many other media outlets.
From 1975 to 1979 Guth coached the Furman University wrestling team.