Voting Rights Expert Highlights Constitution Day


GaddieA nationally recognized expert on voting rights will speak at Southeast Missouri State University Sept. 14, commemorating Constitution Day.

Dr. R. Keith Gaddie, President’s Associates Presidential Professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at The University of Oklahoma, will present “Voting Rights in America After Shelby County.”  The event is scheduled during the Common Hour from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall and is free and open to the public.

Gaddie’s current research focuses on the measurement of opinion formation and preference ordering as well as other methodological social science issues. He studies the role of race, ethnicity, and culture in preference formation and perceptual and real bias in voting rights, and how institutional, legal, and systemic ordering relate to bias in allocating collective and public goods.

Gaddie also serves as senior fellow of Headington College; associate director of the Center for Intelligence and National Security (an intelligence community center for academic excellence); general editor of Social Science Quarterly; and on the faculty of the National Institute for Risk and Resilience at The University of Oklahoma. He previously served on the faculty of Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and Centre College, and was the inaugural Freeport-McMoRan Environmental Policy Fellow at Tulane.


He holds a doctoral degree in political science from the University of Georgia and his undergraduate degree from Florida State University.