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Keith Gaddie

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Ronald Keith Gaddie, Ph.D.


Office: D136 Headington College


Website: Social Science Quarterly

Research Fields: Elections, Southern Politics, Environmental Politics, and Redistricting and Representation

The Florida State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science
The University of Georgia, M.A. in Political Science
The University of Georgia, Ph.D. in Political Science

Harvard Graduate School of Education, Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (MLE), Summer 2018.
Qualified Expert Witness, Federal Courts for the 2d, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 10th, and 11th Circuits
Amici Accepted by the U.S. Supreme Court, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019
Tulane University School of Public Health, Environmental Science Postdoctoral Fellowship 

Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, 1993-1996
Centre College, 2015

Keith Gaddie is President’s Associates Presidential Professor and Executive Faculty Fellow of the University, and also Senior Fellow of Headington College.

His current research focuses in three areas: the intersect of the built environment and democratic values; redistricting; and voting rights reform. His primary project, undertaken with Jocelyn Evans of the University of West Florida, examines the historic homes of the U.S. Supreme Court, exploring the evolution of the court’s built space, its institutional evolution, and its changing culture as a political and social organization. He and Evans are also working on a project to bridge the various methodologies used to examine the concept of ‘democracy’ in architecture and public spaces.

Keith has authored or coauthored 24 books or volumes, and is a two-time winner of the V. O. Key Jr. Award for the outstanding book on Southern Politics. Among his published works are the books Regulating Wetlands Protection (2000), Triumph of Voting Rights In the South (2009), Rise and Fall of the Voting Rights Act (2016), and The Three Governors Controversy: Skullduggery, Machinations, and the Decline of Georgia's Progressive Politics (2015). His textbook with Thomas R. Dye, Politics in America, is entering its 12th edition.

Since joining the faculty at OU in 1996, Keith has been professor of political science (College of Arts & Sciences) and since 2017 also of journalism (Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication) and architecture (Gibbs College of Architecture). Together with Dr. Kim Gaddie and Prof. Kirby Goidel of Texas A&M, Keith is coeditor of Social Science Quarterly, the world’s oldest, leading interdisciplinary social science journal. From 2014-2017 he served as chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma.