About Dr. King-Meadows
Dr. Tyson D. King-Meadows is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and has served as the Associate Dean for Research and College Affairs in the College of Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences since 2016. His teaching and research interests include racial identity politics and electoral behavior in America. His book When the Letter Betrays the Spirit Voting Rights Enforcement and African American Participation from Lyndon Johnson to Barack Obama chronicles how intergovernmental conflict over the Voting Rights Act emboldened the executive and judicial branches to exercise discretion when addressing election-related racial discrimination. The book illustrates how Congress’ acquiescence to executive and judicial discretion strengthened public attachment to a presidency-centered model of American governance and weakened Congress’ power to protect black voters. Dr. King-Meadows’ current book project examines the role of racialized thinking in shaping perceptions of election law and in shaping the coalitions supporting black senatorial and gubernatorial candidates.
Dr. King-Meadows is particularly interested in exploring the impact of black political engagement, civil rights law, identity group politics, and racial representation on the black socioeconomic condition from the latter twentieth century to present day. King-Meadows is also co-author with Thomas F. Schaller of Devolution and Black State Legislators: Challenges and Choices in the Twenty-first Century (State University of New York Press, 2006). His next book (forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press) examines contemporary racial identity politics and the senatorial and gubernatorial candidacies of black federal representatives. Before joining the Dean’s Office, Dr. King-Meadows served as co-chair of the Provost’s Executive Committee for the Recruitment, Retention and Advancement of Underrepresented Minority and served as Chair of the Department of Africana Studies. He is also an affiliate faculty member of the School of Public Policy, the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research, and the Department of Africana Studies. Dr. King-Meadows earned his BA from North Carolina Central University and his MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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