Sherri L. Wallace, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science
Ford Hall, Room 205
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
"Politics is harder than Physics."
Dr. Sherri L. Wallace is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Louisville. She is a native of North Little Rock, Arkansas where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Encouraged to apply for the American Political Science Association’s (APSA) Annual Ralph Bunche Institute for Black Scholars, she became one of twenty-five national undergraduate recipients in the summer of 1988, to research issues on African American Politics at the Louisiana State University and Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It was there that she discovered her love for academia and research questions dealing with African Americans and community economic development issues. Also in 1989, she received recognition as an American Political Science Association Minority Graduate Fellow. In 1993, she received the competitive President’s Council for Cornell Women Fellowship to conduct her dissertation research on “Minority Participation in the Philadelphia Enterprise Zone Program” under her dissertation chair, Dr. Theodore J. Lowi, the renowned J.L. Senior Professor of American Institutions. She graduated in 1995 from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York where she earned both her Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Government.
- John Hope Franklin, 1915-2009 (Preeminent Historian of Black History)
Research Fields: African American politics, urban politics, public policy, community economic development, faith-based organizations, college textbook diversity and women of color in academe. She has published book chapters in edited volumes, book reviews and refereed articles in a variety of scholarly journals.
Teaching Fields: American Politics (African American Politics, State Politics, & Urban Politics) and Public Policy. Recognized as a “Faculty Favorite” (2006 & 2009), she teaches courses in American Government, Black Social and Political Thought, African American Politics, Public Policy, State Government, Urban Politics and other related topics. She is the recipient the Grawemeyer Award for Outstanding Instructional Design for 2013 for her course proposal entitled, “Using Community Based Learning Methods to Teach Diversity Politics and Policy.” These awards were created to encourage and reward the best in instructional development in the Kentuckiana Metroversity colleges and universities. Each of the winners is awarded a monetary prize and will be asked to participate in a Metroversity symposium on “Excellence in Teaching.” She received national recognition with the Anna Julia Cooper Award for Excellence in Teaching from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists in March 2014.
“It is a burden of black people that we have to do more than talk.”
- Barbara Jordan, 1936-1996 (Former US Congresswoman)
Public Service: In addition to actively serving the University of Louisville on departmental and college-wide committees, she has served as an advisor to the Thurgood Marshall Pre-Law Society, NAACP at UofL and College Democrats. Her professional service includes serving as a member/co-chair of the APSA Standing Committee on the Status of Blacks in the Profession. She served as Program Chair of the 2008 APSA Teaching and Learning Conference program committee. She served as an elected member on the APSA Council (2009-2011)and appointed member on the Task Force on Political Science in the 21st Century and Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Advisory Committee.
In addition, she has served on the program committee and section chair for Western Political Science Association, as section chair for Midwest Political Science Association, as the former Executive Director of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS), and as the treasurer for the APSA Women's Caucus for Political Science (WCPS).
Currently, she serves on the APSA Program Committee (2015), APSA Political Science Education Section Executive Board (2013-2016), APSA Committee on Teaching and Learning Committee (2013-2016) and the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference Planning Committee (2013-2016).
She stays active in the community as a professional consultant on various projects, and as a member and volunteer on local boards, committees, and organizations.