Sherri L. Wallace, Ph.D.

Department of Political Science
Ford Hall, Room 205
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
Telephone: 502.852.4432
Fascimile: 502.852.7923

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"Politics is harder than Physics."
-Albert Einstein

Dr.  Sherri L. Wallace is a native of Marche, Arkansas.  She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Louisville. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Masters of Arts and Doctorate degrees in Government at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

“You can't have a high standard of scholarship without having a high standard of integrity, because the essence of scholarship is truth.”
- John Hope Franklin, 1915-2009 (Preeminent Historian of Black History)

Research Areas and Projects:

  • College textbook diversity
  • Community economic development
  • Race and Politics
  • Women and Faculty of Color in Academe

Teaching Areas:

  • African American Politics
  • American Politics
  • Public Policy
  • State Politics
  • Urban Politics

Honors and Awards:

  • Grawemeyer Award for Outstanding Instructional Design (2013) for “Using Community Based Learning Methods to Teach Diversity Politics and Policy.” A regional award for “Excellence in Teaching” from Kentuckiana Metroversity colleges and universities
  • Anna Julia Cooper Teacher of the Year (2014).  A national award for “Excellence in Teaching” from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists
  • University of Louisville Supporting Undergraduate iNnovation (SUN): Ideas to Action (i2a) Implementation Grant (2014) for project: “Advancing Critical Thinking through Performance-Based and Service-Learning Assignments” Dr. Sherri L. Wallace (Principal Investigator)
  • Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning, Faculty Learning Community/Community Engaged Scholarship (FLC-CES) Selected Participant (2013-2014)
  • UofL Sustainability Council Green Threads Workshop Selected Participant (2014)

“It is a burden of black people that we have to do more than talk.”
- Barbara Jordan, 1936-1996 (Former US Congresswoman)

Professional Activities: Dr. Wallace's 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 (2008) and as a member (2015) of the 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) and as section chair for the Teaching Political Science for the 2016 Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting.

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.