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Sherri L. Wallace, Ph.D.


  • Associate Professor, Political Science



  • First Floor, Room 116
  • Ford Hall, Belknap Campus

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  • 502-852-4432

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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 Bunch 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 with both her Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Government.

Selected Publications

  • “2007 APSA Teaching and Learning Conference Track Summaries – Track Seven: Simulations and Role Play I” (Co-authored with Helen G. Boutrous, Mount Saint Mary’s College, and William A. Brantley, University of Louisville). PS: Political Science and Politics, vol. 40, no. 4 (July 2007): 582-583.
  • “Survey of African American Portrayal in Introductory Textbooks in American Government/Politics: A Report of the APSA Standing Committee on the Status of Blacks in the Profession” (Co-authored with Marcus D. Allen, Wheaton College). PS: Political Science and Politics, vol. 41, no. 1 (January 2008): 153-159.
  • “2008 APSA Teaching and Learning Conference Track Summaries – Track Six: Simulations and Role Play II” (Co-authored with Mark Gadson, South Texas College; and Deanne Repetto, Folsom Lake College). PS: Political Science and Politics, vol. 41, no. 3 (July 2008): 618-620.
  • “An Examination of Introductory Political Science Textbooks: How Inclusive is African American
    Politics?” (Co-authored with Dewey M. Clayton). The National Political Science Review. Annual
    Volume 12, Fall 2008/Spring 2009: 247-264.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Cornell University, Government, 1996
  • M.A., Cornell University, Government, 1992
  • B.A., University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Political Science, 1989

Teaching Areas

  • American Politics (African American Politics, State Politics, Urban Politics) and Public Policy. Recognized as a “Faculty Favorite” (2006), she teaches courses in American Government, Black Social and Political Thought, Politics of the Black Community, Public Policy, State Government, Urban Politics and other related topics.

Research Interests

  • African American politics
  • Urban politics
  • Public policy
  • Community economic development
  • Faith-based organizations
  • College textbook diversity

Professional Activities

  • 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. Currently, she serves on the APSA Task Force on Political Science in the 21st Century and was recently elected to the APSA Council (2009-2011).
  • 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, and as former Executive Director of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS).
  • 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.
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