Tyson King-Meadows, Political Science, Elected President of National Conference of Black Political Scientists

Published: Sep 15, 2011

Tyson King-Meadows, associate professor of political science, was elected president of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS), effective March 17, 2011.

King-Meadows joined UMBC in 2003 as an assistant professor of political science and recently earned promotion to the rank of associate professor with tenure. He is a Faculty Fellow of UMBC’s Honors College and is an affiliate of the UMBC’s Department of Public Policy and the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (MIPAR). His service to UMBC includes membership on the Shriver Center Faculty Advisory Board, on the Honors College Advisory Board, on the committee for the Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD), and on the President’s Commission for Women. He recently became co-chair of the CAHSS Black Faculty Committee as well as chair of the Honors College Advisory Board.

His research addresses legislative politics, racial representation, political parties,
elections and public opinion. He is co-author with Thomas F. Schaller, a colleague in UMBC’s Department of Political Science, of “Devolution and Black State Legislators: Challenges and Choices in the Twenty-first Century” (2006), and he is sole author of “When the Letter Betrays the Spirit: Voting Rights Enforcement and African American Participation from
Lyndon Johnson to Barack Obama” (2011). He was recently nominated to appear in the “People” section of PS: Political Science and Politics, an academic journal published by the American Political Science Association (APSA).

King-Meadows has received prestigious research awards and recognition for teaching and community service. His current projects examine public attitudes about redistricting and the success of black candidates in contests for the U.S. Senate.


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