Ronald Keith Gaddie

Department Chair
Professor of Political Science
222 Dale Hall Tower
Phone: 405-325-4989
Fax: 405-325-0718

Curriculum Vitae

B.S., Florida State University, 1987
M.A., University of Georgia, 1989
Ph.D., University of Georgia, 1993

Fields:  Elections, Southern Politics, Environmental Politics, and Redistricting and Representation

Keith Gaddie is a Professor in the Department of Political Science. He joined the faculty in 1996, after four years on the faculty of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans. Keith offers courses in the graduate methods sequence, courses on parties, campaigns, elections, and Southern Politics, and he regularly offers the P Sc 1113 American Federal Government course.

Keith is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of fourteen books: The Economic Realities of Political Reform: Elections and the U.S. Senate (1995); David Duke and the Politics of Race in the South (1995); The Almanac of Oklahoma Politics 1998 (1998); The Almanac of Oklahoma Politics 2000 (1999); The Almanac of Oklahoma Politics 2002 (2001); Regulating Wetlands Protection: Environmental Federalism and the States (2000); Elections to Open Seats in the US House: Where the Action Is (August 2000); Born to Run: The Origins of the Political Career (2004); The Political Encyclopedia of U.S. States and Regions (2008); University of Georgia Football (2008); University of Kentucky Basketball (2008); University of Louisville Basketball (2008); Georgia Politics in a State of Change (2009); and The Triumph of Voting Rights in the South (2009). Keith and Kelly Damphousse (Sociology) are the newly appointed editors of Social Science Quarterly.

Media Relations
Over the past several years, Keith has offered commentary, interviews, or served as a guest broadcaster for several local, national and international media outlets. From 2005-07 he was a regular new contributor and host for WKY-930 AM and KTLR-890 AM, and he currently serves as a regular contributor to KGOU 106.3 FM (National Public Radio) and KWTV-9 (CBS).

Keith has worked as a litigation consultant in voting rights and redistricting cases, for both major parties and for both plaintiffs and respondents, including cases in Florida, Illinois, New York, Virginia, Georgia, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wyoming, New Mexico and Texas.

Current Research
My primary research project is a book length examination (with UGA’s Charles S. Bullock III) of the legal and political strategies associated with the 2001-2004 Texas redistricting fight and the subsequent appellate legal battle. Titled Delayed Democracy: The Texas Redistricting War of 2001-2006 (University of Oklahoma Press), this book explores the interplay of a series of Supreme Court decisions related to redistricting and the Voting Rights Act with the political and legal maneuvers of Republicans and Democrats in the battle for control of the Texas congressional delegations and also the US House of Representatives.

In addition to this project, Chuck and I are continuing our work on Southern politics and voting rights. We recently finished a three-year project on voting rights progress in the South that is the subject of a future book. We will next turn to an ongoing research project on Georgia politics, and possibly a book manuscript on the battle for control of Georgia politics in the immediate post-World War II era.