B.A., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, 1976.
Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 1983.
Russell B. Long Professor of Political Science, August 2006 to present
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, January 2004 to August 2006
Chair, Department of Political Science, 1/2001 to 12/ 2003, 8/2006 to 7/2007
Professor of Political Science, Louisiana State University, 2004 to Present
Adjunct Associate Professor, Manship School of Mass Communications, Fall, 2000 to present
Associate Professor of Political Science, Louisiana State University, 1987 to 2003
Acting Chair, Department of Political Science, Louisiana State University, Fall, 1994
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Louisiana .State.University., 1982 to 1987.
Director, Public Information Line, Governmental Research Division, Louisiana Legislative Council, May-August, 1978.
Research Clerk, Governmental Research Division, Louisiana Legislative Council, February-August, 1977.
The Louisiana Field Guide: Experiencing Life in the Pelican State (co-edited with Ryan Orgera), LSU Press (2014)
Inside the Carnival: Unmasking Louisiana Politics LSU Press (2004)
And a second post-Hurricane Katrina edition With A New Epilogue LSU Press (2006)
Blacks in the American Political System (co-edited with Huey Perry), University of Florida Press, (1995)
Nicholson Award for Outstanding College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Member, 2004
Arts and Sciences College Council Outstanding Faculty Member, 2002
Arts and Sciences TAF Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2002
LSU Distinguished Faculty Award, 1999
University Faculty Excellence Award, 1996
Arts and Sciences Student Government Teaching Award, 1995
Amoco Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, 1991
Taft Seminar in Political Science Lecturer, 1983 and 1984
Assoc. Instructor Teaching Award, Indiana University, 1981
Electoral Politics, Black Politics, Southern Politics, Louisiana Politics