Richard Valelly

Professor of Political Science

Richard Valelly '75, Professor of Political Science
Richard Valelly '75, Professor of Political Science

Professor Valelly is an expert on American party politics, election law, voting rights, and the institutional development of the House and the Senate. He also writes on conceptual and methodological developments and progress within the political science profession.

He is the author of American Politics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2013), The Two Reconstructions: The Struggle for Black Enfranchisement (University of Chicago Press, 2004), and Radicalism in the States: The American Political Economy and the Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party (University of Chicago Press, 1989). In 2009 he published Princeton Readings in American Politics.

His book The Two Reconstructions received the J. David Greenstone Prize for the best book published in 2003 and 2004 in the field of politics and history, awarded by the Politics and History Section of the American Political Science Association, and it won the 2005 Ralph J. Bunche Prize of the American Political Science Association, which honors excellence in scholarship on racial, ethnic, and cultural pluralism, and the 2005 V.O. Key, Jr. Book Award of the Southern Political Science Association for best book on Southern politics.

He has published scholarly articles in both edited volumes and in the peer-reviewed journals Annual Review of Political Science, Politics & Society, and Studies in American Political Development. Essays have appeared in the The American Prospect, the Nation, the New Republic, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Valelly, who received a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1984, has been a research scholar at Harvard's W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research, at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at the Woodrow School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (an agency of the Smithsonian Institution) in Washington, D.C.

He has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He has also served on several American Political Science Association (APSA) award committees and on the Executive Committee of the Social Science History Association. In 2013, Prof. Valelly is researching the political development of LGBT rights in the U.S. with a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.

He is a member of the Faculty Editorial Board of the University of Pennsylvania Press. He is also founder and co-editor of a series at the Press, "American Governance: Politics, Policy, and Public Law." He served on the Board of Editors for the Journal of Politics from 2007-2009. He was the founding editor-in-chief of Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science, an on-line annual, 2010-2012.

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