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Keith Reeves

Professor of Political Science

Keith W. Reeves, Professor of Political Science

Keith W. Reeves, Professor of Political Science

The director of Swarthmore's Center for Social and Policy Studies, Prof. Reeves examines the impact of racial politics on electoral behavior and public policy issues. He is author of the highly acclaimed Voting Hopes or Fears?: White Voters, Black Candidates, and Racial Politics in America (Oxford University Press, 1997).

Reeves is also the director of a Swarthmore College initiative whose goal is to revitalize Chester, Pa., Reeves' hometown. Focusing on anti-poverty efforts, public school reform, civic participation and engagement, and community economic development, Reeves works with the college's office of community service learning programs to coordinate specific opportunities for Swarthmore students in Chester and direct research efforts in the areas of felony disenfranchisement and the digital divide.

A 1988 Swarthmore alumnus, Reeves received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1994. After six years at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, he joined Swarthmore's faculty in 1999.

Voting Hopes or Fears?

Political scientist Keith Reeves '88, author of Voting Hopes or Fears?, discusses white voters and black candidates in the 2006 election, when a then-record number of African-American candidates ran for office.
Voting Hopes or Fears? by Keith Reeves

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