Keith Reeves is a professor of political science, department chair and director of the Urban Inequality and Incarceration program at the College's Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility. Prior to his appointment at Swarthmore in 1999, he was an associate professor of public policy in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
A 1988 graduate of Swarthmore who majored in political science with the concentration in Black Studies and public policy and who attended Exeter College at Oxford University, England, Reeves teaches courses across the arenas of American government, electoral politics, and public opinion; racial politics and voting rights policy; the urban underclass, poverty, and public policy; and behavioral research methods.
Professor Reeves is a former Henry Luce Scholar and the author of Voting Hopes or Fears?: White Voters, Black Candidates and Racial Politics in America (Oxford University Press, 1997). At present, Reeves is working on a book project that explores several controversial explanations underlying the high incarceration trends among black males. He is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Midwest Political Science Association, the National Eagle Scout Association, and an associate member of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.