Quentin Kidd, Professor of Political Science at Christopher Newport University, to Keynote IMPACT 2018


NCBA CLUSA is pleased to announce that Quentin Kidd—dean of the College of Social Sciences, professor of political science and director of the Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University—will present the keynote address on October 3 at the 2018 Co-op IMPACT Conference in Arlington, Virginia.

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Kidd’s teachings and research in the areas of race and ethnic politics, civic participation, and public opinion and policy make him a frequent TV and radio commentator in Virginia and nationally.

Kidd is an author of The Rational Southerner: Black Mobilization, Republic Growth and Partisan Transformation of the American South (2012, Oxford University Press), which traces political realignment in the American South from a Democratic bastion to a Republican stronghold. The book argues that race was—and still is—the primary driver behind political change in the region. Kidd is also the author or editor of four additional books, including Civic Participation in America (2011, Palgrave Macmillan).

He has received numerous teaching awards including the Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia, the Christopher Newport Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship, and the Christopher Newport Alumni Society Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring. Kidd has been named “Professor of the Year” three times by the students at Christopher Newport.

Previously, he worked in Washington, DC for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the Sheet Metal Worker’s International Association. He served for more than a decade in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves as a psychological operations specialist.

Kidd holds a doctorate in Political Science from Texas Tech University, as well as a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Arkansas. He is an avid runner, having finished nearly two dozen marathons and ultra-marathons.

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