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Jas M. Sullivan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, LSU Political Science Dept.

Jas M. Sullivan, Ph.D. is an associate professor in Political Science and African-American Studies at Louisiana State University’s Baton Rouge campus. Dr. Sullivan's teaching and research interests include race, identity and political behavior. Specifically, his research examines the impact of race and racial identity on electoral decision-making. His two books include: The Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus: Race and Representation in the Pelican State (with Jonathan Winburn) and African American Identity: Racial and Cultural Dimensions of the Black Experience (with Ash Esmail).

Dr. Sullivan has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Political Science from Truman State University, Master's degree in Sociology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and from Indiana University he obtained Master's degrees in African American and African Diaspora Studies and Political Science and a Ph.D. in Political Science.

2010 Dr. Sullivan received the Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award (University-wide Award) from Louisiana State University.

Current Topic


04/16 - Opiates & the Bayou State

How is Louisiana tackling this serious addiction epidemic?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

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05/16 - Louisiana Veterans Coming Home

What challenges face our returning veterans?

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03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?


02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?


01/16 - Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana

What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters?


11/15 - Living Below the Line

What is living in poverty like?

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