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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


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

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

Coming Soon!


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

Recent Topics


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?


04/14 - State Contracts 101

Will proposed legislation help rein in costs or create arbitrary caps that hinder agencies in delivering services?


03/14 - Louisiana and The Minimum Wage

Should Louisiana develop its own minimum wage?

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