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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

11/15 - Living Below the Line

What is living in poverty like?

Special Presentation

Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

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


Recent Topics

10/15 - Funding the Future: Early Childhood Opportunities

How can improving early childhood programs improve the state’s educational outcomes, workforce, and economics?

09/15 - Agenda Louisiana

What issues will candidates face and where do they stand?

08/15 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference

What difference has a decade made?

07/15 - Symbol or Statement? History in Public Spaces

Is the display of Civil War statues in public justified or do they belong only in museums?

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