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Pearson Cross
Head of the Political Science Department at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Pearson Cross currently serves as Head of the Political Science Department at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette . His principal areas of teaching are State and Local politics, Southern politics, and Louisiana politics.

He is a regular commentator on Louisiana politics on national, local and state-wide media. Dr. Cross received his B.A., from San Francisco State University in 1985 and his Ph.D. from Brandeis University in Massachusetts in 1997. His dissertation was titled "Collective Action in Colonial America."

Current research interests include gender and politics, legislative politics, and Louisiana government.

Dr. Cross advises the College Democrats and serves on the American Democracy Project committee.

His first avocation is jazz piano; his second is southern cooking.

He is married to Lisa Orten Cross and has one son, Elias.

Current Topic


06/15 - Louisiana After Ferguson (Encore Presentation)

Who polices the police in Louisiana?

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!


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?

Recent Topics


05/15 - Innovation Matters

What effect does diminishing Higher Ed funding have on Louisiana research programs?


04/15 - Back on Track: Louisiana Graduates

What help is available for Louisiana students who have dropped out of school?


03/15 - Cancer in Louisiana

Why is Louisiana’s cancer death rate so much higher than the rest of America?


02/15 - Dollars per Barrel: Oil Prices & Louisiana

Who are the winners and losers in Louisiana from the drop in prices?

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