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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

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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