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Tyson King-Meadows

Title: Professor

Phone: 617.287.6504


Department: CLA - Dean's Office

Areas of Expertise

Public Opinion, African American Electoral Behavior, Voting Rights, U.S. Political Institutions.


PhD 2001 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Political Science
MA 1996 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Political Science
BA 1992 North Carolina Central University, Political Science (summa cum laude) 

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Dr. Tyson King-Meadows is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Before joining UMass Boston, Dr. King-Meadows was a Professor of Political Science at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and a 2019-2020 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. His research interests include public opinion, African American electoral behavior, voting rights, and U.S. political institutions. Dr. King-Meadows has published a range of scholarly articles and monographs, including Devolution and Black State Legislators: Challenges and Choices in the Twenty-First Century (with Thomas F. Schaller) and When the Letter Betrays the Spirit: Voting Rights Enforcement and African American Participation from Lyndon Johnson to Barack Obama. His teaching and research endeavors have been supported by the American Political Science Association (APSA), the National Science Foundation, Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University, Princeton University, the U.S. State Department, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Ford Foundation Fellowship Program. Dr. King-Meadows has also served as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Ghana, a W.E.B. DuBois Fellow at Harvard University, and as a APSA Congressional Fellow with the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on the Judiciary. Over his eighteen year career at UMBC, Dr. King-Meadows held numerous positions, including Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives; Associate Dean for Research and College Affairs for the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS); chair of the Department of Africana Studies; a founding member of the Center for Africana Research; faculty affiliate of the Maryland Institute for Policy, Analysis, and Research; faculty affiliate of the Language, Literacy, and Culture Doctoral Program; a founding member and co-chair of the Provost’s Executive Committee on Underrepresented Minority Faculty; a member of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee; a founding member and cochair/chair of CAHSS Black Faculty Committee; chair of Honors College Advisory Board; and a member of Shriver Center Advisory Board. Dr. King-Meadows holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a former chair of the APSA Committee on the Status of Blacks in the Profession, and is a former president of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. Dr. King-Meadows is an active researcher and continues to engage in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research collaborations.