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Joseph Stewart, Jr.


Office: 231B Brackett Hall

Phone: 864-656-3233

Fax: 864-656-0690

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Educational Background

Ph.D. Political Science
University of Houston 1977

M.A. International Affairs
Florida State University 1971

A.B. Political Science
University of Georgia 1970

Courses Taught

Law, Courts, & Politics
American Public Policy
American National Government
Minority Group Politics


Joseph Stewart, Jr. has previously held teaching or research positions at institutions from California to New Jersey, from Georgia to Wisconsin, and a lot of points in between. His research interest spans civil rights policies, racial and ethnic politics, public policy, educational policy, and public law. His work has appeared in various political science, education, public policy, public administration, public law, and interdisciplinary journals. Three of his books: ”Race, Class, and Education (with Ken Meier and Robert England, 1989), The Politics of Hispanic Education (with Ken Meier, 1991), and "Can We All Get Along?" Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American Politics (with Paula McClain, 5th ed., 2010)” have received Myers Awards as "Outstanding Books on the Subject of Human Rights in the United States." In addition, he is the co-author of Public Policy: An Evolutionary Approach (with David M. Hedge and James Lester, West, 3rd ed., 2008), which was published in Chinese editions in 2001 and 2004. Stewart is the Past President of the Southwestern Political Science Association and Southwestern Social Science Association. Despite all of his professional activity, Stewart is probably best known for his alleged sense of intentional humor, which has been manifest in an article in which the discipline of political science is presented as a Rotisserie game (with Ken Meier, 1992, "Rotisserie Political Science," PS: Political Science & Politics, 25, 565-568); a convention paper "analyzing" the political thought of "Texas' fastest rising Jewish country music star" and sometimes Texas political candidate, Kinky Friedman; and appearances on roundtables and panels at professional meetings, such as "The Contributions of Elvis Presley to the Study of Political Science," "Country Music and Political Science," and "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Political Science."

Research Publications

James LaMare, J.L. Polinard, Joseph Stewart, Jr., and Robert D. Wrinkle. 2012. “Buenas Dias, Y’all: Latinos in the South,” in Charles S. Bullock, III, and Mark J. Rozell, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Southern Politics. New York: Oxford University Press, 204-215.

Honors and Awards

Southwestern Social Science Association, Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Service to the Social Sciences, 2015; Scholar, Congressional Academy, Center for Civic Education, 2019; Citizen of the Year, Law Related Education Division, SC Bar Association, 2022

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