CNU's Quentin Kidd recently spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg about the 2016 Presidential election. Kidd is the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, professor of political science, and director of the Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University in Newport News. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Texas Tech University and a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Arkansas.
Dr. Kidd's teaching and research focuses on American civic and political behavior and politics of the American South. He has received numerous teaching awards and has been named "Professor of the Year" three times by the students at Christopher Newport.
Kidd's most recent book, "The Rational Southerner" from Oxford University Press, coauthored with M.V. Hood III and Irwin L. Morris, was nominated for the V.O. Key Award for outstanding book on Southern politics, the Ralph Bunch Award for best scholarly work exploring the phenomenon of ethnic and cultural pluralism, and the Leon D. Epstein Award for research on political organizations and parties. He is also the author of "Civic Participation in America" from Palgrave Macmillan.
Kidd has served as an advisor to the Virginia Independent Bipartisan Advisory Commission on Redistricting and on the Virginia Commission for National and Community Service, including as its chair for nearly two years. He appears often on radio and television programs in Virginia and nationally to talk about politics and public policy, and has been quoted in a variety of international, national and regional news outlets.
He previously worked in Washington, D.C. for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and for the Sheet Metal Workers' International Association. He served for 11 years in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves as a psychological operations specialist, including a combat tour in Kuwait and Iraq during the Persian Gulf War in 1990 and 1991, where he was awarded an Army Commendation Medal with Combat "V" device. He also is a runner, having finished over a dozen marathons and ultramarathons.
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