Harold W. Stanley is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs ad interim. He holds the Geurin-Pettus Distinguished Chair in American Politics and Political Economy in the Department of Political Science in Dedman College at SMU. The focus of his research and teaching at SMU has been within American government—southern politics, Latino politics, and presidential elections.
Born and raised in Enterprise, Alabama, Professor Stanley attended public schools there. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale in 1972, graduating honors with exceptional distinction in political science and magna cum laude. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University (Worcester College) from 1972–1975, gaining a Masters of Philosophy in Politics. He returned to Yale to earn a Ph.D. in Political Science in 1981.
He has published three books, Vital Statistics on American Politics 2011–2012 (CQ Press, thirteenth edition), Voter Mobilization and the Politics of Race: The South and Universal Suffrage, 1952 –1984 (Praeger, 1987), and Senate vs. Governor, Alabama 1971: Referents for Opposition in a One-Party Legislature (University of Alabama Press, 1975).
He has also published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and reviews. His writings have appeared in, among other journals, the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics.
Stanley has testified often as an expert witness in federal court cases on voting rights and redistricting, serving on four occasions as the federal court’s own expert.
At SMU, he has been a member of the Executive Board for the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies since 2003, chaired the Honors Task Force (2006-2007), served on the General Education Review Committee (2007-2009), and co-chaired the Faculty/Staff Steering Committee in the Second Century Campaign (2009-2010).