Senior Fellows

Harold Stanley

Vice President for Executive Affairs & Geurin-Pettus Distinguished Chair in American Politics and Political Economy, SMU

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Professor Harold W. Stanley is currently serving as Vice President for Executive Affairs at SMU. Previously he served as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Professor Stanley 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.

Professor Stanley came to SMU in Fall 2003 from the University of Rochester where he had served as the Chair of the Political Science department. He began his career at Rochester in 1979 and served as a Visiting Research Professor at the University of Alabama (1987–1988) and SMU (2000–2001). In 2000-2001 he served as president of the Southern Political Science Association. Professor Stanley began teaching at Yale University in 1979, serving as a Prize Teaching Fellow there.

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 2015–2016 (CQ Press, fifteenth 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. 

Professor 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.

Education and Honors

  • Ph.D., Political Science, Yale University, 1981
  • M.Phil., Politics, Oxford University, 1975
  • B.A., Political Science, Yale University, 1972

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, 2015-2016

President, Southern Political Science Association, 2000-2001

Rhodes Scholar, 1972-1975