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About Dr. Sherri L. Wallace

Dr. Sherri L. Wallace is a full professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Louisville. She has published in reputable, peer-reviewed scholarly venues on various topics, including college textbook diversity, political science education, faculty diversity in academia, race and politics, and community economic development. She is co-author with Dr. Robert C. Smith on the seminal textbook in the field of Black Politics, American Politics and the African American Quest for Universal Freedom (8e and 9e) for which she created the instructor ancillaries. She teaches African American Politics,  American Politics,  Public Policy, State Politics, Urban Politics, and courses focused on engaged and experiential learning. She is a leader and collegial citizen active in departmental, college, university-wide and  national public service, serving as a mentor, editor, consultant/subject expert, and as the chair, (executive) officer or member on standing committees, organized sections, (conference) program and award committees for the American Political Science Association (APSA), the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS), and other professional associations. She also serves as an External or Peer Reviewer for refereed (journal) outlets, faculty promotions, and Political Science program periodic reviews.


Present Professor, University of Louisville Department of Political Science

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Honors and Awards

  • Anna Julia Cooper Teacher of the Year Award-NCOBPS (2014)
  • Grawemeyer Award for Outstanding Instructional Design (2013)
  • Faculty Favorite-Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning-University of Louisville (2009, 2006)
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Volunteerism and Community Service-University of Louisville (2006)
  • Betty J. Cleckley Minority Issues Research Award Finalist (2002)
  • William Wells Brown Award for work in the preservation of African American History in Western New York (2002)
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Guest Lecture-Neighborhood Leadership Project-United Neighborhoods and United Way of Buffalo & Erie County (2000)
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Guest Lecture-The University Committee for Promotion of Tolerance and Diversity-University of Buffalo-State University of New York (1998)
  • President's Council for Cornell Women Fellowship-Cornell University (1993)
  • Special Minority Fellowship-Cornell University (1990-1993)
  • American Political Science Association (APSA) Minority Fellow-Cornell University (1989-1990)
  • Storthz Award for Character, Leadership and Scholarship-University of Arkansas at Little Rock (1989)
  • American Political Science Association (APSA) The Ralph Bunch Summer Institute for Black Scholars, Southern University (SU) and Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, LA (1988)


  • POLS111 Political Discourse
  • POLS201 Introduction to American Government and Politics
  • POLS305 Urban Politics
  • POLS306 State Government
  • POLS326 Public Policy
  • POLS/PAS327 Politics of the Black Community
  • POLS327 African American Politics
  • POLS404 Topics in Political Theory: Black Social and Political Thought
  • POLS405 Policy, Class, Race and Gender
  • POLS495 Senior Seminar -- Black Social and Political Thought
  • POLS495 Senior Seminar -- Race, Ethnicity & Policy
  • POLS495 Senior Seminar -- Diversity Politics & Policy
  • POLS510 Practicum -- Undergraduate Internship
  • POLS609/UPA630 Politics of Urban Policy


1992 - 1996 Ph. D., Cornell University ‐ Government
1989 - 1992 M.A., Cornell University ‐ Government
1985 - 1989 B.A., University of Arkansas at Little Rock ‐ Political Science

Contact Information

Department of Political Science
Ford Hall
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292


Recent Works (2)

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Articles (15)

Book Chapters (5)