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Quentin Kidd

Professor of Political Science
Christopher Newport University

Quentin Kidd is a Professor of Political Science, Chair of the Department of Government, and Director of the Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University (CNU), where he has taught since 1997. 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 has developed a national reputation for research in two areas: the politics of the American South and American civic participation. He is the author, co-author, or editor of five books and numerous peer reviewed research articles. His most recent books include The Rational Southerner from Oxford University Press (co-authored with M.V. Hood III and Irwin L. Morris), which has been nominated for several awards, including the V.O. Key Award for outstanding book on Southern Politics and Civic Participation in America from Palgrave Macmillan.

At CNU, Dr. Kidd teaches courses in American political behavior, political campaigns and elections, and research methods and quantitative analysis. He has received numerous awards at CNU, including being named “Professor of the Year” three times by the student body. He has also received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship and the Alumni Society Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring.

Dr. Kidd served as an advisor to the (Virginia) Independent Bipartisan Advisory Commission on Redistricting and on the Virginia Commission for National and Community Service, serving as 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 national and international publications.

Dr. Kidd was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He and his wife, Holly, a mathematics teacher at Woodside High School in Newport News, live in Newport News with their two dogs, Mattie and Carter.

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Quentin Kidd


"We have come to understand that when undergraduates become engaged in the research process their classroom learning becomes much more meaningful, and their understanding of the complexity of world problems becomes much more mature."