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Kerry L. Haynie

Professor of Political Science
Political Science


Kerry L. Haynie is Professor and Chair of Political Science, Professor of African and African American Studies, and a former Chair of Duke’s Academic Council (Faculty Senate), 2019-21. He earned B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. Before coming to Duke in 2003, Haynie was a member of the faculty at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and the University of Pennsylvania.    

Haynie’s research examines how the underlying theory, structures, and practices of American political institutions affect African Americans’ and women’s efforts to organize and exert influence on the political system. In 2012, he and his co-author Beth Reingold were the co-winners of the American Political Science Association’s Women and Politics Research Section’s Best Paper Award. In addition to articles in various academic journals, his publications include, Race, Gender, and Legislative Representation: Toward a More Intersectional Approach (with Beth Reingold and Kirsten Widner, Oxford University Press) winner of the 2021 Richard F. Fenno, Jr. Prize from the American Political Science Association for the best book in legislative studies.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of Political Science · 2021 - Present Political Science, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Dean of the Social Sciences · 2022 - Present Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Associate Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies · 2014 - Present African & African American Studies, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill · 1994 Ph.D.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill · 1985 B.A.