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Scholarly Interest Report
         
Earl Black
Professor
Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Political Science
 
e-mail:black@rice.edu
 
  • B.A. (1964) University of Texas at Austin
  • Ph.D. (1968) Harvard University
 
Primary Department
   Department of Political Science
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Research Areas
 Southern politics, American politics
 
The Southern Political Transformation
 The emergence of competitive two-party politics in the American South is the biggest "story" in modern American politics. Throughout my career I have sought to write books examining the southern political transformation. After publishing my first book, Southern Governors and Civil Rights (Harvard University Press, 1976), I joined forces with Merle Black of Emory University in writing a series of books on the broad theme of a changing southern politics. The first book in this unfolding project, Politics and Society in the South (Harvard University Press, 1987), identified the social and racial transformations underlying a "new" southern politics and examined regional trends in presidential, senatorial, and gubernatorial politics. The Vital South: How Presidents Are Elected (Harvard University Press, 1992) explored the regional and national implications of a Repubilcan South in presidential politics. Our recent book, The Rise of Southern Republicans (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2002) concentrates on the South's changing role in Congress. We are now researching the fourth book in our series, which has the working title The Politics of the Modern South. It will relate developments in presidential and congressional elections to southern state politics.
 
The Politics of the Modern South
 This will be the fourth book in a series examining the political transformation of the American South that I am co-authoring with Merle Black of Emory University.
 
Power Struggle: The Transformation of American Politics
 An examination of voters, parties, and elections according to national, sectional, and regional trends. Co-authored with Merle Black of Emory University, Power Struggle is under contract with Simon and Schuster.
 
Teaching Areas
 Southern politics, American politics
 
Selected Publications
 Books
 Earl Black and Merle Black, Divided America: The Ferocious Power Struggle in American Politics (with a new afterword) (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2008_
 
 Earl Black and Merle Black, DIVIDED AMERICA (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007)
 
 

Earl Black and Merle Black "The Rise of Southern Republicans."  (2003) : 442.

 
 

Earl Black "THE RISE OF SOUTHERN REPUBLICANS."  (2002) : 442.

 
 

Earl Black and Merle Black "The Rise of Southern Republicans." 

 
 Book chapters
 Earl Black and Merle Black, Regional Divisions in American Politics, in On Solidarity: Cultural and Political Conditions for the Reform of Social Models in Europe and the U.S. (Vienna: Institute for Human Sciences, 2007), 13-34
 
 Other
 

"The Newest Southern Politics." Journal of Politics, 60 (1998) : 591-612.

 
Presentations
 Invited Papers
 Earl Black and Merle Black, "Regional Divisions in American Politics," paper prepared for conference entitled "On Solidarity: Cultural and Political Conditions for the Reform of Social Models in Europe and the United States," Schloss Schonbrunn, Vienna, Austria, May 19, 2006.
 
 Invited Talks
 Earl Black and Merle Black, "Reflections on the Changing South," Citadel Symposium special roundtable.
 
 Divided America
 
 

"Divided America: The Party Battle in American Politics"." Political Science Department, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. (10/26/2007)

 
 

""Authors' Discussion"." 2004 Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics, Charleston, SC. (March 4, 2004)

 
 

""The South in American Politics"." Visiting delegation from University of Leipzig, Rice University. (September 24, 2003)

 
 

"Presentation on "The Rise of Southern Republicans"." Baker Institute Student Forum on, Rice University. (March 24, 2003)

 
 

"Presentation on "The Rise of Southern Republicans"." Friends of Fondren Library, Rice University. (February 9, 2003)

 
 

""The Rise of Southern Republicans"." American Politics workshop, Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas. (September 27, 2002)

 
 

""The South and the 2002 Elections"." Palmetto Business Forum, Columbia, South Carolina. (November 11, 2002)

 
 

"Political implications of "The Rise of Southern Republicans"." Cong. Rosa DeLauro's House Democratic Policy Group, Washington, D.C.. (July 23, 2002)

 
 Keynote Speaker
 The Great Divide: Politics in American Life
 
 

delivered keynote address.  ""Partisan Change in Florida and the South"." Conference: "William C. Cramer and the Emergence of the Modern Republican Party in Florida", Univ. of South Florida St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FL. (November 20, 2004) With Merle Black

 
 Lectures
 

""Presidential Elections"." PLSC 4326, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. (10/25/2007)

 
 

""Southern Politcs"." PLSC 3323, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. (10/25/2007)

 
 Other
 

"The 2000 Presidential Elections." Rice Alumni College, Houston, TX. (March 18, 2000)

 
 

"The South and the 2000 Elections." The Discussion Group, Houston, TX. (September 20, 2000)

 
 

"The South and the 2000 Elections." Rice Century Scholars, Houston, TX. (October 24, 2000)

 
 

"The South and the 2000 Elections." Rice Evening School Series, Houston, TX. (October 16, 2000)

 
 

"The American Two-Party System." Given to foreign delegation from Armenia and Azerbaijan under auspices of Institute of International Education, Houston, Texas. (October 1999)

 
 

"The Changing Political South." Southern Municipal Conference, Fort Worth, Texas. (August 1999)

 
 

"V.O. Key's Southern Politics in State and Nation after Fifty Years." (Invited roundtable participant), Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association, Fort Worth, Texas. (November 1999)

 
 Panelist
 

""American Politics, Texas Style"." Baker Institute Student Forum, Baker Hall, Rice University. (January 25, 2005)

 
 

panelist.  ""Symposium on Southern Politics"." Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA. (January, 2004)

 
 

chaired panel.  "Realignment." Southwestern Social Science Association, New Orleans, Louisiana. (March 29, 2002)

 
 

invited participant.  "Round Table: Fifty Years of Southern Realignment." -Southwestern Social Science Association, New Orleans, Louisiana. (March 28, 2002)

 
 

"Roundtable Discussion on Earl and Merle Black's "The Rise of Southern Republicans"." Southern Political Science Association annual meeting, Savannah, Georgia. (November 8, 2002)

 
 Seminar Speaker
 

""The South Carolina Transition: McNair in the Middle"." Symposium on the Civil Rights Legacy of Governor Robert E. McNair, The McNair Center, Francis Marion University, Florence, SC. (October 30, 2009)

 
Editorial Positions
 Member of the Editorial Board, Social Science Quarterly. (2002 - 2002)

 Other, Journal of Politics. (2002 - 2002)

 Other, American Journal of Political Science. (2002 - 2002)

 Other, Social Science Quarterly. (2002 - 2002)

 Other, Law and Society Review. (2002 - 2002)

Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
 Earl Black and Merle Black, DIVIDED AMERICA: THE FEROCIOUS POWER STRUGGLE IN AMERICAN POLITICS, CHOICE Magazine (2008)

 Co-winner, 2003-2004 V.O. Key Book Award, Southern Political Science Association (Jan., 2004)

 The Rise of Southern Republicans, The Economist (2002)

 The Rise of Southern Republicans, Washington Monthly (2003)

 Outside referee in tenure and promotion cases at MIT and Cornell,

 Reviewed manuscripts for the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, and Social Science Quarterly,

 One hundred and fourteen media contacts concerning southern and national politics with 46 news organizations (26 national and 20 regional): Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, PBS's The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Christian Science Monitor, Boston Herald,,

 Refereed manuscripts for Journal of Politics and Social Science Quarterly,

 Chair, roundtable on The 2000 Election in the South, Southern Political Science Association (Annual Meeting -- November, 2000)

 Two hundred and seventy-seven media contacts concerning southern and national politics with 80 news organizations (49 national or international and 31 regional): Washington Post,

 Refereed manuscripts/proposals for the University of North Carolina Press, American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Social Science Quarterly, Journal of Southern History, and National Science Foundation,

 Two hundred and fifty media contacts concerning southern and national politics with 75 news organizations (44 national or international and 31 regional), 1999,

 Chair, Carey McWilliams Award Committee, American Political Science Association (1999)

 Chair, Edward Artinian Award Committee, Southern Political Science Association (1999)