Department of Political Science

Political science professor to lead scholars network in Alabama

Published on Sep 16, 2019

Bridgett King

Bridgett King, assistant professor and director of the Master of Public Administration Program in the College of Liberal Arts, has been named a Scholars Strategy Network – Alabama Chapter leader for 2019-2020. Launched in January 2019, the Alabama SSN focuses on connecting its members with policymakers, civic leaders, and journalists on issues related to health and education policy – two key issues for the state of Alabama. Chapter leaders work to build a nationwide culture where research informs policy at every level. Leaders come from a variety of disciplines, institutions, and methodological traditions, and share a common goal of advancing evidence-based policy and strengthening democracy in the states.

King’s research focuses on election administration, public policy, citizen voting experiences, and race and ethnicity. Overarching themes in King’s writings include the administrative structure of rights restoration for citizens with felony convictions, citizen confidence in electoral outcomes, and the consequences of administrative discretion on voter experiences. She serves as the director of the Master of Public Administration Program at Auburn University, an instructor in the Election Center Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA) Program, and an Affiliated Researcher with the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA).

“Over the next year one of our goals is to increase the visibility of research conducted by faculty at Auburn and other universities in central and southern Alabama. By doing so, the public will be better positioned to connect with researchers across the state who are investigating issues of importance and who can also serve as a resource,” explained King.

The Scholars Strategy Network is an organization of university-based scholars who are committed to using research to improve policy and strengthen democracy. SSN has over 30 chapters across 26 states, designed to provide state and federal policymakers with research perspectives from their own communities.