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Kerry L. Haynie, Ph.D.

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring
Associate Professor
Political Science and African and African American Studies



Kerry L. Haynie is an associate professor of political science and African and African American Studies, and he directs Duke’s Cen​ter for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences. His research and teaching interests are in race and ethnic politics, intersections of race and gender, legislative processes, state-level politics, Southern politics, and comparative urban politics. His publications include New Race Politics in America: Understanding Minority and Immigrant Voting (co-edited with Jane Junn); African American Legislators in the American StatesThe Encyclopedia of Minorities in American Politics, Volume I: African Americans and Asian Americans; and The Encyclopedia of Minorities in American Politics, Volume II: Hispanic Americans and Native Americans. Haynie has traveled widely speaking on race and politics, including invited talks in France, Germany, and South Africa.

In His Words

"At the same time you are trying to instruct and teach, you are also wanting the student to stand out and take the lead and take some ownership of the work or project. It’s quite the delicate balance to listen, to instruct, to nudge, but also pull back and make sure the student’s voice is coming out."

In Their Words

Excerpts from Haynie’s Nominations

“When I visited Duke as a prospective student almost five years ago, I was convinced that this university was the best fit for me in large part because I realized, after an encouraging conversation with Kerry, that I would have his support and guidance as a doctoral student.”

“I chose Kerry as my dissertation adviser because I knew that he would allow me to grow as an independent scholar while at the same time challenge me to think critically about my work as a nascent researcher.”

“Professor Haynie understands that sometimes students get 'lost' in graduate school. For this reason, he makes sure to keep up with his students. I affectionately refer to him as a shepherd of sorts.”

“At the end of my presentation, he would put me in the hot seat and always ask me the “so what” question. As frustrating as this question was, I knew it was a question that I had to come to terms with in every project I attempted because I would be asked this question in job interviews, at conferences, and throughout my entire career in academia.”