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Barry Tadlock

Dr. Barry Tadlock


Political Science
253 Bentley Annex


Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1995

Research Areas

  • American Politics
  • Appalachian Politics
  • Identity Politics

Courses Taught

  • POLS 4150/5150: American Presidency
  • POLS 4160/5160: Legislative Processes
  • POLS 3060: Politics of Appalachia
  • POLS 1010: Politics in the United States

Ohio University Affiliations

Political Communications Certificate Program (POCO)

About Dr. Tadlock

Barry Tadlock received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky (1995), his M.A. from the University of Virginia (1987), and his B.A. from Emory & Henry College (1984). He teaches undergraduate courses in American political institutions, as well as the Appalachian politics; he also teaches a graduate seminar on executive and legislative politics. He is the recipient of the Arts & Sciences Dean's Outstanding Teacher Award (2007), was named a University Professor (2008-09), and was selected for the inaugural class of the Bruning Teaching Academy (2013-2014). In addition to his teaching duties on the Athens campus, Dr. Tadlock is also an instructor in Ohio University's eLearning Program.

Dr. Tadlock's research interests include the following: identity politics, Appalachia politics, congressional campaigns/elections, and welfare reform. His work has appeared in the following journals: American Review of Politics; Public Administration Quarterly; Journal of Children and Poverty; Politics and Policy; Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work; & Legislative Studies Quarterly; and in the following edited books: Transgender Rights and Politics (forthcoming), The Change Election: Money, Mobilization, and Persuasion in the 2008 Federal Elections; The Politics of Same-Sex Marriage; The Sociology of Spatial Inequality; Communities Reform: Welfare, Food Assistance and Poverty in Rural America. Dr. Tadlock co-edited (with Ellen D.B. Riggle) Gays and Lesbians in the Democratic Process; Public Policy, Political Representation and Public Opinion (Power, conflict and democracy: American politics into the twenty-first century series, Columbia University Press, 1999).

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