Department of Political Science
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Kenneth D. Wald
Distinguished Professor
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Kenneth D. Wald is Distinguished Professor of Political Science  and the Samuel R. "Bud" Shorstein Professor of American Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Florida. He has written about the relationship of religion and politics in the United States, Great Britain, and Israel. His most recent books include Religion and Politics in the United States (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010, 6th ed.), The Politics of Cultural Differences: Social Change and Voter Mobilization Strategies in the Post-New Deal Period (Princeton University Press, 2002, co-authored), and The Politics of Gay Rights (University of Chicago Press, 2000, coedited with Craig Rimmerman and Clyde Wilcox).

He has been a Fulbright Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a visiting scholar at the University of Strathyclyde (Glasgow), Haifa University (Israel), Harvard University, the University of Michigan, and the Centennial Center for Political Science & Public Affairs in Washington, DC. He has lectured widely at academic institutions in the United States and abroad and given talks in such disparate locales as the Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York, throughout China for the U.S. Information Agency, and  at two House Democratic Message Retreats in Congress.

Together with David C. Leege, he coedits the Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics for Cambridge University Press.  He has edited a special issue of the International Political Science Review and served on the editorial board of Political Behavior and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. He current serves on the editorial board of Politics and Religion.

At the University of Florida, he served as Chair (1989-1994) and Graduate Coordinator (1987-1989) of the Department of Political Science. From 1999 through 2004, he served as director of the Center for Jewish Studies. In 2011, he received the University's highest faculty award, Teacher/Scholar of the Year.

Dr. Wald received his BA from the University of Nebraska, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and earned his graduate degrees at Washington University in St. Louis.

A full curriculum vitae is available by request.


Ph.D. in Political Science (1976) Washington University-St. Louis

M.A. in Political Science (1973) Washington University-St. Louis.

B.A. in Political Science (1971) University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Academic Appointments outside UF

Visiting Professor, Frankel Institute of Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Fall, 2011)

Warren Miller Fellow in Comparative Electoral Politics, Centennial Center for Political Science & Public Affairs, American Political Science Association, Washington, DC (Fall, 2005)

Visiting Scholar, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (Spring, 2005)

Visiting Scholar, Department of Government, Haifa University, Israel (Spring 1995).

Visiting Professor, Department of Political Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel  (1990-91)

Visiting Scholar, Department of Government, University of Strathyclyde, Glasgow, Scotland (1978-9)

Research Associate, Department of Political Science, Washington University-St. Louis (Summer 1977)

University of Florida