Sherri L. Wallace Collection

Sherri L. Wallace, professor of political science at the University of Louisville, is an expert on college textbook diversity, race and politics, community economic development, and women and faculty of color in academe.

She is co-author with Hanes Walton, Jr. and Robert C. Smith of American Politics and the African American Quest for Universal Freedom, 8e (Routledge Press)  and 9e (forthcoming 2021), a text that is used to teach “African American Politics” and “Race and Politics” courses or used as a supplement in “American Government,” “Urban Politics” or related courses.  She developed the online instructor manual and PowerPoints to accompany the text adoption. She is also the co-author of scholarly articles related to diversity in college textbooks including the oft-quoted, “Survey of African American Portrayal in Introductory Textbooks in American Government/Politics:  A Report of the APSA Standing Committee on the Status of Blacks in the Profession” in PS: Political Science and Politics; “Teaching Introduction to American Government/Politics:  What We Learn from the Visual Images in Textbooks” in Journal of Political Science Education; and “Affirmative Action Debates in American Government Introductory Textbooks,” in Journal of Black Studies.

Professor Wallace is a dedicated educator and recipient of the Anna Julia Cooper Teacher of the Year Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS), the Grawemeyer Award for Outstanding Instructional Design, and the College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Champion Award at the University of Louisville. She has served on the APSA Executive Council, Standing Committee on the Status of Blacks in the Profession, as the program chair, co-chair and member on the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference program committees.  She also served on the Dianne Pinderhughes President’s Task Force on Political Science in the 21st Century, and as the chair of the Political Science Education section and respective committees.

The three (adapted) teaching resources offer not only a wealth of literature to understand the relationship between African Americans race history and the American political system via political behavior research, and how attributions of racial difference shape American socio-economic and political life.

Teaching Resources: 

  1. Course Syllabus for African American Politics
  2. Elements of Thought Exercise: “Applying the Elements” for viewing Films in class
  3. D.R.I.E. Essay on Lynching in America
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