Richard Valelly

Professor of Political Science, Swarthmore College

Richard Valelly is professor of political science at Swarthmore College, where he has taught since 1993. There he teaches the introduction to American politics, Congress, social and macroeconomic policy, an honors seminar on the American political system, and an introduction to social choice and game theory. He offers occasional electives on such topics as American political development, elections in the U.S., and the politics and law of voting rights. Before joining the faculty at Swarthmore he taught at MIT. He also has taught at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania.

He has held residential fellowships at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard, the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC and the Massachusetts Historical Society. In 1997 he held a research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

He has just published his second book, The Two Reconstructions: The Struggle For Black Enfranchisement due out in October 2004 from the University of Chicago Press.

While at the Center, he will research and write about remote voting -- vote-by-mail, absentee balloting, and internet voting -- and what they mean for citizenship, as well as focus on the implementation of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 and the impending struggle over the Voting Rights Act reauthorization.