Examining the political glass ceiling

Dr. Dennis Simon

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Founding member, The John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies
Dedman College of Humanities and Science
SMU’s Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science 2013 Distinguished University Citizen Award

Dr. Dennis Simon is an expert on the American presidency, presidential-congressional relations, public opinion, electoral behavior and research methodology. With more than 20 years of combined research experience, Professor Simon and co-author Barbara Palmer explored the reasons behind the continuing underrepresentation of women in Congress in their book, Women & Congressional Elections: A Century of Change.

He is also a faculty leader for the SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage, which marked its 10th anniversary in 2014. The eight-day bus journey takes students, faculty and staff to visit the American South’s civil rights landmarks and leaders in the movement. The group’s stops include Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas; the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama; Montgomery’s Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King served as pastor; the campus of Ole Miss in Oxford; and the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where Dr. King was assassinated.


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