Tyson King-Meadows, chair of Africana studies and associate professor of political science, has been appointed associate dean of UMBC’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS), beginning in summer 2016.
King-Meadows joined UMBC in 2003 and has held numerous leadership positions across campus. He’s an affiliate faculty member of the School of Public Policy and the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research. Most recently, he served on the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and the Collective Impact in Research, Scholarship & Creative Achievement Strategy Group.
Prof. King-Meadows co-chairs the Executive Committee for the Recruitment, Retention and Advancement of Underrepresented Minority Faculty and has been instrumental in developing initiatives, polices, and procedures to enhance UMBC’s success at recruiting and retaining under-represented minority faculty. Among several other multi-university initiatives, he has served or currently serves as chair of the Honors College Advisory Board, chair of the CAHSS Black Faculty Committee, and member of the Shriver Center Faculty Advisory Board. King-Meadows brings a wealth of experience shepherding experiential learning initiatives and programs designed to enhance college equity and access.
He earned his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has received external funding from various agencies and foundations, including the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has served as a Fulbright Scholar, as president of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, and as a research fellow at Harvard University, Princeton University, and Johns Hopkins University.
A highly regarded teacher and scholar, King-Meadows has mentored a number of dynamic undergraduate research assistants, published innovative scholarship, and has been a research associate for the Joint Center for Economic and Political Studies and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
In 2012, he received the American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship, the discipline’s most prestigious fellowship award designed to expand knowledge and awareness of Congress, and worked as a full-time staffer for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on the Judiciary. His book on enforcement of the Voting Rights Act has garnered critical acclaim from journalists, activists, scholars, and legislators. His current projects examine the impact of racial imagery and racial attitudes on public support for federal policies designed to ameliorate political and economic inequality.
“Tyson King-Meadows is already a leader in teaching, scholarship, and service to the university and the community. I look forward to his expanded role in supporting the missions of the college and UMBC,” shares Scott Casper, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
Photos by Marlayna Demond ’11 for UMBC.