James White

White, James

Title: Professor of Political Science

College: College of Science, Mathematics, and Health

Department: Department of Social Sciences, Safe Zone

Phone: 304-384-6061

Discipline: Political Science

Room: Marsh Hall 233

Box: F-42

White, James


Jim White is a Professor of Political Science at Concord University, where he has taught since 1998. He earned his Doctorate in Political Science from American University, his Masters Degree in Public Affairs from North Carolina State University, and his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Duke University. Before coming to Concord, Dr. White worked in various capacities for the United States Department of Health and Human Services, administering child care and public assistance programs. He has also served as a legislative aid to both New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean.


Ph.D., American University (1998)
M.P.A., North Carolina State University (1989)
B.A., Duke University (1983)


Selected Publications and Presentations

“Election Day Registration and Turnout Inequality,” Political Behavior, March 2000. Stephen Knack, co-author.

“Did States’ Motor Voter Programs Help the Democrats?” American Politics Quarterly. July 1998. Stephen Knack, co-author.

“Just the Facts, Please,” Charleston Gazette, July 19, 2010.

“West Virginia Schools Could Do Better,” The Legislature, West Virginia School Board Association, vol. 30, issue 9, February 12, 2010.

“Too Many Students Lack Basics,” Charleston Gazette, December 27, 2009.

“Don’t Bet on 2010 Election Forecasts,” Charleston Gazette, November 2, 2009.

Moderator, “State and National Education Crises,” West Virginia Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Morgantown, WV, September 2009.

“Constitution Day – Celebrate with Renewed Commitment,” co-author Sally Howard Campbell, Bluefield DailyTelegraph, September 17, 2009.

“We Need Two Parties that Work,” Charleston Gazette, July 8, 2009.

Discussant, “Does Racism Play a Part in West Virginia Politics?” Conference on Race, Politics, and Stereotypes in West Virginia, Huntington, West Virginia, September 2008.

“West Virginia Politics, Are We a Red or Blue State,” Biennial Conference on Appalachian Geography, Pipestem, West Virginia, April 2007.

Panel Moderator, Presenting “Revising ‘American Federal Government,’ an Introductory and General Studies Course,” West Virginia Political Science Association, Annual Meeting, October 2007.

“Vote (But Don’t Expect Anything to Change in D.C.),” Charleston Gazette, October 3, 2006.

Discussant, Voting and Elections Panel, Pacific Northwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, October 2006.

”America’s Future Depends on Collective Change,” Charleston Gazette. September 5, 2005.

”Race Has Been Oversimplified,” Charleston Gazette. October 6, 2004. George Towers, co-author.

”The Blushing Battleground State of West Virginia: Is the Country’s Bluest State Turning Red?” West Virginia Political Science Association Annual Meeting, October 2005.

”The History of Anti-Poverty Programs,” West Virginia Social Work Education Consortium, April 2004.

”Issues in Social Welfare Privatization,” West Virginia Social Work Education Consortium, February 2003.

”The Florida Presidential Election Debacle: It Could Have Happened Here,” West Virginia Council for the Social Studies and the Conference of Appalachian Geography and Geography Education, Annual Meeting, March 2002.

Chair, Public Administration Roundtable, West Virginia Political Science Association Annual Meeting. 2000.