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Whitney Manzo

Whitney Ross Manzo

Associate Professor of Political Science; Pre-Law Adviser

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Dr. Whitney Ross Manzo is currently an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Meredith College. She also serves as the Pre-Law Adviser and Assistant Director of the Meredith Poll. She has previously taught at the University of Texas at Dallas and in the Dallas County Community College District.

Work Experience
Dr. Manzo holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas in Political Science and Methodology. Her general field is American politics, and her primary expertise is in the areas of public opinion, constitutional and electoral law, elections, and gender issues in politics.

Dr. Manzo’s research agenda focuses on imbalances of power. She is currently working on updating and expanding “The Status of Women in North Carolina Politics” report with Dr. David McLennan and a book project on assessment in higher education. She also studies how new voting rules affect turnout and behavior and has given presentations to civic groups discussing voter ID laws. She is an active member of the American Political Science Association, the Midwestern Political Science Association, the Southern Political Science Association, and the Southern Association of Pre-Law Advisers.

Academic Credentials

PhD. – Political Science and Methodology, The University of Texas at Dallas, 2014
M.A. – Political Science, The University of Texas at Dallas, 2012
B.A.. – Political Science and History, The University of Oklahoma, 2007


Brunell, Thomas L., and Whitney Ross Manzo. "The Voting Rights Act after Shelby County v. Holder: A Potential Fix to Revive Section 5." Transatlantica 1 (2015).

Manzo, Whitney Ross. “Teaching Political Theory and Theories.” PS: Political Science and Politics 48, no. 3 (2015).

Brunell, Thomas L., and Whitney Ross Manzo. "The Impact of Cox v. Larios on State Legislative Population Deviations." Election Law Journal 13, no. 3 (2014).

Other Publications and Media Coverage

“One party is ‘racist,’ the other ‘losers?’ Ut-oh,” with David McLennan. Published in The Charlotte Observer, April 10, 2017.

“The GOP Can’t Dump Trump.” Published in US News and World Report, August 19, 2016.

“Why Millennials Love Bernie Sanders.” Published in USA Today, February 20, 2016.

“The Real Hillary Clinton Problem,” with David McLennan. Published in The Washington Times, May 4, 2015.

Dr. Manzo is also a regular contributor to The Morning News on News Talk 770, and has been interviewed for NPR, AP, the Christian Science Monitor, and CQ Researcher.


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