Department of Political Science

King is one of two Auburn professors honored with faculty enhancement awards

Published on Jun 08, 2017

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A pair of researchers from Auburn University— Bridgett King, assistant professor of political science in the College of Liberal Arts, and Majid Beidaghi, assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering in the College of Engineering, have been named recipients of the 2017 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards, given annually by the Oak Ridge Associated Universities consortium, or ORAU.

The awards are intended to provide seed funding and enhance the research and professional growth of junior faculty at ORAU member institutions. Each winner receives a one-year, $5,000 research grant from ORAU, which is matched by the faculty member’s institution.

"It is a great achievement for Auburn University to receive two Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards from ORAU," said John Mason, Auburn’s vice president for research and economic development. "It speaks very highly of Dr. King and Dr. Beidaghi and their promising research programs that ORAU has selected them for this honor."

King, who joined Auburn’s faculty in 2014, will work with colleagues from the University of Kentucky to study the impact of felony disenfranchisement laws and policy on community voter turnout among citizens who are still legally able to vote. The team will utilize geographic information system technology in combination with data on felony convictions, precinct-specific election data and information from the U.S. Census for a comprehensive precinct-level analysis.

“Dr. King is an outstanding scholar who is working on important voting rights issues. The significance of her scholarship warrants this award” said Joseph Aistrup, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. 

King teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in state and local government, American government, the Presidency, political participation, and public policy. While pursuing her PhD at Kent State University, Dr. King coordinated the McNair Scholars program, a program aimed at boosting the number of low income, first generation, and underrepresented college students who pursue doctoral degrees. Prior to joining the Auburn University political science faculty, Dr. King was a Voting Rights Researcher in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. Since joining the faculty, she has been a regular contributor to professional development courses offered through The Election Center. Dr. King is also the faculty advisor for Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society. 

Original report by Jonathan Cullum | Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development