Quentin Kidd is Dean of the College of Social Sciences, professor of political science and Director of the Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. His teaching and research in the areas of race and ethnic politics, civic participation, and public opinion and policy make him a frequent TV and radio commentator in Virginia and nationally. Quentin is an author of The Rational Southerner: Black Mobilization, Republic Growth and Partisan Transformation of the American South (2012, Oxford University Press), which traces political realignment in the American South from a Democratic bastion to a Republican stronghold. The book argues that race was—and still is—the primary driver behind political change in the region.
Quentin has received numerous teaching awards including the Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia, the Christopher Newport Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship, and the Christopher Newport Alumni Society Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring. He has been named “Professor of the Year” three times by the students at Christopher Newport. Quentin holds a doctorate in Political Science from Texas Tech University.