Dr. Todd G. Shields is dean of the Graduate School and International Education and director of the Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He served as interim associate dean of academic affairs at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service for the 2010-11 academic year.
Shields earned his B.A. from the University of Miami in 1990 and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Kentucky in 1991 and 1994. He is also a graduate of the Management Development Program in Higher Education at Harvard University.
His research interests lie broadly in applied statistics and American elections. He has published dozens of journal articles and is the co-author or co-editor of four books, including “The Persuadable Voter: Wedge Issues in Presidential Campaigns,” the winner of the Robert E. Lane award for the best book in political psychology awarded by the American Political Science Association in 2009.
He is also the co-author of “Money Matters: The Effects of Campaign Finance Reform on Congressional Elections” and the co-editor of “The Clinton Riddle: Interdisciplinary Perspectives of the 42nd President” and “New Voices in the Old South: How Women and Minorities Influence Southern Politics.”
He is currently at work on edited volumes examining the scholarly legacies of V.O. Key Jr. and C. Van Woodward, two of the most influential scholars in the fields of southern politics and history. He generally teaches courses in research methods, applied statistics and survey research.