Ray Block is Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at Pennsylvania State University.  Previously, he was on the faculty at the Department of Political Science at the University of Kentucky and the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. He received his BA in philosophy and political science from Howard University and his Ph.D. in Political Science from The Ohio State University. 

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Dr. Block’s research interests include racial, ethnic, and gender differences in civic involvement; the formation and mutability of social identity; campaigns and elections; and other topics. He has published dozens of book chapters, manuscripts, and peer-reviewed journal articles and is co-author of "Losing Power: Americans and Racial Polarization in Tennessee Politics," a book in progress under advance contract with the University of Georgia Press. He serves as co-chair of the public opinion and political participation section of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, and as faculty coach for the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. Dr. Block is a member of several professional organizations including the American Political Science Association and the Society for Political Methodology.