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Dr. James King

ProfessorĀ of Political Science

Jim King in front of a bookshelf

Academic Areas of Expertise:

American government and politics

Curriculum Vitae


Jim King joined the UW political science faculty in 1992 and previously taught at the University of Memphis. In addition to "American and Wyoming Government," he regularly offers elective classes on American politics, including "U.S. Presidency" and "Seminar in American Political Institutions." During election years he is frequently interviewed by national and state media outlets about Wyoming politics.

Jim's interest in American politics extends from the classroom to his research, which focuses on various aspects of the presidency. Current research focuses on transitions between presidential administrations, presidents' choice and organization of advisors, and the effects of congressional candidates attacking the president or endorsing the president's policies during midterm election campaigns. He is a co-author of The Equality State: Government and Politics in Wyoming, and the author/co-author of numerous chapters in anthologies and articles in political science journals.

In 2019 Jim received the George Duke Humphrey Distinguished Faculty Award, UW's highest faculty recognition. Previous UW awards include the College of Arts and Sciences' Exemplary Faculty Award, Promoting Intellectual Engagement in the First Year (PIE) Award, "Top Prof" Award of the University of Wyoming Mortar Board Society, and A&S Extraordinary Merit for Research. Jim is a past-president of the Southwestern Political Science Association and has held leadership positions in other professional associations. 

Fun Facts About Jim:

A native of Michigan, he is married to Barbara Azaria King and has two sons, Alex and Justin. Recreation activities vary with the seasons and include golf, cycling, hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing.

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