Lynne Ford


Address: JC Long, 9 Liberty Street, Room 228
Office Hours: By appointment only
Phone: 843.953.6531

Lynne Ford joined the Department of Political Science in 1991 and served as department chair from 2000 until 2008. She has led and been involved with a number of campus-wide initiatives including a major review of General Education, Faculty Compensation, the Identity of the College, the First Year Experience, Civic Engagement, Convocation, and the College Reads!. She has been active in faculty governance including service in the Faculty Senate and on numerous committees including the Advisory Committee on Tenure, Promotion and Third-year Review, Curriculum, Assessment, Post-Tenure Review, Budget, Committee on Nominations and Elections, and Faculty By-Laws. In 2010, she received the College’s Distinguished Service Award. From 2010 until 2014, Dr. Ford served as Associate Provost for Curriculum and Academic Administration. Most recently, she has served as Associate Vice President for the Academic Experience (2014-2022) before returning to the faculty in Political Science full-time in Fall 2022.

Ford earned her B.A. degree from The Pennsylvania State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her teaching and research interests are in American politics with an emphasis on women and politics, elections and voting behavior, and civic engagement. Her book, Women and Politics: The Pursuit of Equality is now in its third edition. The Encyclopedia of Women and American Politics, published in 2008, was named one of the top twenty reference books by the New York Public Library in 2009. In 2009 she joined the author team for American Government & Politics Today, an introductory text, now in its 19th edition (2020). She serves on the editorial board for two political science journals and has served in a variety of leadership roles with the American Political Science Association and the Southern Political Science Association including the Status of Women Committee for both organizations and the APSA Departmental Services Committee.


Ph.D., M.A., University of Maryland
B.A., Pennsylvania State University
Field of Specialization: American Politics