Dr. Saundra Curry Ardrey is chair of the Political
Science Department and Director of the African American Studies at
Western Kentucky University. She is also the only African American
department head at the University. Dr. Ardrey specializes in voting and
electoral behavior, conducts research on the political participation of
women and minorities, and has made contributions to the extant
literature through publications on the political beliefs and behavior of
African Americans. Her areas of expertise focus on the impact of race
on politics and the role gender plays in vote choice and participation.
Other interests include African American Studies, media and politics,
campaign management and public opinion.
A graduate of
Winston-Salem State University and The Ohio State University, she is
recognized as a media analyst, and she is active in state and local
politics and community activities. She has been a campaign manager, a
member of the Democratic Party executive committee, president of the
Bowling Green/Warren County NOW, and currently serves as the political
action committee chair for the Bowling Green/Warren County National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Dr. Ardrey served as president and as executive secretary of the Kentucky
Political Science Association (the first African American to serve in
both those positions), she is a member of the American Political Science
Association Women’s Section Committee, and she co-founded and
co-directs the WKU Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility.
She has received numerous awards and honors, including Outstanding
People of the 20th Century.
Dr. Ardrey taught Political Science
at Furman University from 1983 to 1988. She created the Department’s
first course on Racial and Ethnic Politics. Her husband of thirty-six
years, Dr. William Ardrey, is a trauma specialist with Inspire Medical
Group. They have two children, Chris and Lindsey.