King of Politics
Story and photography by Tiffany J. Le Gal
Friday, October 8, 2010
Political science Professor James D. King, Ph.D. was originally contemplating pursuing a degree in history. However, his first high school political science course, back in Michigan, managed to persuade him into the world of politics. King enjoys teaching government because of its "historical elements and contemporary applicability."
A PROFESSOR'S EDUCATION
King is a Michigan native and was happy to pursue his education in state. He graduated in 1974 from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Social Science Teaching. He then went onto Western Michigan University, where he received his M.A. in Political Science in 1977. Leaving Michigan, King studied political science at the University of Missouri and graduated with his Ph. D. in 1983.
Beginning his scholarship as an assistant professor at the University of Memphis in 1981, King taught classes such as "American Government," "Political Inquiry," "State & Local Government" and "Intro to Public Policy." He stayed on at UM for eleven years, expanding his curricula and courses while working as an associate professor and department chair of the political science department.
The University of Wyoming smartly added King to their political science department in 1992. Since that time he has become the head of the department, accepting the title in 2007. King was also department head from 2001-2004. Just by reviewing the professor's brief vitae online, it is obvious he has thoroughly dedicated himself to his field of study. He is a very well respected member of the University of Wyoming faculty, according to students and his fellow colleagues.