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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Fred Slocum

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Associate Professor of Political Science

 Dr. Slocum

Office: 204A Morris Hall
Office phone: 507-389-6935
Department: Department of Government

Department phone: 507-389-2721

Updated main page: December 2015


  • Ph. D. (political science), University of Iowa, 1997. Comprehensive examination fields: American politics, comparative politics (primarily Western Europe), social psychology. Dissertation: "Images in Black and White: Measuring Racial Prejudice and Its Consequences."
  • M.A. (political science), University of Iowa, 1991.
  • B.A. (political science), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1989.
  • Completed the four-week Summer Institute in Political Psychology at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, August 1999.
  • Completed the five-week National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar, "Faulkner and Southern History," at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, July 2005.
  • Completed the nine-month 2005-2006 Leadership Institute of Greater Mankato, sponsored by the Greater Mankato Chamber of Commerce, full-day sessions ran each month from September 2005 to May 2006.
  • Completed the Oxford Round Table workshop on Diversity in Society, Oxford University, UK, March 2007.
  • Completed the Prague Summer Schools weeklong course, "Crime, Law and Psychology," sponsored by Schola Empirica (public policy institute), Prague, the Czech Republic, July 2014.

About My Research

My book chapter, "With God On Our Side: Moral and Religious Issues, Southern Culture, and Republican Realignment in the South," was published in Glenn Feldman (ed.), Painting Dixie Red: When, Where, Why and How the South Became Republican (2011: University Press of Florida). I am working with Kevin Parsneau on a data-driven research project investigating the impacts of internet appeals and political issue importance on political participation.

I also wrote eight articles for the national Encyclopedia of Social Sci International Encyclopedia of Social Sciences, 2nd edition (2008: Thomson Gale Publishing).  My articles are: "The New Deal," "Dealignment," "Public Opinion," "Polling," "Civil Rights," "Law and Order," "The Southern Strategy" and "Southern Politics."  The last of these, at 29 pages long, is virtually a book chapter on its own.  I also contributed an article on "Political Participation" for Immigration in America Today: An Encyclopedia (Greenwood Publishing, 2006).

In the Mankato area: I have directed several public opinion surveys, for clients such as the City of Mankato Department of Public Safety, the City of Janesville, MSU's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and MSU's Office of Information Technology Services.

About My Courses

Click on the appropriate link to view the syllabus for that particular course. Courses at the 100 and 200 levels are open to undergraduates only. Courses with dual numbers, 4XX/5XX, are open to both undergraduates (400-level courses) and graduate students (500-level courses).

POL 111, U.S. Government:                                            Syllabus

POL 221, Introduction to Political Analysis:                  Syllabus

POL 423/523, Political Parties:                                       Syllabus

POL 426/526, Racial and Ethnic Politics:                     Syllabus

POL 427/527, Political Psychology:                               Syllabus

POL 455/555, American Legal Philosophy:                 Syllabus

POL 461/561, Environmental Politics:                           Syllabus

POL 471/571, Public Opinion and Polling Methods:   Syllabus

POL 473/573, The Legislative Process:                       Syllabus

POL 474/574, The Executive Process:                         Syllabus

POL 476/576, Southern Politics:                                   Syllabus

POL 610, Seminar: American Government (graduate students only)  Syllabus forthcoming

My Professional Travels

I attend major political science or political psychology conferences two or three times each year. These have taken me to various cities, including Berlin, Germany; Chicago, Illinois; Kansas City, Missouri; Savannah, Georgia; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Portland, Oregon.  In addition, I have been on numerous other trips, to Washington D.C. with students (October 2006) and for institutes or workshops in Columbia, SC (June-July 2005), Thomson, GA (October 2006) and at Oxford University, UK (March 2007).   Click here for selected pictures from my trips for professional meetings and other activities.

Other Activities

I am a member of the department's Kessel Lecture Committee, and helped bring Kessel Lecturers to MSU in 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2011. For more information go to the Kessel Lecture page. I also participate in various other activities relating to my work at MSU. Click here for pictures from the 2002 and 2003 Kessel Lectures, and other events, including meetings of the Minnesota Political Science Association and other lectures I have attended off campus.

Professional Memberships

Pi Sigma Alpha

I am chapter advisor for Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honorary society for students in political science. Undergraduate and graduate students (of any major) who have completed 10 or more semester hours of coursework in political science, including at least one course at the 300 level or higher, with a 3.0 GPA in political science, are eligible for membership in Pi Sigma Alpha. In recent years, MSU’s Upsilon Alpha chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha has participated in undergraduate political science research conferences, and hosted the 2006 undergraduate research conference, guest speakers and initiation banquets. In January 2004, Pi Sigma Alpha students traveled with me to St. Paul to meet with Justice Sam Hanson of the Minnesota Supreme Court, and to visit the Minnesota Judicial Center and state capitol.  In October 2006, five Pi Sigma Alpha students and I traveled to Washington, D.C. for touring, sightseeing and learning about national government.  On March 14-15, 2008, students and I attended the Midwest Political Science Undergraduate Research Conference at Wartburg College, Waverly, IA.  In April 2007 and again in April 2014, I brought students to Chicago to attend the Midwest Political Science Association conference.  In March 2013, I again hosted the regional undergraduate research conference at MSU.


I grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, and graduated from a public, residential high school, the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, in Durham, NC. For college, I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (undergraduate) and the University of Iowa (graduate). My experiences growing up in the South have stimulated my interest in Southern politics. That has led me to write about racial conflict and other issues and conflicts in Southern politics, and also to teach a course on Southern politics, which I think is the only such course offered anywhere in the north central US.

My hobbies include music (especially singing and playing the piano), wine appreciation, and running.  In the community, I sing in the Mankato-based chamber choir Musicorum, which presents a concert each December and another each spring. Musicorum focuses on choral chamber music from the Renaissance era to the 20th century, and is currently directed by Dr. Brandon Dean.