Ray Mikell

Teaching Experience

Visiting Assistant Professor, Adjunct Professor; Jackson State University (MS), Department of Political Science; Fall 2012-Present

  • The American Presidency
  • Constitutional Law
  • American Judicial Process
  • Introduction to American Government (Classroom & Online)
  • Political Parties and Interest Groups
  • Introduction to Political Science (Comparative, Classroom & Online)
  • Scope and Methods of Political Science & Senior Research Seminar (two-part)
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics Modernization and Political Development (Comparative)
  • Methods and Approach to Political Science (Graduate)

Adjunct Professor, American Public University System (Online): 2017-2018

  • Political Parties and Interest Group Behavior (Graduate)
  • The U.S. Presidency, Congress, & Bureaucracy (Graduate)
  • Public Policy (Undergraduate) 
  • American Government (Undergraduate)

Adjunct Professor, Tulane School of Continuing Studies (Madison MS); 2013-2016

  • The American Presidency
  • Comparative Politics
  • Politics and Film
  • The Political World: State and Local Government Seminar (Graduate)

Adjunct Professor, Tulane University (New Orleans), Department of Political Science; Fall 2009

  • The American Presidency
  • The Politics of Public Policy

Visiting Assistant Professor; University of New Orleans, Department of Political Science; 2006-2008

  • Seminar in Urban Political Systems (Graduate)
  • Introduction to American Government (Classroom, Online)
  • The Politics of Public Policy
  • The American Presidency
  • Politics and the Cinema

Visiting Instructor; Augusta State University (GA), Department of Political Science; 2004-2006

  • Introduction to American Government
  • Political Science Research Methods

Graduate Teaching Assistant; University of Alabama, Department of Political Science, 1999-2003

  • Introduction to American Government
  • Introduction to American Public Policy
  • State & Local Government 

Content/Outside Work, Political Science

Subject Matter Expert, Writer; Political Science

  • W.W. Norton & Company, New York, NY; 2017-Present. Subject: American Government
  • Cohesion (formerly nSight, Inc.,) Burlington, MA, under contract with Pearson Education, 2013-2016. Subjects: American State & Local Government, Comparative Politics, International Relations

Research Experience, Interests


  • Interests: Urban and community politics and policy, public policy, teaching and learning
  • Fields: Public Policy and Administration, American Politics, Comparative Politics
  • Methods: Survey design and administration, social network analysis, qualitative interviews

Recent Publications:

  • Methods Discussion and Active Learning in a Volatile Age: A Reflection and Analysis (2018). Journal of Political Science Education. Published online, July 24. DOI: 10.1080/15512169.2018.1464928
  • 2017 APSA Teaching and Learning Conference and Track Summaries. (2017). PS: Political Science & Politics, 50(3), 849-858. (“The Virtual and Technologically Enhanced Classroom,” with Sara Moats.)
  • 2016 APSA Teaching and Learning Conference and Track Summaries. (2016). PS: Political Science & Politics, 49(3), 571-586. (“Core Curriculum/General Education,” with Kelly A. Clancy and Everett A. Vieira III.)

Select Presentations/Posters

  • Corrective Feedback as Catalyst for Critical Thinking and Deeper Learning: A Pilot Study. 14th Annual Teaching & Learning Conference, American Political Science Association. Long Beach, California: Feb. 11, 2017.
  • Context-Dependent Multiple Choice Questions and Learning Retention in Teaching About Democracy: A Pilot Project. 13th Annual Teaching & Learning Conference, American Political Science Association. Portland, Oregon; February 12, 2016.
  • New grassroots order? Civic networks in post-Katrina New Orleans” (Poster). Harvard Networks in Political Science Conference. Cambridge, Massachusetts; June 13, 2008.
  • Survival of the fittest, or a new grass-roots order? Cooperation among neighborhood organizations in post-Katrina New Orleans. The Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting 2008. New Orleans, Louisiana; Jan. 10, 2008.
  • A Unified New Orleans? Neighborhood organizations and the post-Katrina planning process in the Crescent City. Urban Affairs Association 37th Annual Meeting. Seattle, Washington; April 28, 2007.

Graduate Research

  • Doctoral Dissertation: The Nexus of Government and Social Capital: Community Development in Trinity Gardens.
  • Master’s Thesis: Cure for the Delta Blues? A Case Study of the Mid-Delta Empowerment Zone.



  • University of Alabama, Political Science; 2005Doctorate
  • Mississippi State University, Political Science; 1999Master of Arts
  • University of Mississippi, Journalism; 1988 Bachelor of Arts.

Additional Training

  • Digital Literacy, Creativity and Communication; Adobe Education Exchange (Online),
  • 2017 Harvard Networks in Political Science Pre-Conference Workshop,
  • 2008 Summer Institute in Political Psychology; The Ohio State University, 2001


Jackson State University:

  • Pre-Law Program/Phi Delta Phi Advisor
  • Innovate Week Committee
  • Political Science Curriculum Committee

University of New Orleans

  • Pi Sigma Alpha Advisor