Michael K. Fauntroy

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Michael K. Fauntroy is associate professor of political science, associate chair, and graduate program director at Howard University, where he teaches courses in African American political behavior, American political parties, interest groups, and national government. He joined the faculty at Howard in 2013 after 11 years on the faculty of the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. Before entering academia, he was an analyst in American national government at the Congressional Research Service (CRS). At CRS, he provided research and consultations for members and committees of Congress. He also served as a civil rights analyst at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, where he conducted research on civil rights issues such as voting rights and fair housing. Fauntroy's second book, "Republicans and the Black Vote," analyzes the historical relationship between African Americans and the GOP and was a 2007 Foreword magazine book of the year finalist. He is also the author of "Home Rule or House Rule? Congress and the Erosion of Local Governance in the District of Columbia." A third book, "More than Just Partisanship: Conservatism and Black Voter Suppression" will be published in 2017 by New York University Press. A regular contributor to The Huffington Post, he has been published in The Root, The Washington Times,, and The Black Commentator. He has been quoted widely in print publications such as The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, USA Today, Politico, Newsday, Black Enterprise, The Washington Times, the New York Daily News,, and the Boston Globe. Fauntroy is a continuing media presence commenting and analyzing national issues. He is currently a political analyst for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio. He has been heard or seen on national radio and television networks such as ABC (World News Tonight), CBS (Evening News and The Early Show), CNN (American Morning), MSNBC (Hardball), Fox News (Hannity and Colmes), NBC (Nightly News and Today), PBS (The NewsHour and Tavis Smiley), CTV-Toronto, Comcast (Your Morning), National Public Radio (Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation, and News and Notes), Public Radio International (The Tavis Smiley Show), Al Jazeera America (Inside Story with Ray Suarez), Radio One, the British Broadcasting Corporation, the CTV News -- Toronto, Pacifica Radio, and XM Satellite Radio. Fauntroy is a graduate of Hampton University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He earned a Master's degree in Public Affairs, specializing in public administration and public policy analysis and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Political Science from Howard University.