Kenneth Wald, a professor of Political Science at the University of Florida since 1983, has written about the relationship of religion and politics in the United States, Great Britain, and Israel. His most recent publications include the The Politics of Gay Rights (University of Chicago Press, 2000, co edited with Craig Rimmerman and Clyde Wilcox) and Private Lives, Public Conflicts: Battles over Gay Rights in American Communities (Congressional Quarterly, 1997, coauthored with James Button and Barbara Rienzo). In the fall of 2002, Princeton University Press will publish his newest book, The Politics of Cultural Differences: Social Change and Voter Mobilization Strategies in the Post-New Deal Period.
He has been a Fulbright Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a visiting professor at the University of Strathyclyde in Glasgow, Scotland and at Haifa University in Israel. Dr. Wald also serves on the international advisory board of the Netanya Academic College, Israel's first private institution of higher education, and was a member of international editorial board of Congressional Quarterly's Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion.
During the summer of 1997, he lectured on religion and politics at the Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York. In 1998, shortly before President Clinton's state visit, Dr. Wald presented a series at academic institutions throughout the Peoples' Republic of China. Under the auspices of the United States Information Agency, he lectured on the role of religion in American public life and foreign policy. He also attended the Fulbright Summer Seminar in Germany in 2000.At the University of Florida, he has served as Chair (1989-1994) and Graduate Coordinator (1987-1989) of the Department of Political Science. In July, 1999, he became the director of the Center for Jewish Studies.
Dr. Wald received his BA from the University of Nebraska, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and earned his graduate degrees at Washington University in St. Louis.