Ph.D., Washington University (St. Louis), 1978.
Fields: Judicial Politics and Constitutional Law, Black Politics, Urban Politics.
He is a former president of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. Recent publications include
Civil Liberties and the Constitution: Cases and Commen-taries (Prentice Hall, 1999, with Lucius J. Barker, Twiley W.
Barker, Jr., Kevin Lyles, and H. W. Perry), "Race or Place? Emerging Public Perspectives on Urban Education," PS 30:
1997: 454-458 (Sigelman, Combs, Welch and Bledsoe), and "Police Brutality and Public Perceptions of Racial Discrimination:
A Tale of Two Beatings", Political Research Quarterly, December 1997 (Welch, Combs, Sigelman, Bledsoe). He received
the 1996 Liberty Bell Award from the Lincoln Bar Association, as well as the Recognition Award for Contributions to
Students sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Parents' Association and Teaching Council, January 1992, 1993, and 1995.