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Dr. Bridgett A. King

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Kentucky


Bridgett A. King is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Kentucky. Current overarching themes in her scholarship include the administrative structure of felony disenfranchisement and its effect on participation and representation, citizen confidence in electoral outcomes, and the consequences of administrative discretion on voter experiences and democratic representation. She also works on interdisciplinary projects that apply systems and architectural engineering approaches to the field of election administration to address challenges associated with administrative decision-making and voter experiences. As an extension of this work, she has an expanding research agenda that considers the how citizens engage in democratic participation in Liberia.  


Dr. King’s research has appeared in the Election Law Journal, Journal of Black Studies, Social Science Quarterly, Government Information Quarterly, Policy Studies, and the Journal of Information Technology and Politics. She has received external support for her election research from the National Science Foundation, Rockefeller Family Fund, Democracy Fund, and others. She holds positions in several election administration applied and research-focused projects and initiatives. She is currently on the Electoral Integrity Project International Academic Advisory Board, a track leader with the Election and Voting Information Center (EVIC), a Research Partner with the Democracy, Power, and Innovation Fund, and a Research Partner with the University of Rhode Island Voter Operations and Election Systems (URIVOTES).


Lastly, she regularly contributes to the broader elections community by speaking on domestic and international academic and practitioner panels on issues related to election administration and participates in domestic and international election observation efforts.



Election administration, public policy, citizen voting experiences, and representation

Recent Publications


The Role of Market Associations in Facilitating Women’s Informal Political Participation and Economic Development in Ghana” (2023). In Women's Contributions to Development in West Africa: Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives. Editors: Kelly Krawczyk, Bridgett King. Palgrave Macmillan. (with Kelly Krawczyk, Noemi Oeding, and Shaniqua Williams).


Bernardo, N, King, B, and Macht, G. (2022). COVID-19 and United States Election Systems: A Simulation Study of In-person Voting in Rhode Island. Journal of Simulation, DOI: 10.1080/17477778.2022.2155258.


Williamson, R. and King, B. (2022). Redistricting and Incarceration: Examining the Electoral Consequences of New York’s Prohibition on Prison Gerrymandering.  State Politics and Policy Quarterly, 22(4), 418-437.


King, B. Waiting to Vote: The Effect of Administrative Irregularities at Polling Locations and Voter Confidence. (2020). Policy Studies, 41(2-3), 190-209.


King. B. and Barnes, A. (2019). Descriptive Representation among Poll Workers and Citizen Confidence in Election Administration. Election Law Journal, 18(1), 16-30.

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