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Shameka Cathey, PhD


Shameka Nicole Cathey is an American politics scholar, focusing on the areas of Civil Rights, African American Politics, and Women, Gender and Sexuality.  As a scholar-activist, she intentionally works to integrate applied research with social justice issues.  She prides herself on working in partnership with students, colleagues and community advocates to uplift the freedom, affirmation, and celebration of all diverse identities.  Dr. Cathey is currently completing an introductory text on African American LGBTQ politics and serves as the co-chair of the LGBTQ Caucus within the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS).  She further serves the profession through membership in the American Political Science Association (APSA) and the American Society of Public Administrators (ASPA).  In addition to her scholarly pursuits in American politics, Dr. Cathey is preparing for pastoral ministry and anticipates graduating with a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University in May 2021.


413E Crouch Hall, (615) 963-5514,  scathey@tnstate.edu


PhD, Howard University, Political Science, 2013

MDiv, Vanderbilt University, Expected May 2021

MPPA, Mississippi State University, 2006

BS, Jackson State University, 2003

Courses Taught

Introduction to Political Science, American Government, African American Politics, Public Policy, Public Administration, Urban Politics, US Presidency, Political Parties and Interest Groups, Political Communications, Civic Engagement, Women and Politics, Gender Justice, Women in the Criminal Justice System, The Politics of Food and Gender, Social Media and Social Change, Public Policy and Social Change, The New Jim Crow, Race, Ethnicity and the Constitution, Social Justice and Prison Reform

Research Interests

Civil Rights, African American Politics, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Selected Publications

Cathey, Shameka N. and Hunt, Jerome (Forthcoming). African American LGBTQ Politics. New, NY: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

Cathey, Shameka. (2008). Gender. Perceptions of Peaceful Behavior in Washington, DC. New York, NY: Publishers Choice Press/iUniverse.

Cathey, Shameka N. (2007). Retail Sales. Historical Political Economy of Washington, DC. New York, NY: Publishers Choice Press/iUniverse.