Chapman Rackaway is an interim chair of Political Science at Fort Hays State University, serving on the faculty since 2003. Dr. Rackaway serves as the advisor for the undergraduate Political Management concentration as well as the Political Science, Public Administration, Political Leadership and Public Service, and Political Management graduate concentrations. Rackaway teaches campaign management, political organizations, political communication, and voting behavior. Dr. Rackaway’s research and teaching interests include political campaign organization and electioneering, campaign communication strategies particularly involving online and social media, Kansas politics, campaign finance, and curricular methods of building student engagement.
Rackaway has published in the Journal of Politics, Journal of Political Science Education, Social Science Computer Review and PS: Political Science and Politics and has contributed book chapters to recent publications on gender images in political campaigns, technology and simulations in the classroom, and the use of online tools by state-level political campaigns. Rackaway is the author of Communicating Politics, a webtext with Soomo Publishing and co-author of American Government: Politics and Political Culture with William Lyons and John Scheb, currently in its fifth edition.
Since 2010 Dr. Rackaway has been a member of the Insight Kansas consortium, a weekly column on Kansas politics written by political scientists at Board of Regents Institutions and syndicated in more than twenty newspapers across the state. Rackaway regularly moderates public affairs events, including candidate debates and Kansas legislature programming on Smoky Hills Public Television. With College of Business and Entrepreneurship Dean Mark Bannister, Rackaway co-hosts Talking Democracy, a weekly public affairs program on KFHS-TV. Dr. Rackaway is a regular guest on KAKE-TV’s This Week in Kansas and is quoted regularly in newspapers across the state on Kansas politics. In 2011-2012 Rackaway served as President of the FHSU Faculty Senate, is a two-time nominee for the Pilot Award.
Dr. Rackaway has been a policy fellow at the Docking Institute since his arrival at FHSU in 2003. As a fellow, Rackaway has not only helped the Institute’s public affairs television programming with Smoky Hills Public Television, but has participated in developing a tax survey for Hays economic development, student political surveys, and regularly assists with the Kansas Speaks survey.
A former campaign manager for a variety of candidates, Rackaway provided communication and strategic direction for campaigns from county auditor to U.S. Congress. Dr. Rackaway has previously served as Political Science Department chair at Linn State Technical College and taught at State Fair Community College, Lincoln University (Missouri), the University of Missouri and Columbia College. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Missouri in 2002.