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Rackaway is an Associate Professor of Political Science at FHSU, 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
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.
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.
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.
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.