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Beatty is a Professor of Political Science at Washburn University in Topeka. He received his B.A. from Carleton College, his M.A. from the University of Kentucky, and his Ph.D from Arizona State University. His research and projects in Kansas Studies focus on Kansas history and politics, with a particular focus on Kansas governors and Kansas elections.
Bob is the political analyst for KSNT-27 News in Topeka and has co-produced and hosted debates for Kansas gubernatorial, U.S. Senate, and congressional races that have been televised across the state and nationwide on C-SPAN. He also writes a syndicated column on Kansas politics for the Insight Kansas newspaper syndicate. The column runs in over 20 newspapers, including the Wichita Eagle , Hutchinson News, Pittsburg Gazette, and Marysville Advocate.
Dr. Beatty's extensive work on the Kansas governor includes producing and writing the award-winning documentary, The Kansas Governor, which aired on statewide television and is now used in Kansas' college and high school classes. His interviews with Kansas' governors resulted in a special series of edited articles on the lives of Kansas governors William Avery, John Anderson, Mike Hayden, and John Carlin for the journal Kansas History: Journal of the Central Plains. To view video of the full interviews, go to http://www.kansasmemory.org/category/1280.
Dr. Beatty is the co-director of the Washburn Kansas Politics internship program. The program places, on average, 25 Washburn students a year in the offices of Kansas legislators, the Kansas governor, and the Topeka Mayor.
Dr. Beatty is also a frequent lecturer on American and Kansas politics locally and abroad. As a guest professor for the U.S. State Department he has conducted lecture tours in Mongolia, Russia, and China.
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