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Bob Darcy, Regents Professor Emeritus

Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1971

Research Interests
        American Government

Elections and Voting
Women in Politics
Oklahoma Politics
Research Methods


Bob Darcy taught Political Science and Statistics at Oklahoma State University from 1977 through 2010. In 1991 he was made Regents Professor. He has been visiting professor at Liaoning Normal University, Dalian, China, Tel Aviv University in Israel, Keele University in England, Trinity College Dublin, Queen’s University Belfast, University College Galway, University of New South Wales Canberra, Academy of Korean Studies Seoul, Nagpur University India, and the Universities of Connecticut and New Orleans. He lectured at universities and institutions in the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and South America.


He specializes in elections. He is author or co-author of Women Elections & RepresentationA Guide to Quantitative History, The Oklahoma Women's Almanac and more than ninety published academic articles. He has also published fiction. Current research includes Oklahoma and the Legal Struggle For Civil Rights 1890 – 1954 and Formal Electoral Modeling (with Mark Payton).

Bob Darcy co-authored the first research to demonstrate women compete equally with similar men candidates. He co-authored a Markov model showing it will take decades for women to replace male incumbents unless incumbent power is reduced. He also pioneered in showing the impact of ballot design on voter choice.

Darcy has been appointed to Oklahoma commissions dealing with judicial selection and women's issues and has served as an expert on elections and racial disparities for attorneys general in the Federal courts of six states. He was elected Chair of the Arts and Sciences Faculty Council, Chair of the OSU General Faculty and twice chair of OSU's AAUP chapter. He was honored with OSU's Sigma Xi Lectureship, the Oklahoma Bar Association's Liberty Bell Award, a Commendation from the Oklahoma House of Representatives and was made Keele University's (England) Bruce Fellow. He served the Oklahoma Political Science Association as President and Editor of Oklahoma Politics. The Association named him Outstanding Oklahoma Political Scientist in 1993 and named a service award for him. The National Association of Commissions for Women twice presented its Outstanding Achievement Award for work Darcy co-authored. Darcy's biography is in Who's Who in America. His degrees are from the University of Wisconsin and the University of Kentucky.

He is married to Lynne Murnane. They have two daughters, Mary and Catherine, and four grandchildren, Éamonn, Ruairí, Malachy, Fionnuala, Taylor and Leena. Darcy is a citizen of the European Union (Ireland) and the United States. He served in the U.S. Army 1966-8 reached the rank Specialist-5 and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal.