Emeritus Faculty


Bradley Canon


Professor of Political Science. Dr. Canon has been around the department longer than anyone else, coming in 1966 after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. Over the next 30 years, he served two terms as Department Chair, a couple of years as Acting Chair and a year as Acting Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. He has served on a few important committees around the university and lots of near-useless ones. He is also quite active in the profession and is a past President of the Southern Political Science Assn. and former section chair of the Law and Courts Section of the APSA. Dr. Canon's interests lie largely in the law, courts and judicial politics area. His co-authored book, JUDICIAL POLICIES: IMPLEMENTATION AND IMPACT, 2nd Ed., was published in 1999. His research has appeared in the discipline's major journals (American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, American Journal of Political Science, Polity, American Politics Quarterly, and Law & Society Review) as well as in other journals and books. Dr. Canon has supervised a dozen Ph.D. dissertations. He has coauthored several articles and conference papers with graduate students, and one with undergraduates. Dr. Canon is now semi-retired, teaching only during the spring semester.

Area of Specialization

Law, Courts and Judicial Politics.

Selected Publications
JUDICIAL POLICIES: IMPLEMENTATION AND IMPACT, 2nd Ed. (Washington: Congressional Quarterly Press, 1999) (coauthored with Charles A. Johnson)

"Studying Bureaucratic Implementation of Judicial Policies in the United
States: Conceptual and Methodological Approaches," pp. 76-100, in Marc

"Explaining the Competitiveness of Gubernatorial Primaries," LV Journal of  Politics 454-471 (1993) (coauthored with William Berry)

Charles Davis


Professor, received his B.A. from Centre College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. His primary teaching and research interests are Latin American politics, U.S.-- Latin American relations, and comparative political behavior. His secondary fields include American political thought and Appalachian politics. Dr. Davis wrote "Working-Class Mobilization and Political Control: Venezuela and Mexico" (1989), as well as various articles in academic journals including: American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Social Science Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Political and Military Sociology, Society, and Western Political Quarterly.

Area of Specialization

Latin American politics, U.S.-- Latin American relations and comparative political behavior.

Herbert Reid

Selected Publications

Herbert Reid and Betsy Taylor, Recovering the Commons: Democracy, Place, and Global Justice, Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press.


"Americans have mastered the art of living with the unacceptable." Breyten Breytenbach



John Stempel


JOHN D. STEMPEL is Senior Professor of International Relations at the University of Kentucky's Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce and was the school's Director from 1993 to June of 2003. Dr. Stempel graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 1960, then served as a U.S. Navy officer from 1960-1962. After his experience in the navy, Dr. Stempel decided to study political science at the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his M.A. in 1963 and his Ph.D. in 1965. His primary teaching and research fields are Diplomacy, Comparative Politics (India, Iran) and International Relations (Middle Eastern Politics, Diplomacy, Cross Cultural Negotiation and Bargaining). He wrote "Inside the Iranian Revolution" (Indiana University Press, 1981), another monograph on Religion and Diplomacy, and several articles on foreign policy issues. He was twice editorial chairperson of the Foreign Service Journal, and is a member of the University Press of Kentucky Editorial Board.  Prior to coming to Kentucky in 1988, Dr. Stempel completed a distinguished 23-year career in the United States Foreign Service. He served in three major Third World regions: first in Africa, working in Guinea, Burundi and Zambia; during 1975-79 he was posted to the U.S. Embassy in Iran; and in 1985-88 he served as U.S. Consul General for South India at Madras.  During his assignments in Washington, he held positions as the State Department's Crisis Center Director and as Director of the Office of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs in the Secretary of Defense's office.  He is a member of the New York Council of Foreign Relations and the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Council for Kentucky. He is also active in the International Studies Association, serving as Southern Region President in 2000, and is currently on the executive council of the Diplomatic Studies Section of ISA.

Area of Specialization
Comparative politics (India, Iran) and International Relations (American Foreign Policy, International Economic Statecraft, International Bargaining and Negotiation, and National Security Policy)

Selected Publications
"Religion and Intelligence," forthcoming in International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence.

Contemporary Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution: The Intertwining, paper published as a chapter in Multinational Policy Toward World Peace, Univ. of Illinois., 2002

Faith, Diplomacy and the International System, monograph published as a discussion paper by the European Diplomatic Studies Programme, No. 69. Published 2000

"Error, Folly, and Policy Intelligence," International Journal of Intelligence and Counter Intelligence,  Fall 1999, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 267-281.

Entry on U.S. State Department in Encyclopedia of U.S. Foreign Relations, Oxford University Press, 1997.


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