Dr. Rodney A. Grunes

Rodney Grunes

Chair of History & Political Science
Professor of Political Science

A.B., Drew University, 1963; A.M., 1967; Ph.D., 1972, Duke University.

Contact Information

  • Office: Magale Library Basement 24
  • Phone: 869-5180
  • email

Dr. Rodney Grunes is a professor of political science as well as the chair of the history and political science department. He received his A.B. from Drew University and his A.M. and Ph.D. from Duke University. He has taught at Centenary for 21 years, and he specializes in the area American Politics and public law. Dr. Grunes is also a former professor at Southwestern at Memphis (Rhodes College), Rutgers University, Randolph-Macon Woman's College, and The Citadel.

Dr. Grunes has published on freedom of expression, civil rights, the role of the Supreme Court, the solicitor general, the separation of church and state, and affirmative action in Southeastern Political Review, American Political Science Review, Politics and Policy, Tulane Law Review, Journal of Church and State, Midsouth Political Science Journal, the Social Science Quarterly, Journal of Politics, Seton Hall Law Review, The University of San Francisco Law Review, and The White House Studies. He is the co-author of monograph Race and the Tobacco Industry published by Duke University and author of two chapters in the book Grassroots Constitutionalism and one chapter in Great Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. He has also authored a chapter in The Great Presidential Triumvirate: At Home and Abroad.

Dr. Grunes is a member of the board of directors of the ACLU of Louisiana in addition to being the president of the Northwest Louisiana Chapter of the ACLU. He is also a past president and co-founder of Southern Association of Pre-Law Advisors (SAPLA). Dr. Grunes is married to Judith Grunes, a head access librarian at Centenary, and he has two children, Eric and Jeff.

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