KU News Release

Sept. 21, 2009
Contact: Alison Watkins, International Programs, (785) 864-4963

KU professor Burdett Loomis to discuss recent experiences in Nepal, Bangladesh

LAWRENCE — Burdett Loomis, professor of political science at the University of Kansas, will speak on “Innocent Abroad: Reevaluating American Politics by Explaining Obama from Kuala Lumpur to Kathmandu” at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Jayhawk Room in the Kansas Union.

Loomis recently traveled to Nepal and Bangladesh on U.S. State Department-sponsored trips to speak about U.S. politics and the Obama administration. Loomis also has completed speaking tours in Iraq, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Brazil, the British West Indies and Mexico.

His talk is sponsored by International Programs and the Department of Political Science.

In addition to teaching, Loomis is writing a new book about Kansas politics. He is focusing on the tremendous change that took place in Kansas politics from 1960 to 1975, when “the state was yanked out of the 19th century, into the late 20th century, for better or for worse.”

Loomis’ books include “The Contemporary Congress,” “Time, Politics and Policies: A Legislative Year,” “The New American Politician,” “Esteemed Colleagues: Civility and Deliberation in the United States Senate” and “The Sound of Money,” written with Darrell West. He is co-editor of “Choosing a President” and co-author of “Republic on Trial.” He and Allan Cigler, professor of political science at KU, are co-editors of seven editions each of “Interest Group Politics” and “American Politics: Classic and Contemporary Readings.”

Loomis was director of administrative communication for former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius in 2005 and interim director of KU’s Dole Institute of Politics from 1997 to 2001. He has directed KU’s Washington, D.C., and Topeka internship programs since the 1980s. Loomis is also director of the KU School of Law’s Legislative Clinic, through which students intern with Kansas legislators during the legislative session. This spring, he was a Hall Center fellow at KU. Loomis was a Brookings Institution guest scholar in 1984, 1996 and 2000. In 1984, he directed the Congressional Management Project at American University in Washington, D.C., and edited “Setting Course,” a guide for new members of Congress.

Loomis received KU’s W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in 1996 and a congressional fellowship with the American Political Science Association in 1975.

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