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Pearson Cross

Host of Bayou to Beltway

Dr. Pearson Cross is associate professor and department head of the Political Science Department at UL Lafayette. His principal areas of teaching are state and local politics and Louisiana politics. He is a frequent commentator on politics and policy at the local, state, and national level. He has published on topics including redistricting, elections, white supremacy, southern political culture, and the Louisiana Judiciary. His most recent book is titled The Party is Over: The New Louisiana Politics (with Dr. Christie Maloyed, LSU Press, 2022). He is currently finishing a book about Bobby Jindal and the politics of education reform in Louisiana. Dr. Cross received his B.A., from San Francisco State University in 1985 and his Ph.D. from Brandeis University in Massachusetts in 1997. His first avocation is jazz piano; his second is southern cooking. He is married to Lisa Orten Cross and has one son, Elias, and one daughter, Lucy.

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