Bobbi Gentry

Bobbi Gentry

Associate Professor, Bridgewater College
Chapter Leader: Virginia SSN
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Gentry is a scholar of teaching and learning who focuses on improving student engagement in the classroom through simulations, policy problem/solution proposals, and research projects. She is also a youth voting scholar and does extensive research in political identify development. Dr. Gentry has recently published her book, Why Youth Vote: Identity, Inspirational Leaders, and Independence. Her current work on the scholarship of teaching and learning includes best practices in internships, curriculum review in higher education, and identity development in the Political Science classroom.


In the News

Bobbi Gentry quoted on the key to reaching across the aisle in local elections depends on a candidate’s ability to communicate shared values. by Calvin Pynn, "As City Voting Patterns Change, Two Council Candidates Face an Increasingly Difficult Task: Win As Non-Democrats" The Citizen, June 26, 2020.
Guest to discuss A few minutes on Your U.S. Constitution on One on One/WHSV3, Bobbi Gentry, September 17, 2019.
Guest to discuss Impact of the Mueller Report on WHSV3 Fox News, Bobbi Gentry, April 18, 2019.
Bobbi Gentry quoted on panel discussion for constitution day by Valerie Wells, "Courts are focus of Constitution Day panel at Millikin" Herald and Review, September 18, 2013.
Bobbi Gentry quoted on 9/11 impacting college students political identity by Megan Chrisler, "Delivering the MU Mission: Student and Professor Team Up To Study the Impact of 9/11 in the Classroom" The Decaturian, April 17, 2013.
Bobbi Gentry quoted on part of our responsibility is finding out what encourages young people to vote so we can do that encouragement in multiple ways -- not just through political parties but also through institutions by Allie Grasgreen, " Civic School Spirit" Inside Higher Ed, October 19, 2010.


"Political Identity Development in a Changing World" in The Psychology of Political Behavior in a Time of Change, edited by Jan D. Sinnott and Joan S. Rabin (Political Identity Development in a Changing World, 2021), 323-333.

Identities that development remains an understudied area of identity development, however, in changing times, knowing where people are in their identity development informs citizens, candidates, and researchers how identity shapes our world.

"Political Science Internships: Towards Best Practices Now Available" (with John C. Berg). American Political Science Association (2021).

Builds on a robust body of evidence that demonstrates the integrative power of internships to help students learn by doing. Targets faculty, instructors, and administrators who deliver political science curricula, this book examines the state of internships in the discipline, scrutinizing different types of internship programs, their vital components, and the roles of key stakeholders: faculty mentors and instructors, 

"Youth Voting Laws in Southern States," Southern Political Science Association Conference, 2020.

Discusses that states vary in their limitation or expansion of voting rights for young people, and especially college students. This research examines nine different southern states and their voter registration laws and residency requirements.

"Why Youth Vote" (Springer, 2018).

Narrates identity and the political components of identity development, this book will be of interest to political scientists studying public opinion and voting behavior, campaigns and elections, and political psychology, as well as practitioners such as civic engagement and youth voting groups who wish to engage young people in the political process.

"Teaching Civic Engagement: From Student to Active Citizen" in Bridging Adolescent Engagement and Adult Engagement, edited by Alison Rios Millett McCartney, Elizabeth A. Bennion and Dick Simpson (Cambridge University Press, 2013), 57.

Uses political psychology to understand the current gaps in the literature and the field between civic engagement and voting behavior, this research explores the theory of political identity development which can help us to understand how to encourage students to participate and better understand who they are in a political world.