An Interview with Dr. D’Andra Orey

Dr. D’Andra Orey of Jackson State University gave a Brown Bag talk on Wednesday, April 12 as part of the Center’s Radical South Brown Bag Series, presented in partnership with the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies. Documentarian Chris Colbeck interviewed him about his research, and you can watch the interview here.

Interview with Dr. D’Andra Orey – 12 April 2017 from The Southern Documentary Project on Vimeo.

Dr. Orey’s talk was “Does the Confederate Flag Make You Sick?” and drew on his current research on racial attitudes using psychophysiological methods. The research systematically examines individuals’ physiological and subconscious responses to the Confederate flag to empirically test whether viewing the flag results in a negative response. 

Byron D’Andra Orey is Professor of Political Science at Jackson State University. His research interests are in political psychology, bio-politics and race and politics. He has published over thirty scholarly articles and book chapters and participated in over 100 professional conferences. He has received roughly $500,000 in grants for his research. As a professor he was selected as the national Teacher of the Year in 2008 and the Mentor of the year in 2011 by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. D’Andra currently serves on the Executive Committees of the American Political Science Association, Southern Political Science Association and Pi Sigma Alpha. He also served on the Committee on the Status of Blacks in the Profession (APSA) and currently serves on the editorial boards for State Politics & Policy Quarterly, the Journal of Race and Policy and the Pi Sigma Alpha undergraduate journal. He holds a B.S., in Business Administration from Mississippi Valley State University, a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Mississippi, A Master’s of Political Science from the University of New York at Stony Brook and a PhD from the University of New Orleans in Political Science.