Theophilus Herrington is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University. Professor Herrington received his undergraduate education at Fort Valley State College in Fort Valley, Georgia. At Fort Valley State College, Herrington completed the B.A. degree in history and political science. Herrington’s undergraduate education also includes study at Harvard University, where he studied constitutional law and civil liberties. His graduate education was completed at the University of Illinois, where he was awarded the M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science with specializations in American Politics and Institutions, African American Politics, and Political Behavior. Herrington’s teaching and research interests are in urban politics, including housing policy, community development, and neighborhood based organizations.
Dr. Herrington began his career as an assistant professor of political science at Texas Southern University in 1976. At TSU, he has served as Chair of Department of Public Affairs, Program Director of the Public Administration Degree Program, Program Director of the Patricia Roberts Harris Public Service Education Fellowship Program, and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Graduate Programs for the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs and Dean of the School from 2004 to 2011.
Among awards and honors received by Dean Herrington are the Best Faculty Paper Award from Conference of Minority Public Administrators, American Society of Public Administration Houston Chapter President Award, Glynn County Citizen for Progress and Growth Humanitarian Award, and the 2005 Sylvester Murray Distinguished Mentor Award from the Conference of Minority Public
Administrators. He is affiliated with several professional and community organizations including the American Society for Public Administration, Conference of Minority Public Administrators, National Conference of Black
Political Scientists, Third Ward Community Development Corporation, and Rutherford B. H. Yates Museum, Inc.