Kathryn A. DePalo
Areas of Expertise
American Government, Judicial Selection, State Government, Gender, Political Behavior
BA, University of Connecticut, Communications 1997
MA, Florida Atlantic University, Political Science 2002
PhD, Florida International University, Political Science 2006
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 415
Tel: 305-348-2859 | Kathryn.Depalo@fiu.edu
Kathryn DePalo received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Florida International University in 2006. Her book, The Failure of Term Limits in Florida was published in 2015 from the University Press of Florida and examines the effects of term limits on Florida’s state legislature. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University and a B.A. in Communications from the University of Connecticut.
Dr. DePalo has extensive experience in state and local government processes and elections both in Connecticut and Florida. She has managed several campaigns, including a successful countywide judicial campaign in Broward County, Florida. Her teaching focus is American politics, including judicial process, gender and politics, and state and local government. Dr. DePalo’s primary research interest is in Florida politics, and has published on topics such as state judicial selection, the effects of gender in state legislative politics, and career paths of term-limited legislators.
Dr. DePalo is the Director of PLATO, Pre-Law Advising and Training Office. She is the past president of the Florida Political Science Association. Dr. DePalo has been quoted in numerous local, national, and international media outlets and is a featured columnist for the Sayfie Review. Dr. DePalo has been a full-time faculty member in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Florida International University since 2006.