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Dr. Bob Darcy was appointed by the Senate President Pro Tempore in 1997 and subsequently re-appointed in 2001 and 2006. Positions within the commission he has held include Summit Co-Chair for 1997 and 1999 and Assistant Secretary from 2003-2006. He has also served as Chair of the Eldercare committee and particpated in Eldercare hearings in 2000-2001.
Bob Darcy has taught Political Science and Statistics at Oklahoma State University since 1977. In 1991, he was made Regents Professor of Political Science and Statistics and continues to teach today. Darcy has lectured on six continents and he has been visiting professor at Keele University in England, Trinity College Dublin, Queen’s University Belfast, University College Galway, University of New South Wales Canberra, Academy of Korean Studies Seoul, Nagpur University India, the Universities of Conneticut and New Orleans, and a visiting scholar at the University of Tel Aviv. He specializes in elections, women in politics, and statistics.
Darcy has a very large collection of publications, authoring or co-authoring several books, including the award winning Oklahoma Women's Almanac with Commissioner Jennifer Puastenbaugh, and more than eighty published academic articles. He has also published fiction. He co-authored the first research to demonstrate women compete equally with similar male candidates as well as co-authoring a Markov model of women replacing men in legislatures. This model showed it will take decades for women to replace male incumbents unless the system is changed to reduce incumbent power. He also generated pioneering research showing how ballot design affects voter choice. Darcy has created projects for his students that research women's issues and involvement in politics and is currently working on researching the status of women in each of Oklahoma's 77 counties.
Darcy has been appointed to Oklahoma commissions dealing with judicial selection and women's issues and has served as an expert on elections and racial disparities for attorneys general in the Federal courts of six states. He was elected Chair of the Arts and Sciences Faculty Council, Chair of the OSU General Faculty and twice chair of OSU's AAUP chapter. He was honored with OSU's Sigma Xi Lectureship, the Oklahoma Bar Association's Liberty Bell Award, a Commendation from the Oklahoma House of Representatives and was made Keele University's (England) Bruce Fellow. The Oklahoma Political Science Association named named him Oklahoma's Outstanding Political Scientist. Darcy's biographies are in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World. His degrees are from the University of Wisconsin and the University of Kentucky.
He is married to Lynne Murnane. They have two daughters, Mary and Catherine, and two grandchildren, Éamonn and Ruairí.
R. Darcy and Jennifer Paustenbaugh, Oklahoma Women's Almanac (Stillwater & Edmond: OPSA Press, 2005).
R. Darcy and Richard C. Rohrs, Guide to Quantitative History (New York: Praeger, 1995).
R. Darcy, Susan Welch and Janet Clark, Women Elections and Representation, Second Edition, Revised (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1994); first edition (New York: Longman, 1987).
R. Darcy, Susan Welch and Janet Clark, Yeo Sung, Seon guh, Ui hoe Jinchul translated by Kim Hyun-Ja and Joo Chun-hee (Seoul: Hankuk Yeo Sung bal Won , 1990) Korean translation of Women, Elections and Representation.
R. Darcy, Jennifer and Paustenbaugh et al.. Things Ain’t What They Used To Be: The African-American Experience in Oklahoma. Oklahoman Educational Supplement, February 2009 (14 pages distributed to 20,000 school children grades 4 - 8).
R. Darcy, Jennifer Paustenbaugh and Kate Blalack with Regina Goodwin, Kelly Morris, Jordan Ross and T.J. Smith. Oklahoma Women: Footloose and Fancy-Free. Oklahoman Educational Supplement, March 2008 (16 pages distributed to 20,000 school children grades 4 - 8) and five quarter page newspaper curriculum items in The Oklahoman March 23 - 27, 2008).
R. Darcy, Jennifer and Paustenbaugh with Ayanna Bell, Kate Blalack, Leslie Echalk, Rich Paustenbaugh, Lynne Simpson-Scott and Latasha Wilson. Going to the Territory: The African-American Experience in Oklahoma. Oklahoman Educational Supplement, February 2008 (16 pages distributed to 20,000 school children grades 4 - 8) and five quarter page newspaper curriculum items in The Oklahoman February 17 - 20, 2008).
R. Darcy, Jennifer Paustenbaugh and Kate Blalack with Kelly Morris, Jordan Ross and T.J. Smith. Generations of Oklahoma Women Moving History Forward. Oklahoman Educational Supplement, March 2007 (16 pages distributed to 20,000 school children grades 4 - 8) and five quarter page newspaper curriculum items in The Oklahoman March 26 - 30, 2007).